Wayne Metallo, age 68, of Timber Point Healthcare Center, formerly of Glendale Heights, Illinois, was called home to join our Lord, his parents and sister on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Wayne was born on September 3, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, a son of Virginia (Zopf) Metallo and Arthur Metallo. Although he was disabled and could not speak his smile did the talking for him. He loved everyone he met and was always happy. He attended Austin Special School where he learned simple tasks and how to independently care for himself. His true pleasures were watching Howdy Dowdy and cartoons especially on TV, playing with balloons and his stuffed animals especially Mickie Mouse, clowns, monkeys and eating spaghetti.
Wayne was of the Catholic faith and made his First Communion at St. Angeles Church. As long as Wayne's parents were alive, he never missed Sunday Mass. Wayne and his family let faith lead their lives to the extent they made a special pilgrimage to Fatima for special blessings on Wayne's behalf. This was very important to his parents since they had lost their daughter Mary Jane in an auto accident at age 18.
He came to Timber Point with his mother in 2008, to be closer to his mother's family after his father died. He was immediately taken under the wing of every staff member. They included him in every activity including BINGO. He became the official cheerleader while eating cheese curls and drinking pop. They also kept him supplied with silly hats and balloons.
Wayne is survived by his Uncle Harold and Aunt Dorothy Zopf, many cousins and friends in Quincy and Chicago.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mary Jane, grandparents, many aunts, uncles, cousins
The family wishes to express their gratitude for the love and care Wayne received from each staff member and volunteer at the home and to Dr. Donna White who guarded his health and kept him comfortable.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Interment in Our Lady Queen of Heaven Mausoleum in Hillside, IL. A visitation will be held on Monday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services. Memorials may be made to Timber Point Healthcare Center.
- Wayne will sure be missed! Thinking of you's!
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
- Sending our prayers and love. Heaven has gained another Angel.
Love your cousin,
Hoffman Estates, IL
- You are with your family now. I know they eagerly met you with open arms. Sending our prayers and love to a sweet & gentle soul.
Love your cousins, Fran, Sal & Jeffrey ( niece of Uncle Art)