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Peter A. Paesani D.D.S., 88, of Rockford, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. He was born October 9, 1928, in Nokomis, Illinois the son of Joseph and Angelina (Loser) Paesani. Peter was a graduate of Nokomis High School. He served in the 7th Division Army of Occupation in Far East, Korea. He was a graduate of Western Illinois University in 1952 and University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 1956 and Post Graduate Endodontics at Northwestern University in 1977. He married Audrey J. French in 1960. Peter practiced general dentistry from 1956 to 1969. Peter was an associate professor at Northwestern University College of Dentistry from 1969-1990. He was the first recipient of the President's award from the American Association of Endodontists and received the Illinois State Dental Society's Distinguished Member Award. Peter co- founded Camelot Endodontics with Dr. John Sowle. Peter later married Neva A. Kelley in 1997. He was a former President at Edgar Coolidge Endodontic Study Club, and was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Member.
He is survived by his wife, Neva Kelley-Paesani; children, Paula C. (Jeff) Paesani-Blum, Peter J. Paesani, and Patricia A. Paesani; granddaughter, Julia A. Blum; brother, Gino Paesani; step-daughters, Sheryl K. Lindmark, and Sheila B. (Chuck) Eckermann; step-grandchildren, Michael, Kelley, and Allison Britton; sister-in-law, Dorothy Paesani; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents; brother, Dr. Curzio Paesani; sister-in-law, Adelia Paesani; and step-son-in-law, Greg Lindmark.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017, in Holy Family Catholic Church, 4407 Highcrest Rd. Rockford with Father David Beauvais officiating. Private family burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorials to Northern Illinois Food Bank, 765 Research Parkway, Rockford, IL 61109.

Condolences & Shared Memories (29)

  1. Henry Feinberg

    Peter was a gentleman extraordinaire. He made a difference in so many lives.

  2. Pat wandel

    So very sorry for your loss pete n family. Big hugs. Lov ya♡♡♡

  3. Kurt and Sue Jensen

    We loved Pete he was the sweetest man!!! Always so gentle and kind to everyone. He will be missed and so will his hugs.

  4. Pat Vandiver

    A number of years ago The Stitchers were invited to Longboat Key to enjoy Neva and Peter's lovely duplex. Peter prepared gourmet meals for us, and we felt like we were queens. He even left at night to spend the night elsewhere so we could all have beds. Peter was truly a genuinely nice, caring man.

  5. Trish Nash

    My condolences to Paula, Pete and Trish. Your dad was a great man who I know you are all very proud of. Cherish the wonderful memories you have of him.

  6. Adriene Grzenia

    My dearest Paula, I'm so very sorry to read of the passing of your beloved dad. The way you always spoke of him so often and with such delight, your intense love for him was so clear. May Our Heavenly Father embrace your dad with open arms and may he rest in peace and may the perpetual light shine upon him. Sending your love and prayers for your comfort.

  7. Harry and Pamela Highland

    Dear Pete: We were so sorry to read about your dad passing away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I read your tribute to your father on Facebook this morning. You have a gift of of writing your thoughts to share with everyone. It touched my ❤️. I didn't know your dad, but I'm am sure he is and was very proud of you. Thinking of you, Pamela and Harry Highland

  8. Brad Johnson

    Peter was a kind and generous man, always willing to share his wisdom and experience with his colleagues. His commitment to service to his profession, both at the local and national level, was incredible and he was a role model for several generations of endodontists. For many years, he served as an "elder statesman" for endodontists in Illinois and was our first choice to administer the oath of office each year to incoming officers of the Illinois Association of Endodontists and Edgar D Coolidge Endodontic Study Club. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My sincere condolences to his family. Brad Johnson UIC Department of Endodontics

  9. Bryan Saladino

    So sorry for your loss. Pete was a great man and I enjoyed working with him on several projects. May God look over your family in this time of sorrow and loss. May perpetual light shine upon you.

  10. Dr. Lee Stopoulos

    I feel like I`ve lost a big brother and I will miss him greatly. My sympathies to the family. May his memory be eternal.

