Tony Licocci

  • Born: November 28, 1928
  • Died: July 24, 2019
  • Location: Rock Falls, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

Tony A. Licocci, 90 of Rock Falls died Wednesday July 24, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling.

He was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1928 in Rock Falls, the son of Sam and Mary (Cedro) Licocci. He attended St Mary Grade School in Sterling; was a graduate from Community Catholic High School and earned his degree from Illinois State University. He married Betty L. Wilder, whom he had met at ISU, on June 16, 1951 in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Bloomington, IL.

Tony had been a teacher for 38 years retiring from Rock Falls Township High School in 1989. During his career as a teacher he also coached and for many years was an IHSA wrestling official. He had been inducted into the Illinois State University Hall of Fame for his football skills and earned the title of Most Valuable Player in 1951. He also had been an inductee in the Community Catholic High School (Newman) Hall of Fame in Sterling. Tony was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; his children: Sam (Mary) Licocci of AZ, Teresa Licocci of Rock Falls, Tom (Sue) Licocci of Rock Falls and Sue (Jeff) Henson of AZ; 7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; his brother Sam (Marguerite) Licocci of Mundelein, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Leatice Fritz.

A celebration of his life will take place on Tuesday July 30, 2019 from 5-8 PM at Nicks Tavern, 1300 Prophetstown Road in Rock Falls.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Rock River Hospice and Home in his memory would be appreciated.