Mario John Sebastiani, 93, of Kankakee, handed away Monday (June 7, 2021) in the residence he loved. He used to be surrounded by means of these he lived for, his family.
He used to be born Feb. 25, 1928, the son of Eugene and Carlotta (Lenci) Sebastiani. Mario married the former Betty Bright on June 26, 1954.
In his youth, he was once a paper boy for the Kankakee Republican (precursor of The Daily Journal). At age 16, he formally started out employment with the newspaper. It grew to be his profession for sixty five years. His first obligations have been the jobs in the pressroom no one else desired to do like wiping down the presses. His older brother, Louie, was once inducted into the U.S. Navy in the course of World War II. Mario took his region in circulation. When Louie got here home, Mario lower back to the pressroom and quickly grew to become a pressman. As enhancements started to affect the printing of newspapers, new offset presses had been acquired. During this identical period, he grew to be pressroom superintendent. The Daily Journal additionally grew to become a print web site for USA Today for the Chicago area. Under his supervision, The Daily Journal gained many prestigious awards for printing quality, which includes quite a few from USA Today. His last role with the paper used to be that of ordinary manager. He used to be instrumental in the daily operation of the paper. His popularity and relationship with his friends used to be one of easiest recognize and admiration.
Marion served in the U.S. Army all through the Korean War. Because of his printing experience, he was once stationed in Tokyo, Japan. Each day he would get hold of aerial photos of the war the front and print maps for the area command that confirmed conflict traces and troop placements. His navy provider ended in 1954.
His incredible pleasure was once to see matters grow; notably his backyard and fruit trees. Every summer time there used to be an abundance of greens and fruit to be picked and delivered to friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances. His two most favored spots on earth have been his personal returned yard and in current years, his dwelling room chair. From that standpoint he should watch his plantings develop with one eye and the inventory market with the other.
Surviving are his daughters, Gina (Michael) Pullen and Linda (Jim) Scanlon; grandchildren, Mary (Mitch) Holmgren, Melissa (Peter) Chung, Brad Johnson, Stephanie (Mark) Alessi and Sarah (Kelly) Krippel; stepgrandchildren, Jenna Kostelicz and Jamie Panici and their families; great-grandchildren, Brady and Ella Chung, Evan and Leah Alessi and Kyle Holmgren; sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Elinor Bright; and caregiver, D’Angelo Hunter.
Preceding him in demise have been his spouse of sixty seven years, Betty (Bright) Sebastiani; parents, Eugene and Carlotta Sebastiani; cherished brother, Louie Sebastiani; brother-in-law, Joseph Bright; and sister-in-law, Elsie Menard.
A time of remembrance will be held in his honor at Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene, one thousand North Entrance Ave., Kankakee, on Monday, June 14. There will be a quick visitation from 10 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. observed through a provider at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Aroma Township.
Mario was once a committed husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. We had been blessed to have had his love and presence in our lives. He used to be a first-rate man with a awesome heart.
Memorials may also be made to the household to raise out Mario’s wishes.