Honoring Heritage: Rockford Resident Selected as "Man of the Year"

By Christie Nicks

Published 07/13 2014 08:04PM

Updated 07/13 2014 09:55PM

ROCKFORD - A Rockford man celebrates top honors for his Sicilian heritage.

The Ethnic Heritage Museum honored Sam Oliveri as the "Italian Gallery 2014 Man of the Year", Sunday afternoon.

Oliveri received the title for his strong family values, volunteerism and professional contributions to the community.

Oliveri owns Gasparini and Oliveri Funeral Home on the city's southwest side, and he says there's no place he'd rather be.

"This is where it all started for a lot of our families," said Oliveri, "This is home to a lot of us so that's why I'm still here."

Oliveri is a third generation owner of the funeral home. He's worked there for the past 40 years.

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