Michael A. Vaccarello

11/30/1940 - 11/05/2021


Obituary For Michael A. Vaccarello

Michael A.Vaccarello, 80 years old of Rockford Illinois passed away Friday, November 5, 2021, at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center. Michael was born on November 30, 1940, in Rockford. He was the son of Sam and Madeline Vaccarello. He graduated from West High School in 1960. After High School, he served in the US Army and then the Army Reserves. In 1965, at St.Edwards Church he married the love of his life, Mary Bunk. At the age of 18, he started working at Bachrodt's as an auto body technician. He then went to work at his Father's grocery store Trade Rite Foods which he eventually took over when his father retired. Later he followed his passion for cars and worked as a salesman at Saturn of Rockford for 10 years. Mike always had a love for music. He enjoyed playing the big bass and singing in a jazz trio band where they performed at numerous wedding receptions and nightclubs. He was also known for his out-going personality and serenades of Frank Sinatra!

He is survived by his three daughters, Gina Church of Sun Prairie, WI, Lisa Church of Rockford, IL, Angela (Mike) Vaccarello-Nelson of Roscoe, IL. Granddaughter Jenna Church. Also, his special friends are referred to as his Goombadies, Pete DiVenti, Joseph Bove, and Dick Swenson. Special thanks to all of the 3rd Floor nursing care, especially Chemere for having a special place in her heart while caring for our Dad.

Funeral Mass at 11 am Monday, November 15, 2021, at St.Anthony's Church. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation from 2-4 pm Sunday, November 14, 2021, in Tony Gasparini Funerals Chapel, 6825 Weaver Road.


14 Nov


02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Tony Gasparini Funerals 6825 Weaver Rd. Rockford, IL 61114 Get Directions »
15 Nov

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM

Saint Anthony of Padua Church 1010 Ferguson Street Rockford, IL 61102 Get Directions »
15 Nov


11:30 AM

Calvary Catholic Cemetery 8616 W State Road Winnebago, IL 61088 Get Directions »
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  • 02/18/2022

    I am so sorry for your loss, R>I>P> Michael, good Warrior, I was '59 graduate

  • 11/15/2021

    Oh, I was so sad to hear this and told many musicians whom I saw tonight. Mike was such a nice man and a good friend of my later father, bassist Val Eddy. I hadn't seen him in some time but he always made a point to talk to me at St. Ambrogio Club and tell me how much he admired my father and how he knew him well. My deepest condolences to the family. We have lost yet another great entertainer/bassist of Italian descent from south Rockford in just a month....may God give you all peace and may Mike be singing praise and all that jazz in Heaven. God bless you all.

  • 11/12/2021

  • 11/12/2021

    Sorry for your loss. May warm memories comfort you. Jean Choate

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