Tony Artale remembered as a devoted family man and soccer lover.

Ken DeCoster
| Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Antonino “Tony” Artale of Rockford was a reliable household man whose lifelong ardour for soccer will maybe be traced to his boyhood in Roccamena, southwest of Palermo, Sicily. 

Artale was furthermore a worthwhile businessman, philanthropist, mentor and draw as soon as extra solver and a doting grandfather, in response to buddies.

Artale, 71, died Friday from COVID-19 elements

His grieving household included a easy and pretty direct request in Artale’s obituary: “Positioned on a f**cking masks, wash your arms and defend your distance,” till the pandemic is over. 

As a toddler in Italy, Artale dreamed of turning into an skilled soccer participant till his household moved to america when he was 14.

Artale by no means did shake his thick Italian accent, talked about David “Corky” Castegnaro, a Rockford lawyer and lifelong pal.

“He nonetheless talks like he merely obtained off the boat. I used to jack him ceaselessly about that,” Castegnaro talked about. “I mentioned, ‘, Tony, it’s about time you begin talking rattling English. The rationale individuals assume you’re so good and along with you by no means say one difficulty dangerous about anyone is that they will’t perceive you.’”

Artale labored all by the liquor enterprise his full life, beginning at a grocery retailer as a teen, co-owning a distribution agency and, in 2008, establishing Artale Wine Co., 6876 Spring Creek Freeway, collectively alongside alongside collectively together with his son, Anthony.

Gruno’s Diamonds President Brent Meade met Artale in 1975 and the 2 remained shut.

“We’d focus on our households, we’d focus on our corporations. He and I shared fairly just a few comparable prospects,” Meade talked about. “He sat on my boat or on my deck with my accomplice and I and had dinner I don’t know what number of circumstances. It was regularly solely a thrill to have him over. In precise reality, he’d be the leisure. He was a pal to so many individuals on this metropolis. It really is difficult to elucidate your total satisfying and all the issues we did.”

By way of his enterprise, Artale was in a position to assist pretty just some native charities by holding fundraisers or donating wines, talked about Linda Dennis, progress director for Shelter Care Ministries of Rockford.

“Tony was a very beneficiant man to fairly just a few organizations regionally,” Dennis talked about. “He was a caring one who really wished to supply as shortly as further to his neighborhood and did give as shortly as further to his neighborhood. That was merely his nature and he had that rapport with so many individuals. This was solely a shock.”

Artale pursued his love for soccer by way of educating and was regularly accessible to look at his kids’s and grandchildren’s video video video video video games.

“He wished them to succeed and so they additionally even have been and it’s so that unhappy,” Castegnaro talked about. “And he had heaps to do with it on account of he was a hell of a soccer participant and he merely mentored them and coached them. He was not overbearing. He would merely present little aspect choices and that’s the saddest subject about it.”

When not working or driving his grandchildren to soccer apply, Artale beloved recommending a robust bottle of wine, consuming with buddies and touring. 

In 2000, Artale took his household to Sicily to see his boyhood residence. 

Artale is survived by his accomplice of 45 years, Lucy, whom he met whereas attending a soccer sport; daughter Susie (Ryan) Fritz; son Anthony (girlfriend Alyssa Rehn) Artale; grandchildren Alyas and Izze Fritz and “Teen A,” due in Might; sisters, Rose (Leo) Ciaccio and Maria (Invoice) Mullen; brother Joe (Linda) Artale; nephews Nino Ciaccio and Billy (Kerry) Mullen; and a considerable quantity of further beloved kinfolk in Italy.

Personal household suppliers may very correctly be held.

As shortly as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, a celebration of Tony Artale’s life may very correctly be held on a soccer matter, his household talked about.

Ken DeCoster:; @DeCosterKen

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