Carmen DeLaurentis dies at age 92
November 5, 2016

Carmen DeLaurentis.

Carmen DeLaurentis.


Carmen “Carmie Shoes” DeLaurentis, a community leader, lifelong resident of Little Italy, and lifelong parishioner at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, died Sept. 19 at age 92.

Mr. DeLaurentis received the Donald C. Piemonte Man of the Year Award for Community Service from the Gazette in 1997. A former member of the Chicago truck drivers’ union and teamster’s union Local 705, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and ardent White Sox fan.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Anne (nee DiLorenzo); children Theresa (Andrew) Tufano and Angel (Leonard, Sr.) Lanzito; six grandchildren, Frank Meccia, Anthony (Sara) Meccia, Leonard Lanzito Jr. (fiancée Margherita), Dino Lanzito, Anthony (fiancée Mary) Lanzito, and Deanna Lanzito; four great-grandchildren, Carmen, Toni, Bianca, and Raffaele; sister Dolores (John) Aretos; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was said on Sept. 24 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii. Entombment is in Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

— Susan S. Stevens