Anthony F. Provenzano
April 12, 1936 — Oct. 28, 2015
Anthony F. Provenzano, of Oconomowoc, passed on from this life on October 28, 2015, at the age of 79 years. He was born April 12, 1936, in Chicago, the fourth child to Joseph and Anna (Mangano) Provenzano.
Anthony grew up in the historic Old Town district of Chicago, attending St. Michael’s grade school and Washburn Trade School where he learned the typesetting trade. He later served for six years in the Army National Guard. As a boy living close to Wrigley Field, Anthony developed a magical enthusiasm for baseball and the Chicago Cubs. He spent his boyhood days playing baseball in Lincoln Park and attending Cubs games whenever possible, finding creative ways to enter Wrigley with friends or serving as a part of the clean-up crew to earn tickets for upcoming games. Anthony moved up to Oconomowoc in 2014, but his lifelong passion for the Cubs never wavered; he was thrilled and blessed to be able to watch his beloved Cubbies make it to the playoffs this season.
Anthony married his loving wife, Frances, in September 1960; they built a family together, raising their three children Nancy, Rosanne and Tony in the “crazy Ks” neighborhood in Chicago. Anthony built his own typesetting business, Provenzano Typesetting, and enjoyed a long and successful career with a solid network of associates and friends in the printing industry. Anthony had a lifelong passion for music (good jazz), and loved spending his time listening to music and dancing with Frances in the old-time jazz clubs in Chicago as teenagers and throughout their lives. Together, with their dancing prowess, they shared a legacy for clearing a dance floor and quickly captivating an audience. Anthony and Frances were blessed to share their lives and families with a wonderful group of lifelong friends.
Anthony’s passion for nature and fishing inspired their recent move up to Oconomowoc, where he enjoyed a quieter life with beautiful views of the many lakes and trees nearby. Anthony possessed a unique and treasured gift of drawing people in and becoming quickly endeared. He loved people, talking with people and learning their stories, and forever leaving a lasting impression in their hearts.
Anthony is survived by his wife, Frances, of 55 years; daughter Nancy and husband, Daniel, of Mount Prospect, Illinois; daughter Rosanne of Chicago; and son Tony of Oconomowoc. He is also survived by his adored and adoring grandchildren, Calvin and Peter, Ian and Natalie, as well as sister Pauline of Oswego, sister Jean of Munising, Michigan, and sister Pat of Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Anthony was predeceased by his parents and older brother John of Claremore, Oklahoma.
The family wishes to thank the medical staff of Aurora Medical Center in Oconomowoc for their devoted care to Anthony during these last critical weeks of his life.
Visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial were held at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 1001 S. Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc, on Wednesday, November 4.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude’s Charity for Children or the American Cancer Society.
Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm- Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 262-5674459 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.