MESA, Ariz. - Alvio D. Antonini, 85, of Mesa, passed on at a hospice center from natural causes on Aug. 15, 2013, comforted by his beloved family and friends. He had been living at Grand Court assisted living facility in Mesa for the past two years.
Alvio was a very gentle, loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Family and his many friends at Grand Court will dearly miss him.
He was an interesting and adventurous character. As an entrepreneur, Alvio provided Iron Mountain with the ?rst sandwich shop, the Sub Shop and the ?rst do-it-yourself car wash, the Downtown Car Wash. He also had provided the ?rst take-out food restaurant Festival Of Foods introducing Mexican cuisine to the area.
At 57, he authored The Navel Swing golf instruction manual, designed and patented the Stove Markers and the Owl Eyes pigeon repellers. Alvio was fun loving with a happy disposition. He enjoyed mystery investigations of the Paulding Light and the Calumet Theatre. As he desired to restore the Cornish Pump, a crew of volunteers joined in. Another crew with chain saws created his vision of a southern panoramic view from Pine Mountain. Alvio and Doug Nord created the ?rst ice tower, then by Selin's. He participated with the JayCees in beautifying Ole Faceful at Lake Antoine with a new fountain and pool.
Alvio would share riddles and puzzles, games and interesting stories with family, friends and strangers. Retiring at 50, Alvio and Jeanne traveled the entire United States except for Alaska. He enjoyed one international trip to Italy to visit relatives and explore. Alvio was an avid reader with broad interests. At 52, he taught himself to golf and became a member of Pine Grove Country Club.
Alvio was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jeanne; his Italian immigrant parents, Biagio and Assunta Giacchini-Antonini; his elder siblings, Dario Antonini, Elda Gaffney, Eole (Toni) Bent, Louis and Ramo (Ray) Antonini.
His two daughters, son-in-law and ?ve grandchildren survive him. Daughter Sandra Ciulini of Phoenix; his grandchildren, Gregory Shivy of San Diego, Calif.; Sarah Ciulini and Miranda Cordova of Phoenix; daughter, Lana and Jeff Smith of Iron Mountain; granddaughters, Nikole Smith (boyfriend Franco) of Mesa, and Charlene Smith (?anc Ryan) of Minneapolis.
From the area, Alvio leaves his sister-in-law, Lucille Mulling; nieces, Theresa Kayser and Doris (Tom) Dishaw; nephews, Joseph (Vicki) and Daniel Antonini; his brothers-in-law, Moe (Marcellien) and William (JoAnn) Chandler; many nieces and nephews; friends, Kay Peters of Mesa, Judy Jansen, Arthur Noel, Kathy Bigalow and Mimi Carey.
A private service will be held for Alvio and Jeanne Antonini and entombment will be at Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.