Anthony John Giammona, of Chetek, Wis., passed away of a heart failure on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the age of 55.
Tony was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Nov. 3, 1963, and grew up in Eau Claire, Wis., where he graduated from Regis High School. He attended Chippewa Valley Technical College, pursuing a marketing degree. Soon after, he traveled out west to explore and find his next adventure. Tony spent the next eight years working out west, mainly in San Francisco, Calif. He moved back to Wisconsin, where he developed his passion for carpentry and construction, inspiring him to start his own business. Tony also worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for seven years. He took pride in the fact that he built his own home on a beautiful lake in Chetek. There his natural artistry came to life. His love of the outdoors was his lifelong hobby, expressed through hunting, fishing and resource conservation. Tony’s preservation of what was old and discarded is a testament to his appreciation for all of our collective history.
Fishing was his bliss; this excitement he shared with his nieces, nephews and friends. When not on the water, Tony could be found in his garage working on one of his vintage motorcycles or at the family cabin playing Michigan Rummy.
Tony was truly dedicated to his family, especially devoted to his mother and father. His generous soul was demonstrated in his many unselfish acts of kindness towards others. A beloved free spirit, Tony was a rebel mentor, a caring and loving person whose presence will be missed every day. To the man who could never say the words … we say, “Goodbye.”
Tony is survived by his parents, Mary and Joseph Giammona; his sisters, Angela (Peter) Bartzis, Sarah (Todd) McCutcheon and Stephanie (Jerry) Voight; and his nieces and nephews, Jordan, Evan, Logan, Madeline, Lucas, Kennedy, Peter and Sammy.
Tony was preceded in death by his brother, Peter Giammona; his nephew, Joey Bartzis; and his grandparents, Peter and Lois Giammona, and Marion and Alice Catlin.
Please join us in celebrating Tony’s life on Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m. at Pine Meadow Golf Club in Eau Claire.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Chetek Lakes Protection Association, at www.cheteklakespa.org in memoriam of Tony Giammona.