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Vincent ‘Jim’ F. Cirillo
March 8, 1938 — May 21, 2016
Vincent “Jim” F. Cirillo, age 78, passed away at his home on May 21, 2016, after a two-year illness, surrounded by the love and support of his family.
Vince, known to many as Jim, was born in Lannon on March 8, 1938, to parents Emil and Rose Cirillo. He was the youngest of seven children. The family later moved to Waukesha, and by age 12 he was mixing Italian sausage for a local meat market. After completing St. Joe’s Grade School, Vince attended Catholic Memorial High School, paying his own tuition by working as a stock boy at Krambo Foods. He graduated in 1957, joined the Army, and was sent to Germany, where he enjoyed its culture and fine selection of beers. He also had the opportunity to visit his father’s homeland of Calabria, Italy. When he returned in 1959, Vince rejoined Krambo (later Kroger) serving as a union steward for nine years. During this time, he married his wife Lynne and they had four children.
In 1971, he began working for the Godfrey Company, later Fleming, and became a proud Teamster at Local 200. He was a warehouse union steward for 25 years, and in 1994 was elected a trustee on Local 200’s Executive Board. Vince retired in 2001 to enjoy the cabin he built in northern Wisconsin, improve his golf game and cook Italian for his family.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lynne (Komberec); children Jane Glowacki (Dan), Joanne Cirillo, Jim Cirillo and Julie Bain (Dan); sisters Betty Shuff (Norm) and Rosemary Dresdow (the late Gene); and brother Emil Cirillo Jr. (Verene).
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Dominic and Carmin; and sisters Theresa LaVanway (Bud) and infant Barbara.
Vince was especially close to his grandchildren Brian (Danielle) and Theresa Glowacki, Eric and Kristin Ament, Jaclyn Cirillo, and Jenna and Aaron Bain, many special nieces and nephews, and a lifetime of good friends and colleagues.
Vince’s family is deeply grateful to Father Ken Augustine, pastor of St. Luke Catholic Church, Brookfield, and ProHealth Care Hospice nurse Kim. They gave the family and especially Vince the gift of aid and comfort in his last moments.
A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, June 11, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM with a memorial service at 2:00 PM at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha.
Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions. To receive this obit/directions, text 1621243 to 414-301-6422.