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Karl J. Canavesi Sr. 1931-2016

Karl J. Canavesi Sr.Karl Joseph Canavesi Sr., 84, of Rockford passed away Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Karl was born Tuesday, November 27th, 1931, in Rockford to Peter Canavesi and Mary (Logli) Drugger. As a young boy, Karl enjoyed working as a butcher in his grandfather Joe Logli's store. He graduated from West High School in 1950. Karl served in the United States Air Force for four years. He graduated from Rockford College in 1959. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Karl attended law school at the University of Wisconsin and graduated in 1962. He joined the Wisconsin Bar Association August 17th, 1962, and the Illinois State Bar Association April 9th, 1965. Karl continued to practice law as the Assistant City Attorney for Rockford. He formed his own law firm, retiring in 2002.

Karl was a member of many clubs and organizations in Rockford, including the Giuseppe Verdi society. He was very proud of his Italian heritage. He was a fabulous cook and enjoyed cooking for his family and friends. He also enjoyed playing golf, going fishing, and hunting. He especially enjoyed traveling with his family and friends in his motorhome. Karl Sr. is survived by his daughter, MaryJo (Rick) Stauffer of Franklin, TN; son, Karl (Kathy) Canavesi Jr. of Rockford, IL; granddaughter, Jessica (Brian Disharoon) Canavesi of Rockford, IL; grandson, Kraig (Melissa Fischer) Canavesi of Wauwatosa, WI; great-grandchildren, Hannah Canavesi and Camden Disharoon. Karl was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, Clarence Drugger and the mother of his children, Josephine (Gulotta) Canavesi. 

Services have been held.

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Morgan Yingst