Michael Joseph Nannini
The world lost a remarkable man and the heavens rejoiced at his homecoming.
Michael Joseph Nannini died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on April 30, 2022.
His devoted wife, Rita, was waiting for him with open arms.
Mike was born on the north side of Chicago, Illinois on September 3, 1928 to Ferdinand and Maddalena (Nee Paoletti) Nannini. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Leo, Rose, and Betty; and is survived by his in-laws Carm Nannini and Kay and Jerry Doyle.
Although he was faithful to all Chicago sports teams, he was a true-blue fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Blackhawks.
On September 3, 1955, he married Rita Ann Maloney and embraced her south-side family.
Mike and Rita were blessed with five children: Joanmarie (Russell) Wong, Robert (Jolene) Nannini, Janet (the late Thomas) McFall, James (the late Lauren) Nannini, and Thomas (Jamie) Nannini. Mike also leaves behind his “adopted” daughter, Donna Jonas. Mike was known as Pa to his loving 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was a caring uncle to many nieces, nephews, and their families.
Mike proudly served his country in the Korean War as a Sergeant in the U. S. Army, 2nd Infantry, Artillery Division, at Chosen Reservoir, South Korea. He was honorably discharged several months early following a severe bout of pneumonia and loss of one of his lung lobes. As was common to many veterans of that conflict, Mike seldom spoke about his service, the ravages of war, or his physical scars, but would humbly tell his grandchildren “I did it for you.”
He was proud to be part of the Veterans Honor Flight to Washington D.C. on June 8, 2016. Upon his return from that trip, he was surprised to be greeted by a large group of family. We can vividly recall his smile and delight at that homecoming. He also was part of an honorary tribute at a Chicago Blackhawks game.
His family will always be his legacy. He taught us so much and we will always cherish his work ethic, integrity, honesty, patience, selflessness, unconditional love, and sarcastic humor.
A private mass will be celebrated at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Salt Lake City, and he will be laid to rest at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, Salt Lake City.
In lieu of flowers, feel free to make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
More importantly, please thank a veteran for their service at any opportunity you have.