Vance Mecozzi

Vance Allen Mecozzi

Sunday, October 23rd, 1960 - Thursday, April 1st, 2021
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Vance A. Mecozzi, 60, of Kenosha, passed away on Thursday, April 1st 2021, at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center In Milwaukee after a long battle with liver failure.

He was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on October 23, 1960. He was the son of Norman and Barbara (Neu) Mecozzi.

Vance had a 41 year career at AMC Chrysler. His last post was as Safety Coordinator. He was an active member of UAW Local 72 in Kenosha and UAW Local 75 in Milwaukee. He graduated from Carthage College in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

One of the great joys in Vance's life was birdwatching; he had a love for nature and a passion for photography that he inherited from his father. Vance was a life-long fan of the Packers and the Milwaukee Bucks. He loved to attend games and support his teams. Vance took pride in his skills with a pool cue and was involved in local leagues with his friends. He was also an avid scrabble player, but he rarely met his match. Though he never had children of his own, his kindness and thoughtfulness shown through in the way he treated his nieces and nephews, and the daughters of his dear friend, Michelle Pistora. Vance took pride in his hometown of Kenosha and liked to showcase it to visitors. He had many friends and never failed to shout out to someone he knew no matter where he was. Vance was a good man and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Surviving Vance are his parents Norman and Barbara Mecozzi: sisters, Victoria Mecozzi and Vianna "Ann" Mecozzi: nieces and nephews, Tyler Newstrom, Evan Clemens, Michelle Kaiser, Chelsea Kaiser Mecozzi and Hanson Mecozzi Kaiser: and great-niece, Lily Clemens. Vance was preceded in death by his brother, Verne Mecozzi and his sister, Von Clemens (Mecozzi).

Visitation will take place on Saturday, April 17th, at Proko Funeral Home, from 11:a.m. until the time of service at 12:00 Noon. Facial coverings are required for those attending. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the Family or donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Interment will be private at the Sunset Ridge Memorial Park in the Celebration of Life Center.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 17th, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, April 17th, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, April 17th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, April 17th, 2021 12:00pm
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Family to do own service at Noon


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Paul Swift

Posted at 03:05pm
I never realized his middle name is spelled the same as my bother's name, Allen Swift (aka Butch). Vance gave me my nickname Mini Butch which still hangs on today. My mother called me Min or Mini up until she died. So glad I had a chance to talk with Vance recently. Same old Vance. Man, I miss that guy. Going to have some stuffed peppers thinking of him eating them at my mom's house on 33rd. I am really missing not being able to be home in Kenosha tomorrow. My next visit home, whenever that is, will not be the same.

Teresa Lorenz

Posted at 02:33pm
So many great memories of Vance and our McKinley gang. Rest In Peace dear friend.

Rick Engels

Posted at 10:30pm
Creepy crawlers. I know this sounds crazy but it is the first memory I have of this great man. We grew up a few door away from each other and as a child I remember making rubber insects with him and his brother Vern at their house. I am missing you my brother. Your smile was infectious between the beers and the ball games we had many laughs with our McKinley gang. Keep a spot saved for me up there. I will look forward to seeing you and Vern again. You touched many people in your life, now it's up to us to carry on for you. We will fail to fill your shoes, but a challenge to pick up the sprit of others, as you did, is ours now.

Denise Hilty Stevens

Posted at 07:58pm
Vance was a great lifelong friend and I will forever treasure his friendship. My love and Prayers go out to his family. This is such heartbreaking news! Vance all I can say is See you on the otherside buddy! Love you!!! 💕

MaryJane Smrekar

Posted at 04:11pm
He was a great guy!! We will miss him!! Love, MaryJane.. aka Janie, Dave and Chase

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