Vito Andrea Racanelli

April 6, 1945 - September 19, 2021
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Vito Andrea Racanelli, age 76, of Woodstock, IL passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2021, with his loving wife by his side. He was born on April 6, 1945, in Chicago, IL to Vito Racanelli and Lucille Gianfrancesco. Vito married his first wife in 1967, Wanda Lee Racanelli (Roberts), with whom he had three childrenContinue Reading

Kevin Dooley left a message on January 19, 2022:
I met Dr. Racanelli while looking to create a motorcycle night at the Chicago Rush Arena Football team, and he introduced me to the Ride for Kids and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Dr. Racanelli was a true force, the voice of wisdom. Sad to hear of his passing, grateful that I got to work with him. May his family be blessed by his memory and legacy.
Brynn Grant left a message on September 29, 2021:
Beautiful, Beau. Loved reading this. Every good wish to you and yours— Brynn
Beau left a message on September 25, 2021:
The son of immigrant parents, Vito was quite rightly proud of his heritage and inspired within so many the importance of respect and dignity of all persons. I fondly remember my uncle as someone who simply was not content sitting still, from getting so close to winning the golden gloves championship as a young man, to football, water skiing, snow skiing, snowmobiling, golfing, and so much more in later years. Among countless memories, I very much remember Vito as an amazing teacher. He simply had a quiet and affirming way of providing enlightenment, whether helping a novice get up on water skis or impressing one of his college science professors as "able to explain things really well". He loved the movies, and always with the biggest bag of popcorn and largest cup of soda pop. Among comedies, he truly enjoyed "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" and the original of "The Producers". And on the more serious side, when I once asked him about the ending to the sequel of "2001: A Space Odyssey" (where he was always quick to mention that Hal 9000 was created at the University of Illinois!) and whether the film perhaps ended in hokey way when two suns emerged at the end of the film with a call for world peace, he replied "No... I think that could actually happen." His ability to pleasantly surprise with sometimes unexpected mixes of being deeply thoughtful yet light, or stubborn yet always learning, turned all of his nieces and nephews into huge fans. I think that most of all I will miss the smile that would appear on his face after a deep laugh, only to fade all too quickly. I am grateful for Vito's life lessons, and for his life that has faded all too soon.
Laurie Cwerenz left a message on September 25, 2021:
Maxine, Andy and Tony, We will always remember Vito with his quick wit and smile. He always had time to share with others though he was one of the most busy guys around. "Dr. Vito" was a great neighbor and friend. He will be missed. Jim and Laurie Cwerenz
Jean von Heimburg left a message on September 24, 2021:
Vito was a force to be reckoned with! He was fierce, strong, yet the kindest person you could ever know. He was generous and loving to all he met and enjoyed a good time! I am so sad we were not able to be a part of his life the last few years. I am so sorry you boys have lost the Patriarch of your family. My love to you boys. Maybe Vito and Fritz are both singing and Lee is sitting right between them smiling!
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Erik left a message on September 24, 2021:
Our father revealed his kindness, wisdom, and grace in every interaction I had with him. I feel fortunate to have known him and thankful that he and I were able to share some moments and memories of our lives with each other. I am grateful that I had the chance to thank him for giving me four of the greatest gifts of my life - the gift of life itself, the gift of who I am, and the gifts of my two beloved brothers. While I am deeply saddened to have to say goodbye so soon, I am eternally grateful for the kindness and love he showed me, and proud to be his son. Erik
Jean von Heimburg left a message on September 24, 2021:
Lee is sitting right between them smiling!
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