Anthony John 'Teno' Vigna


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Ellisville - Anthony John "Teno" Vigna, 94, of rural Ellisville, died at 8:55 p.m. Monday (Feb. 4, 2008) at Graham Hospital Extended Care Unit, Canton.

He was born June 24, 1913, in Fiatt, to Theodoro and Maria (Forneris) Vigna.

He married Maxine Burgard on June 24, 1957, in the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa. She survives as does their son, John (Crystal) Vigna, and three grandchildren, Justin, Brittany and Christopher Vigna, all of rural Ellisville; two sisters, Rose Centers and Dorothy Powell, both of Canton; and several nephews, great-nephews and great-nieces also survive.

Preceding Teno in death were his parents and two sisters, Mary Flynn and Augusta Ehresman McCann.

As a youngster, Anthony joined Fiatt Independent Christian Church. He attended Fiatt Grade School. In 1924, the family moved to a farm west of Fiatt in the Midway area. He attended Roberts School, where he was later a director. In addition to farming, he worked at Midway Garage as a young man. During this time, he was a talented baseball pitcher for area teams.

Anthony was drafted into the Army during WW II. He attended David Rankin School in St. Louis and graduated. He was stationed in Puerto Rico.

Anthony was a farmer all his life and was one of the originators of the Spoon River Levee Project No. 1. For many years, he sold and serviced chainsaws. He was formerly a member of the Ellisville Odd Fellows. He was a member of AARP and the Fulton County Farm Bureau.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home, Canton, where visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Fiatt Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cuba Veterans Memorial.

Online condolences are available at www.oakshines

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