Victor (Vic) Michael Latino, age 90, passed away with his loving wife by his side on Saturday, October 15, 2022. Vic was born on October 1, 1932, in Streator, IL.
Vic was a longtime resident of Golf Vista Estates in Monee, where he was an avid golfer until 80 years old. Golf was one of his treasured hobbies, which is evident through the memorabilia that decorates his home. Even after he was unable to play, he continued to find joy watching his grandchildren play the 5th hole in his backyard. He also found joy in collecting, especially items of interest to his grandchildren, whom he adored.
Anyone who knew Vic knew he was a family man. He raised five children with his wife, Judy. While he supported his children as they grew into their individual selves, there was one thing that he unintentionally ensured bound them together – a game of cards. You couldn’t spend an evening ‘at grandpas’ without playing a couple hands. Over the years, Vic mentored his children and grandchildren, assuring his card-loving legacy, while still never letting anyone win. When not playing cards, he treasured sitting around the kitchen table with his family listening to their stories.
When home with his wife, he enjoyed napping in his chair through Hallmark movies and cheering on every game of the White Sox and Bears. If the weather was nice, Vic could be found outside in his garden, planting a new flower or starting his daughter’s favorite, the sunflower, from seeds.
After 42 years with the Northern Illinois Gas Company, Vic retired as a District Superintendent. During his tenure, and when not playing golf, he strongly supported the betterment of his community. Victor was active in many local Chambers and American Legion. He was also Treasurer in the local Rotary Club and Chairman of Nicor’s United Way Campaign.
Vic served for three years with the United States Navy on the USS SHEA during the Korean War. He was awarded The National Defense Service Medal for his heroic service.
He is survived by his wife, Judy, his four sons, Scot (Sandra), Victor, Steve (Kim), Jon (Rhonda), his daughter Teri (Brian) Burbach and beloved grandchildren Christopher, Andrew (Jody Price), Matthew (Karli Whited), Megan (Tim) Leiser, Anna, Trevor (Grace Chervinko) Smeets, Elizabeth (Tyler Hendrickson) and Zander. He is further survived by his brother Frank and Michael (Lisa) and many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Jennie (Piraino), a brother, Nick, and sister, Jennie.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at Monee Funeral Home (5450 W Wilson St., Monee IL 60449) from 10am-3pm with a service at 2:30pm. A private burial will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Legion post 1200 or the Wounded Warriors Project.