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Christopher M. Iannone

Christopher M. Iannone

October 30, 2011

Christopher Michael Iannone, 39, of Eau Claire, completed his journey here on Earth on Sunday, October 30, 2011, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN.

He was born on April 22, 1972, in Oak Park, IL, the son of Anthony Iannone and Mary Ann Iannone-Smith.  Chris graduated from Chippewa Falls Senior High School in 1990. 

During his younger years, Chris worked with his mother at Mary Ann’s Root Beer & More.  He also worked for the Chippewa Valley YMCA and Prange Way in Chippewa Falls.  Chris was the C.O.O. at Northwest International Trucks and later worked as office manager at Lydia’s Lighting & Furniture in Eau Claire.

He was well known for his ability to make others laugh and his infectious smile. Among his many interests were entertaining, gardening in his yard, boating on the river, and swimming.   Chris was an avid movie watcher with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory being his favorite. 

Chris was a devoted and active member of his church, Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Eau Claire.  He was one of the original founders of the LBGT Chippewa Valley Community Center.  Chris was an inspirational community volunteer for various organizations including the Community Table, Beacon House, Feed My People, Chippewa Valley Pride, and many others.

Christopher is survived by his father, Anthony (Carolyn) Iannone of Plainfield, IL; his mother, Mary Ann (Bud) Smith of Chippewa Falls, WI; his partner, Thomas Murphy of Eau Claire; two sisters, Connie Iannone of Chippewa Falls, and Carrie (Tim) Leis of Chippewa Falls; his niece, Elizabeth Leis, and nephew, Matthew Leis of Chippewa Falls; his Godmother, Carla (Mike) Krage of Bloomingdale, IL; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins and stepsiblings.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Anthony and Victoria Iannone; maternal grandparents, John and Theresa Fredrick; a very special great aunt, Virginia “GeeGee” Pouska; two aunts, Theresa Bischoff and Corinne Musilami; an uncle, John Fredrick II; and his Godfather, Gordon “Ole” Olson.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 5, 2011, at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Eau Claire. Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Friday, November 4, at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 421 S. Farwell Ave., Eau Claire.

Chris’s family cannot express enough gratitude to all of his “medical family” in Rochester who lovingly cared for him throughout his journey with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. His journey without them would be unimaginable.  

Memorials can be made to Unitarian Universalist Congregation, The Community Table 320 Putnam St. #2, Eau Claire, WI 54703, or The Gift of Life Transplant House 705 2nd St., Rochester, MN 55902-2986.

The family asks you to please show respect for those with allergies by refraining from the use of all fragrances (perfume, cologne, after shave, body spray or scented lotions, etc). Thank you for your understanding.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services is serving Christopher’s family. 


3-8 p.m. Friday Nov. 4, 2011, at Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church, 421 S. Farwell Ave., Eau Claire. Note: There will be no visitation on Saturday prior to the service.


11 a.m. Saturday at Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church, 421 S. Farwell Ave., Eau Claire.

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  • Pam and Gary Frederick We are so very sorry to hear about Chris. It was always a pleasure to have him at our home when our kids were in High School. Even though we did not see Chris often over the past years, when we did, It was always with that Big smile of his and a Hug. That's how we will remember him. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    November 4 at 11:05pm

  • Ashley Huyser RN 93/73RMH It was such a pleasure taking care of Chris! He always brought a smile to my face, and brightened my mood. He had such a big heart that touched so many people.

    Tom, Mary Ann and family...May you find comfort in your many memories of days shared.

    November 4 at 6:55pm

  • Rita Nowak My deepest sympathy and prayers on the death of Chris. He had such a wonderful smile and so helpful when you needed it. I am fortunate to have known him through work at the YMCA.

