Evo A. Toti - 96

1/15/1922 - 11/2/2018

Rockford, Illinois

Evo Toti, one of the last surviving members the “Greatest Generation”, those who grew up during the Great Depression, and fought in WWII, died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on All Souls Day, November 2, 2018.

Born in Rockford, IL on January 15, 1922 of parents who immigrated from Italy, Evo was eleven when his father died.  He left school early to help provide for his family.  He married the love of his life, Pauline Mule’, in 1941.  His son, Ronald was born in 1942 and he was he was inducted into the Army on July 20, 1943.   

Evo saw some of the fiercest combat of WWII.  He was awarded several medals, including the Purple Heart and a POW medal.  Like most heroes, he rarely talked about his war experiences, but he never tired of talking about his family, especially his granddaughters, Lisa Severson-Hedin, Michele Toti Leach and Julie Toti and his seven great grandchildren, Joey Severson, Felicia Severson, Dylan Leach, Andrew Severson, Sarah Severson-Hedin, Noah Hedin and Shane Leach.

Evo was an only child, but he was fully integrated into his beloved Pauline’s extended family.  Her brothers and sisters, Joey, Alice, Margaret, Tony and Mary were like brothers and sisters to him.  He loved his son and his daughter-in-law, Joann, who had a unique ability to bring out his inner-child.

Evo worked for many years for Rockford Public Schools as a custodial engineer at Jefferson Junior/Senior High School.  The school’s cleanliness was legendary.  Teachers, administrators and students all knew that it was Evo’s school.  Ask anyone who was there.  He later served as a maintenance supervisor for the district.

Evo’s life was long and full.  He was known as a hard worker who could fix or build anything, and he was a perfectionist.  People who worked for him knew he demanded excellence.  Those who knew his soul knew that he also had a heart of gold and that he never tired of doing for others.

Evo is survived by his son, Ron, his daughter-in-law, Joann, his grandchildren and great grandchildren, his in-laws, Margaret and Carl Rizzo, Mary Buckingham, Ruth Mule’, countless nieces, nephews and cousins and his granddaughter’s husbands, Jeff Hedin and Alan Leach.

The family thanks the thoughtful nurses and aides at Cor Mariae Center and the loving folks of Northern Illinois Hospice for their excellent care and counseling.

Visitation at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 and Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fr. David Beauvais, celebrating.  Burial at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. James Conference St. Vincent de Paul Society.


10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 1010 Ferguson Street, Rockford, Illinois


11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 1010 Ferguson Street, Rockford, Illinois

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