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Donald James Shanto

September 30, 1948 – June 18, 2021


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Donald James Shanto, age 72, passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving wife Christine on June 18, 2021. Don was born on September 30, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois. He married his high school sweet heart, “Chrissy”, on November 12, 1994. True love will always find its way back.

Don lived his life every day to love and protect his wife and family. Likewise, he did the same for his country and community having served in the United States Army Reserves for 17 years and the Tinley Park, Illinois Police Department for over 30 years, respectively.

Don was not only known as a hero by his own family, but was also recognized as such via several letters of commendation. As noted, “Your efforts in support of the White House were a fine example of the highest standards of community and police contributions.” and “Your decisive, unselfish and immediate reaction in view of personal peril reflects great credit upon yourself, your training and your community.”

Don chose to live his life on good terms with all he met. He spoke his truth quietly and clearly. He had peace in his soul and most importantly, he had peace with God. He will be missed beyond measure.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Bertha Shanto; and his brother, Joseph Shanto.

He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Christine Shanto; his sister Diane Shanto of Lisle, Illinois; his children Todd Boza (wife Kristin Boza) of Chicago, Illinois and Allyson Videtic (husband Brian Videtic) of Gilbert, Arizona; proud Papa to Vaughn Videtic of Gilbert, Arizona, Henry Boza and Grace Boza of Chicago, Illinois.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 12:30 pm at San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home, 21809 South Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ, 85142.

Loved ones who are not able to attend will be able to gather virtually on June 26, 2021 at 12:30 pm local time.

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There will be a private family graveside service at San Tan Memorial Gardens to lay Don to rest. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (Pulmonaryfibrosis.org) in Donald Shanto’s name.

 

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7 responses to “Donald James Shanto”

  1. Terry & Carole Vrshek says:

    Don struck me as a rather quiet guy but I guess once he got to know you he warmed up quickly! We were so glad for Chris when they married, after she lost her first husband. How he cared for her 2 children so easily was such a blessing and showed what a loving and caring individual he really was. It was a priviledge to have known him and to see how his “kids” found him to be such a loving man. God Bless you all and may HE comfort you during this difficult time.

  2. The Boza-Bechstein Family says:

    Our deepest condolences to your entire family. May he rest in peace and your happy memories with him help to ease your pain.

  3. Randy Rockaitis says:

    I worked with Don at the Police Department for several years . I always enjoyed our gun conversations and Don’s quickly sense of humor. He will be missed by many.
    Log the fog my friend.

  4. Cipalo’s says:

    Love Hugs and Prayers

  5. Pat Sedorook says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Pat ( retired TPPD ) and Bill Sedorook 🙏

  6. Cate Casper says:

    II worked with Sgt Shanto at the police department where I was a dispatcher. He was always very kind to me and I enjoyed working with him.

  7. Al Vrshek Family says:

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers

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Donald James Shanto

September 30, 1948 – June 18, 2021


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Donald James Shanto, age 72, passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving wife Christine on June 18, 2021. Don was born on September 30, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois. He married his high school sweet heart, “Chrissy”, on November 12, 1994. True love will always find its way back.

Don lived his life every day to love and protect his wife and family. Likewise, he did the same for his country and community having served in the United States Army Reserves for 17 years and the Tinley Park, Illinois Police Department for over 30 years, respectively.

Don was not only known as a hero by his own family, but was also recognized as such via several letters of commendation. As noted, “Your efforts in support of the White House were a fine example of the highest standards of community and police contributions.” and “Your decisive, unselfish and immediate reaction in view of personal peril reflects great credit upon yourself, your training and your community.”

Don chose to live his life on good terms with all he met. He spoke his truth quietly and clearly. He had peace in his soul and most importantly, he had peace with God. He will be missed beyond measure.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Bertha Shanto; and his brother, Joseph Shanto.

He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Christine Shanto; his sister Diane Shanto of Lisle, Illinois; his children Todd Boza (wife Kristin Boza) of Chicago, Illinois and Allyson Videtic (husband Brian Videtic) of Gilbert, Arizona; proud Papa to Vaughn Videtic of Gilbert, Arizona, Henry Boza and Grace Boza of Chicago, Illinois.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 12:30 pm at San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home, 21809 South Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ, 85142.

Loved ones who are not able to attend will be able to gather virtually on June 26, 2021 at 12:30 pm local time.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89049985082?pwd=Q2M0YXh0cXVrVW4xbSs5SStTcEY2Zz09

Meeting ID: 890 4998 5082; Passcode: 738210

There will be a private family graveside service at San Tan Memorial Gardens to lay Don to rest. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (Pulmonaryfibrosis.org) in Donald Shanto’s name.

 

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7 responses to “Donald James Shanto”

  1. Terry & Carole Vrshek says:

    Don struck me as a rather quiet guy but I guess once he got to know you he warmed up quickly! We were so glad for Chris when they married, after she lost her first husband. How he cared for her 2 children so easily was such a blessing and showed what a loving and caring individual he really was. It was a priviledge to have known him and to see how his “kids” found him to be such a loving man. God Bless you all and may HE comfort you during this difficult time.

  2. The Boza-Bechstein Family says:

    Our deepest condolences to your entire family. May he rest in peace and your happy memories with him help to ease your pain.

  3. Randy Rockaitis says:

    I worked with Don at the Police Department for several years . I always enjoyed our gun conversations and Don’s quickly sense of humor. He will be missed by many.
    Log the fog my friend.

  4. Cipalo’s says:

    Love Hugs and Prayers

  5. Pat Sedorook says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Pat ( retired TPPD ) and Bill Sedorook 🙏

  6. Cate Casper says:

    II worked with Sgt Shanto at the police department where I was a dispatcher. He was always very kind to me and I enjoyed working with him.

  7. Al Vrshek Family says:

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers

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