  11. Candy Flores-Brown

    Sorry friend for your lost

  12. Senator Dave Syverson

    Pete, A wonderful man and Doctor. Always a kind word and smile. He will be missed but leaves a wonderful legacy lives on.

  13. Traci Parker

    Trish, Pete, and Paula and family, Keeping you in my thoughts. I know how much you treasured your dad. Sending much love... Traci Parker

  14. Martelin family

    Our hearts our breaking for your loss. Paula would always have the biggest smile on her face when she would be talking about her dad. We are thinking of you and send our condolences,

  15. Paolo, Lina And Ginetto Fistarol

    We warmly stay beside the entire Paesani Family. Our Condolences from Italy

  16. Jerry Pisano

    Peter was a "gentle man" for the ages. I miss him. Noreen and I hold Peter and Neva in our prayers.

  17. Sylvia Goral Sanders

    To the Paesani family, I am sorry for your loss. I first met Dr. Peter Paesani when I was almost sixteen years old. I was his first dental assistant in 1957 when he had his dental practice with Dr. hogan. He was a good teacher as I learned from him how to become a conscientious dental assistant with empathy for his patients. Maybe this was a foreshadowing of his gift to teach. He was a kind, shy and humble man. He use to go to the Poor Clares monastery to take care of the nuns dental needs. I don't think many people knew this about him. He came to pay his respects when my mother died in 1998. He was a special person and I will always remember him.

  18. Patsy Davis

    Pete, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  19. Barry, Kelli, Johnna Graham

    The world has lost a beautiful man! We love you Blum and Paesani family. You are all so amazing, extraordinary, and loving people due to the wonderful example of your father! We are praying God keeps you in his arms during this time! We love you all very much!

  20. Randy and Carol Huber

    Peter will be missed. He was a great guy and we always enjoyed his company. He was so smart and interesting. He had such a great attitude no matter the situation.

  21. Leonard Distefano

    I am so sorry to hear my dear friend expired, Peter I will miss you so much in my heart and will never forget our good times and special friendship. My sincere condolences.

  22. Scott S. Oren, DDS

    Dr. Paesani was both a friend and confidant..... almost like my father. When he shook my hand it was always accompanied by a smile and a question....How is your family? Humble and generous best describes how he carried himself. We should all learn from his example. I will miss him immensely!

  23. Dianne Huber Catlin

    Neva and family. I did not know Peter well but every time we met he always had a smile on his face and a kind word. I'm so sorry for you and your families' loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  24. Lydia Cua

    Our sincere condolence on the passing of Dr. Pete Paesani. It was good we saw him in Chicago at Luz's birthday party. I met him for the first time during their dental convention in Vegas at the Riviera more than 20 yrs ago. He is such a lovable and fun person to be with, his students loved him a lot. He will be missed by many. He will be in our prayers.

  25. Carol LaLoggia

    We lost one of the great ones!! I loved Dr Pete, and am so sorry I can't be there to say goodbye. I'm so glad I was able to give him one last hug before I left town! Camelot was never quite the same without him!! Hugs and kisses to your family. Carol

  26. Elise McLaughlin

    Paula, Peter, Patti and Audrey, I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many great memories of fun times with your family and "Uncle" Pete. He was a lovely person and a great friend to my parents. I can't drive down your old street without looking at your house and remembering so many shared laughs. Thinking of you and sending my condolences.

  27. Gloria Greene

    Paula I'm so sorry for lost. Your father's obituary says a great deal about the type of person he was and I can see where got your caring personality. Please know you are in my prayers and thoughts.

  28. Luz Cua

    I lost my dearest friend and no words can describe fully my sadness. You were so many roles in 1, Pete. My colleague-mentor, friend, life and fitness coach and father -figure. I won't say goodbye. Till we meet and hug again. To Neva, his love which kept him going, my deepest condolence. He was always so proud of you and ever grateful for all the happiness you have brought him. To his children and grandchildren, may you pass on the legacy of generosity and kindness which Pete was to all who were lucky to have known him. Forever loved and in our hearts.

  29. Lisa Paesani

    We love you Uncle Pete

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