Dominic M. Messina

03/02/1922 - 03/02/2020


Obituary For Dominic M. Messina

Dominic M. Messina 98 of Rockord passed away on his 98th birthday, March 2, 2020. He was born March 2, 1922 in Rockford, the son of Michael and Mary Messina. He served in the United States Navy during WWII. He married Helen LaRosa on December 1, 1956 in ST. Anthony Church. He worked for 11 years at the Illinois Central Railroad and then Valspar until his retirement in 1986. Dominic loved the outdoors, especially hiking and swimming. He loved his family, spending time with them was his love. Dominic was a loving Husband, Father and Grandfather. He and Helen shared 57 wonderful years of marriage, which he often referred to as the best years of his life. Helen and Dominic's life together remains a model of love and respect for their children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his three daughters, Mary (Mike) LaLoggia, Julia (Mike) Embry and Donna Messina (Dan Marinelli); grandchildren, Theresa (Ryan) Young of Naperville, Anna (Mike) Koenigs of Madison, John (Alexandra) LaLoggia of Chicago, Maria LaLoggia of Madison, Cristina LaLoggia, Abigail (Joe) Hammond, Hannah Embry and Samuel Embry. Great grandchildren, Elliot, Clark, Sophia and Bill. Brother, Steve (Audrey) Messina. Predeceased by his wife Helen. Parents. Brothers, Frank and Anthony. Sister, Annette Messina.

Funeral Mass at 11am Saturday March 7, 2020 in St Anthony of Padua Church 1010 Ferguson Street, with the Franciscan Friars officiating. Entombment in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation from 9am until 10:45 Saturday in the church. Express online condolences at


7 Mar


09:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Saint Anthony of Padua Church 1010 Ferguson Street Rockford, IL 61102 Get Directions »
7 Mar

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM

Saint Anthony of Padua Church 1010 Ferguson Street Rockford, IL 61102 Get Directions »
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  • 03/11/2020

    Dear Messina Family, My deepest, deepest sympathy of the loss of Dom. I missed the obituary and so sorry. He was a wonderful, wonderful man, husband, father and nano. God didn't make man any better than Dom...he was a blessing to his family. I will always have fond memories of him. God bless you all. With love.

  • 03/07/2020

    Donna, I just read your fathers obit.(Sat afternoon) Sending you Love, Hugs and Prayers as you grieve the loss of your dad.

  • 03/07/2020

    Donna, Sharon and I want to give our condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. We know he will be missed.

  • 03/06/2020

    Dear Cousins , We are so deeply saddened about the news of the passing of Uncle Dom. We will always remember his ever present cheery smile. We know you can hold happy memories in your heart. We wish we could be there with you tomorrow , but our arrangements have fallen through. Know that our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

  • 03/06/2020

    Dear Messina Family, I am very sorry to learn of Dom's passing. I have many fond memories of him. Most notably was his encouragement regarding my softball "skills". Your backyard was the most perfect place to play softball. The tree, utility pole and corner of the single car garage made great 1st, 2nd and 3rd bases. Homeplate was right outside the backdoor. (That may have been the corner of the picnic table?) Once when I hit the ball Dom said, "You hit that a country mile!" The many trips to Page Park still come to the forefront of my memories. He was a great man. Because of these positive memories, I made sure that I brought my own children to the park when they were little. My own daughter loved playing softball, herself. Dom continued the "going to the park" tradition in the fall of 1990 when we lived near them. I think three of Mary's children were living with Dom and Helen at the time. So, Dom, whom my children called Nanu, took them along with his own grandchildren to Page Park as well as the Children's farm. He would pull up vegetables from the garden there and give them to the children in order to feed the horses. It is a great man who can leave lovely memories to 3 generations.

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