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Albino Francis Delmastro

August 25, 1921 July 4, 2024
Albino Francis Delmastro
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Fortified with the Sacraments of the Holy Catholic Church, Albino Francis Delmastro died peacefully on Thursday, July 4, 2024 at his home in Pekin. He was born on August 25, 1921 to John F. and Domenica (Massa) Delmastro. He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Edith (Simoncini) Delmastro, his son, John A. Delmastro, his daughter, Andrea F. Delmastro, and his sister Dolores McDonald of Pekin.

He is survived by his children: Mary Freeman, Dee Shaub, David (Peggy) Delmastro, Chris (Jerry) Waison, Gina Delmastro (Alex Smith), Marti (Ken) Kucginski, Joseph (Tamatha) Delmastro, Theresa Giles, Lauri Hines, Rose Putnam, Teddi (Dan) Slabaugh, and Liz (Robin) Gorrell; 41 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and 2 great, great-grandchildren.

Just shy of his 103rd birthday, Albino left his large family a legacy of hard work, sacrifice, deep love. He grew up in Pekin, graduating from Pekin High School, where he excelled at a rigorous academic curriculum and enjoyed singing in many musicals and operettas. He graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration. Proudly serving his country as a navigator for the United States Army Air Corps during WWII, he earned the officer’s rank of First Lieutenant. After his honorable discharge from the military, he married his beautiful wife, Edith, in November of 1945, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin. He and Edith valued Catholic education and were strong supporters of Saint Joseph's parish and school, as well as The Academy of Our Lady and Spalding Institute in Peoria. He served the community as a member of The Knights of Columbus for many years. Al thrived in various facets of his 38 year professional career at Caterpillar Tractor Company, beginning with an apprenticeship for die-cast making at the Caterpillar Foundry during college, joining the Accounting & Auditing Departments after graduating from Bradley, and retiring after many years in Computer Programming, and Data Processing Management. Throughout his life, Albino helped his parents and sister with the operation of the well known family business/restaurant in Pekin, Minnie’s Italian Food, which was patronized by people from various parts of the state and country, and featured in Life Magazine in 1952. His love for singing continued as the years went on, and he enjoyed getting the singing started at gatherings of family and friends, helping to start a barbershop quartet in Pekin as a young man, and performing in the Pekin Civic Chorus for a few years later in his life. Most important to him, though, was his family. He loved them deeply, worked hard and sacrificed much for their wellbeing. Well done, good and faithful servant!

Visitation will be held at Abts Mortuary on Wednesday, July 10, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm; with The Rosary beginning at 4:00pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 11 at 11:00am at Saint Joseph Catholic Church. Father Michael Andrejek will officiate.

The family has entrusted Abts Mortuary in Pekin with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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