Tony Gargano

Tony Gargano, 96, of Tucson, Arizona, and formerly of North Riverside, died May 22, 2021 after a brief illness.

Mr. Gargano was a proud World War II veteran who fought in the European theater and served time in a German prisoner-of-war camp.

Born in Chicago, he was one of 11 children of Italian immigrants, Rose and Salvatore. He spent most of his life working as a carpenter at the University of Illinois at Chicago and loved to fix, build and create. He loved to work on his own building projects and helping everyone with theirs.

In his later years, Mr. Gargano enjoyed his retirement in southern California. He eventually moved to Tucson to be closer to his daughter and her family.

Mr. Gargano is survived by his daughters, Gina Chorover, Laura Gargano and Patricia Gargano; his son-in-law, Jon Chorover; his grandchildren, Talia Chorover and Nate Chorover; his sister, Elizabeth Savoia; and many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his ex-wife, Dorothy; his longtime companion, Norma Cardillo; and his siblings, Carmen, Vincent, Louie, Jerry, Salvatore, Susan (DiGioia), Anna (Welford), Albert and Rose (Vorreyere); and many close friends. He loved and was loved by many dogs, including Brandy, Ace and Sammy.

Family and friends were the most important thing to him as was a job well done. All who knew Tony were blessed by his eternal optimism, sense of joy and desire to help others.

Visitation is Tuesday, June 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Words of Remembrance Ceremony at 7 p.m. at Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. Funeral on Wednesday, June 2 from Russo’s Hillside Chapels at 9 a.m. until time of chapel service at 10 a.m. Entombment is at Queen of Heaven Cemetery’s Christ the King Garden Mausoleum.

Donations may be made to the Hull House (, which played an important role in Tony’s life and the life of the Italian community in Chicago.