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George R. Sandona, Sr. - 93

Tinley Park, Illinois

George R. Sandona, Sr. Age 93. Tinley Park resident formerly of Hegewisch and Chicago’s Roseland Neighborhood. Attended Curtis High School. United States Army Korean War Veteran. Retired Bricklayer Foreman from the City of Chicago Park District. Vice President of the Spaghetti-O’s. Member of the Dolton Elks Club, Korean War Veterans Association and The American Legion Lansing Post 697. Husband for 48 years of Bonny nee McRoberts. Father of Debbie Sandona Johns, Cindy Sandona Carroll and George R. (Gricelda) Sandona Jr., Stepfather of Robert (Freda) Foltman. Grandfather of Jessica (Josh) Schwider, Tara Johns, Alison (Jason) Papini, Ivy (Shania) Johns, Jordan Johns, Michael (Gina Vallone) Santoianni Jr., Kris Santoianni, Christina Marino, Vanessa (Pasquale) Gizzi and Gabriella (Justin) Sandona-Artrip. Great grandfather of Jenna, Madison, Olivia, Liliana, Juliana, Taylor, Kayliana, Savannah, Brielle, Billy, Dominic, Atlas, Solaris and the late MacKenzie. Son of the late Estelle nee Longtin and Sebastiano Sandona. Brother of the late Richard (late Louise) Sandona, Robert (late Emily) Sandona, Orland Sandona, Eugene Sandona, Evelyn (late Carmen) Scardine. “Uncle George” to many nieces, nephews and friends. Family and friend are invited to meet at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Elwood, IL on Tuesday August 9, 2022 by 1:45 pm for a 2:00 pm committal service. Info Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights 708-481-9230 and


  • Jimjohnson

    2 weeks, 3 days ago

    Dear old smoky, he was one of my dad's closest friends forever. His oldest daughter Debbie and I are only days apart, we would  stop by the Sandona's on Sundays like they used to do in the old days, just to stop by and have coffee and whatever they had in the kitchen, you never had to call ahead Smokies door was always open for friends and family. George was my first job out of school I labored for him and a cast of other characters. When George would bend over his crack would show and the boys would always throw a piece  of mortar down there! I still can picture his old Chevy pick up with all of his bricklaying tools on the dash and on the seats. He was such a gentle soul, he can now join my mom and dad who just passed last year I can only imagine the reunion. On behalf of Faye and I we would like to extend our deepest condolences to Bonnie and the family.

  • Bonny Sandona

    2 weeks ago

    Thank you Jimmy you will always be his Best and hardest woring Laborer he ever had.
  • Debbie Johns

    1 week, 5 days ago

    Thanks Jim , I love the memories and the stories. Our parents definitely had many good times together. Sunday visits, those were the days.❤️

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