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Thomas Gargano

January 10, 1946 — February 24, 2020

Thomas Gargano

Thomas James Gargano, 74, of Bloomington, passed away at 1:12 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020.

A private service will be held. Interment will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bloomington. The family wishes to invite you to an open house, a Celebration Of Life for Thomas will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 1706 R T Dunn Drive in Bloomington. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributes may be given to the Community Cancer Center in Normal.

Thomas was born on January 10, 1946 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, a son to John Paul and Dorothy Jewell Manion Gargano, Sr. He married Nancy Weaver on June 19, 1971 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Bloomington.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Gargano of Bloomington; children, Amy (Scott) Waller of Hudson, Betsy (Josh) Maletz of Denver, Colorado, and Matthew Gargano of Bloomington; grandchildren, Austin Waller, Alicia Waller, Jude Maletz, Zoe Maletz, and Brady Gargano; and sisters, Donna (Jim) Marshino and Ruthann Donovan. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Gargano, Jr.

Thomas received his Master's degree in Geography and Geology in 1987 from Illinois State University. He proudly served his country in the United States Army and reached the rank of Sergeant. He was stationed in Juneau, Alaska, where he was a surveyor.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Bloomington since 1971. Thomas was an avid Yankees fan, and enjoyed bowling, painting and crafting in his spare time. He appreciated poetry and wrote more than fifty poems on his blog He was a talented singer, songwriter, and musician. When he was younger, he was a member in the singing duo Casual Teez and once opened for The Beach Boys. He and his son performed as Pop & I at various local venues. Later in life, Thomas was a regular performer at Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Bloomington.

Thomas was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

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