Anthony V. GuariscoIssue Date: September 5, 2019
Anthony Vito Guarisco, 81, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 31.
Born July 18, 1938 in Chicago, IL, the youngest child and only son of John and Anna (Tramonte) Guarisco, his three older sisters were additional mother figures to him. He grew up in the city of Chicago near Humboldt Park. Upon leaving high school, he became an apprentice plumber, working with his brother-in-law Joe Donato.
While visiting a family-owned resort on Newton Lake, he met the love of his life, Eleanor (Baker). On November 30, 1957, the two were wed at St. Sylvester Church in Chicago. Tony was a plumber in Chicago until buying a tavern in rural Crivitz (located 13 miles West of Crivitz on Cty. W.) and called it the Top Wop. They owned Tony and Ellie's Top Wop from 1978 until 1983.
Tony and Ellie raised their 5 children in Illinois and Wisconsin. They left the tavern in 1983 and returned to the Chicago area, where Tony worked with his son, Joe, running Guarisco Plumbing until retiring and moving back to Crivitz in 2001.
More than anything, Tony loved his family. Everyone in the family knew if they needed something he would do anything for them. If you were family, or considered family, you didn't have to ask twice or explain what had happened, he was there doing whatever needed to be done.
His 15 grandkids loved to go fishing with grandpa at "the pond" and listening to the many colorful stories he had to tell. He would often break into song whenever the mood struck him and he would sing his own version of "Froggy Went a Courtin" and "Okeechobee". If it was your birthday, friends and family would get an extra treat--a phone call from Tony, who would sing "Happy Birthday" off key.
Other than his family, his garden was his pride and joy. He spent countless hours planting, watering, and harvesting his crops. He enlisted the help of many for those jobs, but loved the company and sharing what he grew. Many friends and family enjoyed a melon from his garden while sitting in his "office" with him.
Tony was an Endowment Lifetime Member of the NRA and taught all of his grandkids to hunt. Family knew they could always count on an open deer stand in the Sicilian Swamp. He had a smile and a story for everyone he met.
Tony is survived by his wife of 61 years, Eleanor; children, John (Debbie) Guarisco of Middle Inlet, Cathy (Roy) Woltmann of Norridge, IL, Vicki Guarisco of Crivitz, Joe (Carrie) Guarisco of Crivitz and Peggy (Jim) Zielinski of Crivitz, along with 15 grandchildren, Gina (Tom), Nikki (Brett), Tommy (Hannah), Anna (Drew), Tony, Brian (Cherish), Gary, Joey (Breanne), Anthony (Ashlei), Alyssa (Erik), Francesca (James), Becky (Brian), Kelly (Matt), Sarah and Alex (Amber); 23 great-grandchildren; his brother-in-law, Jim (Cheryl) and sister-in-law, Nancy, along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna; his sisters, Mamie (Joe) Donato, Mary (Al) Binsfield and Genevieve (Bob) Batson; his father-in-law (Sidney) and mother-in-law (Catherine); his sister-in-law, Barb (Harold) and a nephew, Steven.
Visitation will be held Thursday, September 5th from noon until time of the service at 3PM at Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home, Crivitz, WI. With Graveside service to follow.
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