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Benny Mercieri

Died: Saturday, February 01, 2003
Age: 101
Benny Mercieri, 101, Twin Lakes died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at Memorial Hospital, Burlington.

He was born Nov. 28, 1901, in Bari, Italy, the son of Leuigi and Maria Localzo Mercieri. He came to the United States in 1922.

He served in the Italian Army.

On April 14, 1941, in Chicago, he married Sarah Cipolla. She died Dec. 4, 1998.

He lived in Chicago and Arlington Heights, Ill., before moving to Twin Lakes six years ago. He worked as a bricklayer, as superintendent of public works for the village of Kenilworth, Ill., and then in maintenance for the Kenilworth School District. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, Twin Lakes, and was active at the Westosha Senior Center.

He is survived by two sons, Louis, Hebron, Ill., and Benni, Elk Grove Village, Ill.; one daughter, Marie Steidle, Twin Lakes; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Michael; and one sister, Regina Fano.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 4, at St. John's Catholic Church, Twin Lakes, with the Rev. Michael Erwin officiating.

Entombment was in All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, Ill.

The family received friends at the Haase-Derrick-Lockwood Funeral Home, Twin Lakes. The family suggested memorials to the oncology department at Memorial Hospital, Burlington.

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