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Saverio “Tony” Dorsano

Dec 01, 1931 - Jan 12, 2020


88 years old, of Sheboygan, Wisconsin
#1 Cubs Fan

Born on December 1, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Angelo and Catherine (Mannina) Dorsano, Sr., Saverio Anthony Dorsano proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. To finish his tour of duty he was transferred to Camp Haven, Wisconsin, where he assisted with the training of reserve and guard units. During this period of time he met Julia Ann “Judy” Schneider, daughter of the late Henry and Sophia (Behrens) Schneider, Sr., whom he married on May 28, 1955, at Holy Name Church in Sheboygan. She preceded him in death, December 31, 1988. Saverio retired from Plastics Engineering Company in 2000. He also was a professional plasterer in the building trade.

Saverio was a loving father to Anthony (wife, Maureen), Nick (wife, Rebecca), Sofia (husband, Stephen), Michael (wife, Barbara), Catherine (fiancé, Edward), and David (wife, Patricia) Dorsano.

He was much loved as a brother by the late Concetta (Mannina, late husband, Diego “Jack”), the late Rosalind (Consiglio, late husband, Frank Sr.), the late Camille (Weber, late husband, Edward), Nick (late wife, Margaret), Patricia (Coffland, late husband, Richard), the late Angelo, Jr. “Butch”, and Carol (Peterson, husband, Charles), and beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews.

He was the proud grandfather of Elizabeth (Summa), Christopher, Julia, and Michael Curran-Dorsano, and Nicholas, Tyler, Saverio, Teresa, and Fredrick Dorsano. He also welcomed into the family, Jennifer (Maurin), Edward Jr., and Christina D’Angelico, and Sarah (Gee), the late Daniel, and Matthew Dabner. He had four great-grandchildren, Aiden, Finn, and Rowan Summa, and Nora Dorsano.

Reading books, listening to music of all kinds, and solving crossword puzzles were a few of Saverio’s many interests. He was an avid sports fan, and he enjoyed bowling regularly. As an active member of St. Peter Claver Church, Saverio volunteered in the roles of commentator, lay minister, and Boy Scouts leader. He also coached many of the baseball teams of his children. He was a member of the VFW Post 9156. In 1938 Saverio saw his first Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field, and from then on, it was an unwavering love affair. He said the losing tradition was never a factor once a new season started. In the 1950s he tried out as a walk-on for the team, shagging fly balls in the outfield and taking three pitches from Bob Rush.

Saverio’s children acknowledge the medical care provided by neurologist Dr. Piero G. Antuono, geriatrician Dr. Jessica L. Kuester, and the neurology team at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They were resources for Saverio’s children, as well, helping them to understand Lewy Body Dementia and assist and advocate for Saverio during the progression of the disease.

Saverio appreciated the kindnesses of many members of the assisted living nursing staff at Pine Haven Christian Home and friendships with fellow residents there for several years. He looked forward to the cheerful visits and haircuts from Chrissy Ertman, or “Pee-Wee”, his name for her, for many years. Thanks also to Dr. Michael Johnson and his staff at Sheboygan Internal Medicine. In the last days of Saverio’s life, he received compassionate care from the skilled nursing team at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th St., Sheboygan, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Saverio on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1439 S. 12th St., Sheboygan at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, or the Lewy Body Dementia Association

Online condolences may be expressed at


Date: Friday Jan 17, 2020
Time: 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]

Funeral Mass

Date: Saturday Jan 18, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church [map]



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Paul Pachniak

Hello, sorry for your loss. I am working on getting a St Peter Claver class of 1970 reunion together and am looking for Tony's address and email address, it would be great if someone could get me this info. Thanks and take care!

Marie Weber-Retherford

Dear Tony, Sofia, and Nick, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your father. We're never really "ready" to say that final good bye; I know you will miss him dearly. He seemed like an incredible man, with a lifetime of stories to tell. May your fondest memories console you. Prayers and big hugs speeding your way. Love, Marie/Mur

Lois and Jim Richmond

Cathy Dorsano: Though I never met your father personally, I learned so much about him from you Cathy. Your loving words about him were such a tribute to a great man. You took wonderful care of him during the last years of his life. Living far across the country from him, I regret I was never able to meet him personally, but admired the way he expressed love to you and other members of your family.

Barb Prueher

A great man who will be missed by all. The bunny girl loves you!

Mike VanDeKreeke

My sympathies on Tony's passing. He was a great guy to work with at Plenco. When my aunt Nora was at Pine Haven, he would sit with her at mealtime. Neither spoke much, I think they just enjoyed the quiet company.

John Mannina

Nick, Sofia, Michael, Cathy, David, and families, our hearts and prayers are with all of you! Uncle Saverio was a very loving and generous man. He was a true "gentleman" in every sense of the word. I remember whenever he called my mom ( his sister Connie) on the phone, her voice would almost squeal with delight. Oh how she loved him! He will be missed but how lucky were all of us for having him on our lives. One thing is for sure, heaven just became a little more special! Much love, John, Laura, and Jack Mannina

Peggy Roberson

Cathy , Know that we are thinking of you ,and sending prayers of peace and comfort during this difficult time . Rest well Mr. Dorsano. God bless

Jackie (Pine Haven Volunteer)

Cathy and Family, I came across the hall to visit with "My Favorite Cubs Fan" today and was saddened to find that he had passed away. When I came to see him last week, he was asleep and I didn't want to disturb him. As a die-hard Brewer fan myself, we had some great baseball talks! The very first day I met him, he was wearing his Cubs hat. I told him that I noticed his hat and I didn't like it...but I liked him anyway! He was always ready for some Brewers/Cubs banter! Saverio was such a kind and gentle man. My most sincere condolences to his family. Treasure the many wonderful memories you have. I will miss him very much.

Cathy Dorsano

My sweet father, how I miss you dearly but am trying to find my peace that you are free of all you endured. Thank you for being above and beyond the best father and friend one could ever have. You're forever in my heart everyday and I look forward to the day I meet you and mom again. Embrace the love and light of God, the peace and the love of all those who went on before you. I'm so proud to be your daughter, so proud to be a Dorsano. No matter how challenging it could be through your years of illness, it was an honor to be your caretaker. Until we meet again daddy, God Bless your beautiful soul. I miss you so much already.