Richard Nottoli, 79

Richard Peter Nottoli, 79, of White Pigeon, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at his home after an extended illness.

He was born May 10, 1931, in Chicago, a son of Peter and Ruth (Nelson) Nottoli. He also lived in Bangor and Detroit, and the White Pigeon area since July 1945.

He was a 1950 graduate of White Pigeon High School.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Airforce 1951-54 during the Korean War, stationed in Japan.

On Oct. 11, 1990, he married Bonnie M. Stoddard in Centreville.

He was employed at Weyerhauser Paper Company in White Pigeon for 18 years, as a die-maker for Domestic Linen-Routeman in White Pigeon for 6 1/2 years, and as a welder for nine years at Leland Engineering in White Pigeon.

He was a member of Loyal Order of The Moose,

Swartz-VanFleet post #138 American Legion of White Pigeon, and was a bowling and golf league member. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports. He was an avid fan of Notre Dame, the Chicago Cubs and White Pigeon Chiefs. He enjoyed his family, fishing on Drummond Island, gardening and his dog, Gabe.

Surviving are his wife, Bonnie M. Nottoli of White Pigeon; daughters Pamela Nottoli and Anne (Jeff) Baechler of White Pigeon, Julie (Kerey) DeFreese of Bristol, Ind., and Diane (Michael) Hawkins of Three Rivers; sons Steven (Tina) Nottoli of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Tony (Shelly) Nottoli of Denver; 19 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; stepchildren Michael McFall of White Pigeon, John McFall of Tucson, Ariz., and Lori Swinehart of Hawaii; six step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; sisters

June Moord of Fort Wayne, Ind., Judy Roberts of Boulder, Colo., and Patricia Stover of Edwardsburg; brother John (Haydee) Nottoli of Lancaster, Calif.; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Vicki; and a brother, Bob.

Visitation is 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with Sister Maxine McGee officiating. Burial will follow in White Pigeon Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to White Pigeon Community Schools athletic department or Three Rivers Hospice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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