IN MEMORIAM: LIUNA 39-year member Francis Anthony Finocchiaro, Jr.


Francis Anthony Finocchiaro, Jr., a 39-year member of Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), passed away Feb, 6, 2023 at his Crystal City home at age 68.

Brother Finocchiaro was a retired (LUINA) construction laborer. He was a member of Laborers Local 42 from 1984 through 1994 and a member of Laborers Local 110 from 1994 through 2023. He was baptized Catholic and Christian both. His religion was based on his beliefs of being a good Christian toward others in deeds and faith. He believed in God, the Father and Christ Jesus.

He started many sobriety groups due to his affiliation with AA throughout the years of his own sobriety. His devotion was to his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a great storyteller and always had you laughing. Rest in peace our beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend and you will be forever missed until we unite again.

Brother Finocchiaro is survived by his mother LaVerne Grace (nee Hackett) Finocchiaro; wife Tina Marie (nee Mueller) Finocchiaro; his children Anthony F. Finocchiaro, Angelina G. Durham-Gambino, Sarah N. (Nicholas) Stallings and Chrisstella D. (Lloyd) Burton; his siblings Giovannina (William) Temple, James Michael (Joannie) Finocchiaro, Joseph James “J.J.” Finocchiaro, and Nicholas Finocchiaro; his grandchildren Andrew, Brittany and Amanda Melton, Brianna and Collin Durham, Nicholas, Sydney and Sophia Stallings, Francois and Moises Burton, and Braydon Finocchiaro; sister-in-laws Sharon (Kent) Davis  and Debbie (the late Gary) Kitson; brother-in-law David Mueller; in laws Ruth J. (nee Bonenberger) Mueller and the late Robert E. Mueller; and several special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Francis Anthony Finocchiaro, Sr.; his children Jason C. Melton and Francis A. Finocchiaro III, and his sister LaVerne G. Finocchiaro,

A funeral service was held Feb. 16 at Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus. Memorials in Brother Finocchiaro’s memory may be made to Tunnel 2 Towers Foundation at


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