The Obit For Tony Zawlocki

Anthony Zawlocki

Published in Rockford Register Star from October 20 to October 21, 2011

Anthony "Tony" J. Zawlocki, 95, of Loves Park died peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Provena Cor Mariae Center, surrounded by his family.

Born Sept. 18, 1916, in Rockford, son of Stanislaus "Stanley" and Wladyslawa "Lottie" (Zambrowska) Zawlocki.

Tony was raised in a Polish Catholic home. Attended St. Stanislaus and St. Thomas Schools. At 6-3, Tony was an athlete who excelled in basketball and baseball. He played basketball for the Montague House, St. Thomas, and won the city championship while playing for Amerock, where he was employed for 45 years, retiring in 1982.

His baseball career as a pitcher spanned 16 years. While pitching for the PNA (Polish National Alliance) in Rockford, Tony signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals for $90 a month and played until drafted into the Army.

While in the U.S. Army, Tony stayed at Camp Grant and continued pitching ball. Married Evelyn "Evie" Allbee on Sept. 18, 1948. They moved to Loves Park and together raised three children.

An avid fisherman and excellent card player, Tony fished all the lakes and knew every card in the deck. He was a family man who was happiest when surrounded by his loved ones.

Survivors include wife, Evie; son, Mike (Joan) Zawlocki of Rockton; daughters, Pat Zawlocki of Loves Park and Julie (Rick) Bounds of Dallas; wonderful grandchildren, Jeremy Zawlocki, Matt (April) Zawlocki and Jill (Mike) Vicencio; special great-grandchildren, Trevor and Sophia.

Predeceased by parents; brothers, Walt and Gene; and sister, Jean.

Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in St. Bridget Catholic Church, 600 Clifford Ave., with visitation from 9 to 10:15 a.m.

Burial in Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Bridget Catholic church choir. Arrangements by Delehanty Funeral Home Ltd., 401 River Lane.