Veterans Who Have Passed–Alessandro Guerrera

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Feb. 22, 2019.

Veterans Who Have Passed: Samuel R. Perrecone

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Jan. 6, 2020.

Frances “Fran” (Dodaro) Castrogiovanni – 2013 obituary

Source:  Rockford Register Star 9/8/2013

McDermott, Gerald D. – Nov 2016


Source: Rockford Register Star 11/20/2016


Decastris, Valentino E. ‘Val Eddy’

Decastris, Valentino

1944 graduate West High School.

A self-taught professional musician for 70 years

WWII veteran performing with the U.S. Army’s Dance and Marching bands

He and Homer Carlson were the Val Eddy Duo for 50 years, recording for MCA.

Dave Pitts (Lamond) joined them in the 1950’s as the Val Eddy Trio, performing live nightly on WTVO’s “The Song Shop.”

Val’s bands had extended engagements at the Town Lounge, Times Lounge, Red Garter, Carriage House, Cart, Faust, Stockholm Inn, Riviera Ballroom, Manor, Gun Club, Stan Hack’s, Brandywine, Chicago hotels and resorts.

Died August 4, 2014.

Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Holy Family Church.

Source: Rockford Register Star August 13, 2014