Laurence M. Fonderoli

ARLINGTON - Laurence M. “Nuco” Fonderoli, 92, of Arlington, passed away April 2, 2019 at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 6 at St. Patrick’s Church in Arlington with Rev. Patrick Fixsen officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Arlington. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 5 at the church and from 10 a.m. until time of services on Saturday. The Hurst Funeral Home in Ladd is assisting the family with arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Tim, Steve, Rick, and Bob Fonderoli, Todd Dannis, and Dan Neidetcher. Honorary pallbearers will be Dick and Brian Koch, Brad Bonnell, Bill Stewart, and Dick Monroe.

Nuco was born Nov. 5, 1926 in Dalzell to Silvio and Catherine (Castelli) Fonderoli. He married Dorothy Pierard on April 19, 1947. On Sept. 10, 1983, he married Diane Kusick.

Survivors include two daughters, Lauren (Richard) Koch of Arlington and Lynne (Bill Stewart) Bonnell; seven grandchildren, Amy (Chris) Kerper of Arlington, Angela (Jonathan) Rush of Chicago, Allison (Dan) Stuepfert of LeRoy, Brian (Megan Ilsley) Koch of Pleasant Plains, Brad (Kasha) Bonnell of Arlington, Lisa (Travis) Moore of Arlington, and Renee (Steve) Carlson of LaMoille; three stepchildren, Joe (Tori) Lococo of League City, Texas, Donna Summers of Peru, and Jason Pottinger of Peru; 13 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his cat, Euchre.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his spouses; three brothers, Ricco, Benjamin and Leo; and one son-in-law, Tony Bonnell.

Nuco was a farmer from 1950 to 1975 on a farm near Arlington. He went into partnership with Merv Nauman to operate Nuco & Nauman’s in Arlington. The establishment later became Barney & Nuco’s with Barney Wamhoff. Finally, the business became Nuco’s Supper Club until he retired in 1995. On a good summer night, Barney & Nuco’s would serve 600 orders of chicken. Nuco implemented making the Fonderoli family’s recipe for homemade sausage as a fundraiser at St. Patrick’s Church, which has carried on for over 50 years. In that time, they made an estimated 500,000 pounds of sausage.

Nuco was a dedicated politician. He was often called Mr. Democrat of Bureau County. He was privileged enough to meet President Kennedy, President Carter, and President Obama along with numerous senators and governors. He was also the Westfield Township supervisor until 1979. He held the position of Democratic Precinct Committeeman for Westfield Township from 1958 until present. He was also elected to the Bureau County Board in 1962 and retired from that board after 40 years of service on Dec. 1, 2002.

Nuco was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan. He also enjoyed fishing, softball, euchre, and bocci ball. He was the last charter member of the Arlington Athletic Association founded in 1952. He also was a member of the Bureau County Democratic Committee and St. Patrick’s Church & Holy Name Society.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Calvary Cemetery or the Arlington Park Board.

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