Alessandro Savaglio

Alessandro Joseph Savaglio Sr.

Saturday, December 16th, 1933 - Thursday, January 21st, 2021
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Dr. Alessandro Joseph Savaglio, Sr., age 87, born December 16, 1933, Kenosha, Wisconsin, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, January 21, 2021.

Dr. Al proudly graduated from UW Madison with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1957 and Marquette University School of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 1961. While at Marquette, he was an altar server at Gesu Catholic Church. Al met his wife, Marie, at the Holy Rosary Summer Festival in 1956. On September 1, 1958, they were married at Holy Rosary Catholic Church and they recently celebrated their 62nd Wedding Anniversary.

Dr. Al proudly served his country in the United States Navy at the Naval Station Great Lakes from 1961-63. As a devout Catholic, Dr. Al served many years as the President of the Holy Name Society at both Holy Rosary and Our Lady of Mount Carmel. He faithfully served as a lector at the 7 a.m. Sunday Mass. He was past chairman for the Holy Rosary Sports Night. Dr. Al served as past president of the Kenosha County Dental Society and a member of the Wisconsin Dental Association. He was the first male Parent Teacher Association President at Forest Park Elementary School. Dr. Al was honored by the Kenosha Italian Business and Professional Organization with the Italian American Professionals Award. He attended Marquette University Men’s Basketball Games for more than 45 years being recognized by the Marquette University Alumni Association on court as a “MU Fan of the Game.” His hobbies included attending family events, reading, cooking and baking. His passion for praying the rosary, novenas, attending masses and devotion to the Divine Mercy demonstrated a great love for God and inspired many to live a faithful life.

Dr. Al is survived by his loving wife Marie (Ruffalo) Savaglio. A devoted dad to Joan (Dave) Cates, Dr. Al (Nora) Savaglio, Dr. Sue (Rob) Savaglio-Jarvis, Kathy (Greg) Fraid, Mike (Cathy) Savaglio, Anne (Mike) Troka, and Jennifer (Curt) Velvikis. A proud Papa to Christopher (Eliza) Evans, Andrew (Tracie) Evans, Katie Evans, Joseph (Mary) Evans, Andrea (Jason) Sauve, Sam Savaglio, Gienna Jarvis, Simone Fraid, Savannah (Tony) Buffolino, Rocky Fraid, Michael (Genny) Savaglio, Mikayla Savaglio, Alexandra Savaglio, Michael Troka, Matteo Troka, Marco Troka, and Maximo Troka. A blessed great-grandfather to Jude Evans, Lucy Evans, Alison Sauve and another great-grandchild (baby Buffolino) on the way. He is also survived by many caring and loving nieces/nephews, great nieces/nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alex Savaglio, Richetta (Conforti) Savaglio, three sisters Rosalie (Gabriel) Ruffolo, Yolanda (Arnold) Hennig, and Adriana Savaglio, and nephew Joseph (Linda) Ruffolo.

Dr. Al was an amazing father to his children and loved being a “Papa” to his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by his wife, family, friends and his patients. He was a caring dentist and servant leader in the Catholic Church and Kenosha Community. His patients were a very important part of his life and the outpouring of support touched him and his family deeply after his retirement due to cancer. Dr. Al’s smile was contagious and his greetings were warm and welcoming. He always had a sense of humor that brought cheer to everyone. He lived a prayerful and joyful life. Dr. Al will be remembered for his devotion to God, family, friends, and patients.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Shepler, Dr. Raikar and Dr. Ahmed for providing compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Dr. Alessandro Savaglio Sr. may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church or Marquette University Dental School.

Regrettably, due to the pandemic, funeral services honoring Dr. Alessandro Joseph Savaglio, Sr. life will be held privately. To live stream mass, please copy and paste into your browser on Friday, January 29th at noon. The Savaglio family invites everyone to share a favorite story in the online Memory Wall for the family to celebrate his life.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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Geri Strifling

Posted at 12:39pm
Dr. Al was my dentist for almost 60 years. I started with him when he first opened his practice on the north side and I stayed with him his whole career. He went from being a dentist, to a friend, to family. People were amazed when I would say I looked forward to going to the dentist. At visits he would say, Shhhh.. we can’t be laughing this much! It was always fun to see him and also Maire at the front desk. He was an amazing man, with a kind heart, full of life and always with a smile whether in or out of the office. You could talk about anything with Dr. Al, but he especially loved to talk about family and it was evident how much he loved you all, especially Marie. I was so fortunate to have known him, one of the true blessings in my life. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God definitely has one of the good ones with him now.

Joann Speca

Posted at 09:13am
As a shy second grader (and only child at the time), my first visit to the Savaglio home with my dear friend Anne was a bit of culture shock. However, her parents, especially Dr. Al’s smile & sense of humor, quickly put me at ease. Their kitchen was always full of love and laughter (& lots of people:), and I was lucky enough to help make some of that fantastic ravioli over the years.
May so many warm memories comfort you all - you have another guardian angel in your corner now - God bless you.
With love & sympathy,
Joann (Gemmell) Speca

Anne Troka

Posted at 06:56am
Thank you to all who shared your relationship and stories about my dad. It means so much to hear how he touched so many people's lives. He loved deeply and was loved deeply. Sincerely, thank you, love you all.

Mike Serpe

Posted at 01:56am
“Doc” Savaglio was a joyful fixture in the lives of any kid from Holy Rosary Parish born after 1949. His always smiling visage and undeniably sincere for G_d and all of us was manifest each and every day in what ever the encounter.
I am so glad that I had so many chances to be touched by this truly kind and gentle man. My love and sympathy to his loving family.


Posted at 03:08pm
My deepest condolences to Dr. Al's family. I have been a patient of Dr. Savaglio's for almost 40 years. I seen him twice a year and we always talked about my family and his. You get to know a lot about each other as you get your teeth cleaned! He has always been one of my favorite friends in my life, even when he was yelling at me for not flossing my teeth! He will be deeply missed. Hang in there Marie, you had a special and real love and my prayers go out to you. Take Care, Dawn Pohlson

Donna talbert Posted at 03:10pm

My deepest sympathies go out to all of the Savaglio family. I was so saddened to hear of this news. Dr. Savaglio was my dentist for many years. I started to see him when he had the small office on 22nd St. I was 12 yrs old. I continued to see him well into my 40s! I even brought my husband to him as a patient when i first started dating him. Sadly, our insurance changed and we had to discontinue seeing him and we were sorry for that. He was the nicest, kindest, most selfless person. He made appointments around our schedules saying he continued to do dentistry though he could’ve retired, because it got him out of the house. It was more than a dental visit, it was a catching up time. We laughed and laughed about everything. He knew us so long, because my parents were patients as well, that he asked about updates from prior info we shared during past visits. He remembered everything about you, so it was more than an appointment . He made you feel like family. We enjoyed Marie at the front desk as well, as she was always so friendly and asked about family and hiw we were doing. While our daughter attended Bradford, we ran into him at the football games. He was a great man of faith, and so positive, had the beat laugh and smile. He loved his family so much and shared that with us during visits as well. He will be greatly missed. May the family find peace and comfort knowing he has gained his place in his eternal home. Mike and Donna Talbert

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