Whitney Zavaglia Obituary, Death – Whitney Zavaglia has passed away. born on May 26, 1941, to the late Whitney and Theresa Zavaglia in Collinsville, Illinois. Whitney began a long career in the grocery business at the age of 10 by working at Collinsville’s S&S Market.
After graduating from Collinsville High School in 1959, he attended SIU Carbondale and afterward worked at many supermarkets, including Viviano’s and National Supermarket. Whitney was the proprietor and manager of the Beltline Center, a banquet hall, Whitney’s Bi-Rite in Caseyville, Whitney’s IGA in Collinsville, and other businesses. He eventually departed St. Louis, Missouri’s ICS Construction Services.
He went to Christ Church’s Collinsville-Maryville campus for services. Whitney had a heart that was as big as his attitude, which was unstoppable. To make someone feel unique and to brighten their day, he would go above and above. With him, strangers became close friends, and acquaintances were transformed into family. Everyone loved his stories and quips, which were legendary and priceless.
He had a contagious giggle. The eternal pessimist always replied, “Everything’s lovely,” when asked about his day. In essence, Whitney had two big loves: God and people, particularly his family. Whitney and Theresa (née Zampogna) Zavaglia, Vincie Erutti, Jack and Johnnie Zavaglia, as well as his in-law sisters and in-law brothers.
His uncles and aunts are Richard Engelman, Janice Zavaglia, Wayne Bostian, Edwin Sims, Mabel Lee (Rod) Woods, and Mildred (Rufus) Woodring. Roger (F) His children Natalie (Matt) Prsha of Chesterfield, Missouri, Todd (Dawn) and Mark (Whitney) Zavaglia, both of Maryville, Illinois, his ex-wife and lifelong friend Judy (nee Sims) Zavaglia of Collinsville, Illinois, and five grandchildren: Taylor (Colin) Fuhrmann, Ryan Prsha, Dominic Zavaglia, Chad Prsha, and Scott Prsha; three great-grandchildren also survive him