Donald J. Marsaglia

SUN PRAIRIE, WI—Donald J. Marsaglia, 93, passed away Aug. 29, 2017 in Sun Prairie, WI.  
Don was born April 26, 1924 in Coal City, IL to Martin and Libby (nee Valerio) Marsaglia. He was a lifelong resident of the Coal City and Joliet, IL area until moving into assisted living in Sun Prairie, WI in 2013.  Don proudly served during WW II as a bombardier for the Army Air Force in the South Pacific and was awarded several medals and battle stars.  He later attended reunions of the 43rd Bomb Group for many years.
 Don was employed by Metropolitan Life Insurance as a sales manager from 1955 until his retirement in 1987.  He was a past president of Life Underwriters Association and of CLU, South Suburban Chapter.  Don served as mayor of Diamond, IL from 1968 - 1972.  He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, was a member of Joliet Black Hawk Barbershop Chorus and of the Cathedral of St. Raymond Choir.  
 Don is survived by his wife of 20 years, Betty J. Reed-Marsaglia, of Sun Prairie, WI; his former wife, Shirley Marsaglia, of Coal City,  IL; son, Mark (Christie) Marsaglia, of Lisle, IL; daughter, Lisa (Joe) Klepk of Lake Charles, LA; son, Michael (Mary) Marsaglia, of Downers Grove, IL; his grandchildren: Kathleen (Matthew) Otzel, of Naperville, IL; Matthew (Kristen) Marsaglia, of Brooklyn, NY; Kathryn (Coy) Shaw, of Mazon, IL; Jacob Klepk, of Morris, IL and Emily and Nicholas Marsaglia, both of Downers Grove, IL and his great-grandchildren, Matilda Otzel, Joshua Bradford, Brady Shaw and Bella Shaw.
He is further survived by step-children, Shay Harris, of Hartford, WI; Mary Reed (Tom Haberski), of Waunakee, WI and TM Reed, of Madison, WI; step-grandchildren: Alicia (Todd) Duffy, of Carmel, IN; Olivia Harris, of Hartford, WI; Marriah Harris, of Richton Park, IL; Ryan (Micki) Reed, of Shoreline, WA; Andrew Reed, of Madison, WI and Madeline Reed of Baraboo, WI and step-great-grandchildren, Isabella and Isaiah Duffy and Elliana Mosby.  
He was preceded in death by his parents and his step-daughter, Teresa Reed.
Don's songs and stories and smiles will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at 9:15 a.m. from the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Rds., Joliet, IL to the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, 604 N. Raynor Ave., Joliet, IL, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m.  Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington, IL.      
Visitation will be held Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Don's name to Honor Flight Chicago, or to Black Hawk Barbershop Chorus, Joliet, IL.  
Family and friends can visit his memorial tribute page at
Fred C. Dames Funeral Home in Joliet is in charge of arrangements.