Duilio “Duke” Peter Sorini, 93, of LaGrange Park and formerly of Brookfield, died on Sept. 6, 2016.
Born in Chicago on Nov. 6, 1922 just months after his parents, Nello and Maria Pagni Sorini, arrived in America from Ponte Buggianese, Italy, he was an only child. Mr. Sorini served with distinction in the U.S. Army Air Corps, flying 40 missions in Europe as part of the 463rd Bombardment Wing of “the Swoose Group.”
He married Norma Ann Mazzetti on Oct. 16, 1948 and they started and operated a soda fountain parlor until taking over Febo Restaurant, “Famous for Nothing”, in November of 1949 with a cousin, Leo Cecchi, whose mother founded the restaurant in 1929.
Together, they made Febo into one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Chicago. Mr. Sorini retired in 1986 to spend time with his family, frequenting hundreds of sporting events, dance recitals and school events for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In his final years, he loved family dinners, dessert, playing cards and watching the Cubs and the Bears.
Services have been held. Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. Memorial donations are appreciated to the COPD Foundation, 3300 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Miami, Florida, 33134.
Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.