Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years


James L. "Sonny" Sandretto, 91, of Gillespie, Ill, died at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. He was born Nov. 2, 1931, in Gillespie to James and Mamie (Pianfetti) Sandretto. He married Rosalie Genetti, and she survives.

He was retired after having been a senior systems analyst for McDonnell Douglas. James was a veteran of the U.S. Army after having served during Korea. He was a member of the 3rd Degree K of C of Gillespie, VFW Post 4547 of Gillespie, CFU. He enjoyed fishing and playing cards.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Sandretto of Gillespie; children, Joan Libbra of Benld, Brett Sandretto of Gillespie, Becky (Jon) Frieda of Sunset Hills, Mo .; grandchildren, Rhett Hasara, Gina Libbra, Dustin Libbra, Miranda Sandretto, Nico Frieda, Aurelio Frieda, Luciano Frieda; brothers-in-law, Bill (Jean) Genetti of Chatham, Francis (Rita) Genetti of Gillespie; sister-in-law, Debbie Cox of Staunton; and several nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lorraine Davies, Virginia Lanter; and son-in-law, Ron Libbra.

Friends may call on Saturday, Nov. 19, at SS Simon & Jude Church in Gillespie from 9:30 until 11 a.m. Funeral Mass will follow at the church at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Gillespie.

Memorials are suggested to Coal Museum, Catholic Childrens Home, Alton, or Knights of Columbus, Gillespie. Condolences may be left online at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie is in charge of arrangements.

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