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William Emil Furio Graminga, Jr.

August 6, 1953 - March 16, 2024

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William Emil Furio II, age 70, of Oreana Illinois, peacefully passed away on March 16th, 2024. William, also known as Bill, was born on August 6th, 1953 to William Gramigna and Delores Stewart.

Bill is proceeded in death by his parents, his brother James Gramigna, nephew James Gramigna Jr, and uncle Howard Stewart (also known as Skip). Bill is survived by his children: William Gramigna III (Billy), and Katrina Gramigna. His brothers Joseph Gramigna (Missie Gramigna), Paul Gramigna, Daniel Gramigna (Gwen Gutowski), and Todd Gramigna. His grand children, Alexsis Gramigna (Brycen Rhodes), Nevaeh Carter, Austee Gramigna (Kyler Phipps), Antonio Carter (Mister), William (Lucky), Jaxson, Nico, and Giannah. His great grand children, Anelleigh and Braizleigh. Along with many nieces and nephews.

Bill was born in Philadelphia, but came to Decatur in 1973. He became a laborer, and eventually did it for all of his life until he retired from doing it. He would also do landscaping, painting, and small side jobs to stay busy. One thing Bill was most proud of was becoming sober. He was a recovering alcoholic and was sober for 37 years. He stayed true to his sobriety and stayed consistent with his journey with that and God. Bill loved his cars, especially his Jaguar. He loved to go on road trips, and listen to Adele on those roadtrips. He was probably the biggest clean freak you would know. He took pride in his house, cars, and work ethic.

Bill was a father, a grandpa, and a great grandpa. Those titles meant the most to him. He cherished those titles. He always showed up for his family. His family was his number one priority. He was always there, through every obstacle his kids and grand kids faced. He was the most selfless human there was, he would give the shirt off of his back to a stranger if he needed to. At first when you meet Bill, he seemed very stern, but just give him some time, and he would be the biggest teddy bear you would know.

Through out the years of Bill’s sobriety he sponsored numerous amounts of people. He changed their lives, little did he know. He was their rock during the hardest time of their life, and was always there for them. He was there for them and took them in as if they were family. He treated everyone as if they were his blood. He devoted his time to going to AA meetings and being a man people could count on, because a lot of people didn’t have that. He made such an impact on people. These people would become friends with Bill, and eventually have a life long friendship with him.

Bill changed so many peoples lives. His laugh would light up a room. His hugs could make you feel like everything was going to be okay. He was a compassionate, selfless, and loving. His memory will always live on.

“You will forever be missed…
You will forever be loved…
If I had one last wish…
It would be to have one more hug..”

The Celebration of Life is still to be announced. Bill’s family will let everyone know when there is a date set.
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Central Cremation Center in Forsyth, Illinois has been entrusted with arrangements.