ROANOKE - Gary C. Bertolo, 71, of 1007 N. Church St., Roanoke, died at 8:55 p.m. on Wednesday (June 6, 2007) at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke where he had been a resident since Aug. 16, 2005.
He was born Aug. 15, 1935, in Roanoke, a son of John and Katherine Bussone Bertolo. He married Betty Ries Lindsey on Feb. 3, 1957, in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving is one son, David (Alex) Bertolo, Rome, Italy; one sister, Mary Kay (Kenneth) Koch, Roanoke; one brother, John (Betty) Bertolo, Roanoke; and several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Gary graduated from the Roanoke High School in 1953. He worked for Home Insurance Co. in Peoria for 15 years. He then worked for Pekin Insurance Co., Pekin, for 28 years retiring Dec. 9, 1997. He was elected to staff management in 1989 and held the title of commercial lines specialist. He belonged to the Pekin Insurance Co. 25 year club.
Gary was a member of the Roanoke Benson Knights of Columbus for 50 years. He was past grand knight and had served as trustee. He also served as district deputy of the Knights of Columbus state organization. In 1973, he became a 4th-degree Knight and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Assembly 210 4th degree in Pekin.
He participated in the Roanoke Golf League and the Thursday Night Men's Bowling League, serving as officer at various times for both leagues.
Gary was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. He and his wife Betty had weekend home game tickets for 12 years (including night games starting on Aug. 8, 1988). He also was a Chicago Bears, Bradley basketball, Notre Dame football and Chicago Bulls fan. He had a passion for sports and loved watching all kinds of sports on television.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Roanoke, where he served as lector and usher for many years. He also had served on the parish council.
His funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at his church. Monsignor Charles Beebe will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke, with a recitation of the rosary at 8 p.m. Burial will be in the Roanoke Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Roanoke; Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke; or to the Parkinson's Association.