James L. “Sonny” Sandretto, 91 of Gillespie, died at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, MO on Friday, November 11, 2022. He was born on November 2, 1931, in Gillespie to James Sandretto and Mamie Pianfetti Sandretto.
He married Rosalie Genetti Sandretto. He was retired after having been a senior systems analyst for McDonnell Douglas. James was a veteran of the US Army after having served during Korea. He was a member of the 3rd Degree K of C of Gillespie and VFW Post 4547 of Gillespie, CFU. He enjoyed fishing and playing cards.
He is survived by his spouse, Rosalie Sandretto of Gillespie; children, Joan Libbra of Benld, Brett Sandretto of Gillespie, and Becky (Jon) Frieda of Sunset Hills, MO; grandchildren, Rhett Hasara, Gina Libbra, Dustin Libbra, Miranda Sandretto, Nico Frieda, Aurelio Frieda, and Luciano Frieda; brothers-in-law, Bill (Jean) Genetti of Chatham and Francis (Rita) Genetti of Gillespie; sister in law, Debbie Cox of Staunton; and several nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lorraine Davies and Virginia Lanter; and son-in-law, Ron Libbra.
Friends may call on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at SS Simon & Jude Church, Gillespie from 9:30 am until 11:00 am. Funeral mass will be on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at SS Simon & Jude Church, Gillespie at 11:00 am.
Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Gillespie. Memorials are suggested to Coal Museum, Catholic Childrens Home, Alton or Knights of Columbus, Gillespie. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.