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