    November 4 at 3:39pm

  • Amy Sikkink I was shocked and saddened to hear of Chris. Kristen, Leanne and myself went to see him in his room and he had been moved downtown. We all said that is was because he must be getting better. I only wished that we had been right. Chris was only with us for a short time but "WOW" what a fan club. We here in the Pt area have very heavy hearts. You are in our thoughts... Keep your chin up Mary Ann

    November 4 at 2:57PM

  • Inge and Ryan Murphy Chris was such an amazing person. His light shined wherever he went, and we are better people from knowing him. We will be enroute to Eau Claire to make the wake, but if we don't get there before 8:00, please know we are praying for you Tom, and the rest of Chris' family. My heart is warm knowing Chris is home with our Heavenly Father.

    November 4 at 2:47PM

  • Irene Olson My sympathy for your loss. May the memories of Christopher bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

    November 4 at 2:15PM

  • Fred and Barb Baustian Christopher will long be remembered for his kindness and sweet spirit. We will always remember him with much love and joy. It was a blessing just to know him. Maryann, God blessed you with a wonderful boy and you did such a great job of raising him. His life on this earth has been a short journey, but he has done greater things with his life than most have done with a much longer life. May God grant you His peace that passes all understanding. We are here for you and just a phone call or visit away. We send our love to all who are left behind.

    November 4 at 11:46AM

  • Kim Baustian-Senteney My heart is heavy with the news of Chris' passing. Growing up with Connie, Carrie, and Christopher is a wonderful part of my childhood memories. I pray for comfort and peace for his family and friends who are left behind. My love to you, Mary Ann. He couldn't have asked for a better mom.

    November 4 at 8:25AM

  • Nancy Schubert I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Chris. I had the privledge of working with him at PrangeWay in Chippewa and in Eau Claire. He was so much fun and could light up a room just by entering it. He saw the bright side of everything. My sincere sympathy to Thomas and Chris's family.

    November 4 at 7:37AM

  • Kris Simpson My deepest, heart-felt sympathies go out to Chris' loved ones. The world is a better place because he was with us, even if for such a short time. He truly made a difference, and inspires me to follow his example.

    November 4 at 6:33AM

  • Karen Rose To my "Birthday Buddy", my college math tutor..(you were in the 8th grade), my friend with a sense of humor like mine..what more can I convey that hasn't already been expressed! Always remembered, will always be missed. Love to you and ALL of your family!

    November 4 at 4:54AM

  • Alan Deaton You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    November 3 at 9:50PM

  • Bill and Sandy Burich So sorry to hear about Chris's death. We will always remember him for being a very friendly young man in high school and whenever we would see him years later.. He made an impression in this world and he will be missed by many. We extend our sympathy to his family and partner.

    November 3 at 9:23PM

  • Jennifer Smith •I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. -Leo Buscaglia

    Chris will forever remain in my heart along with you Mary Ann. Together you taught me that it does matter to find five minutes when it seems I don't have even one. I hope my children will look up to me with gratitude and pride as Chris did to you. My nursing career will always include the relationship I built with you both.

    I know God has a plan...someday we too may understand it.

    Love and prayers to all who knew Chris!
    Jennifer Smith, RN Station 93/73 RMH

    November 3 at 8:37PM

  • LouAnn Krueger Mary Ann, so sorry to hear about Chris. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    November 3 at 8:06PM

  • Frank Kane Tony very sorry to hear about your son. You have my deapest sympathy.

    November 3 at 4:44PM

  • Rose Ebert MaryAnne So Sorry to hear My prayers are with you.
    Take care of yourself!

    November 3 at 2:42PM

  • Lorna Harvey I was also a classmate of Chris' and although had not seen him in many years, can remember his friendly nature and always a smile on his face. He was everyone's friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his friends and family! He will continue to shine on.

    November 3 at 9:03AM

  • Melissa Deters My heartfelt condolences to Chris's family. I was a classmate of Chris's and I remember him always smiling. My you find comfort in the coming days.
    God Speed Chris!

    November 2 at 6:56PM

  • Rich Nolan Chris,You were a good cousin and had lots of laughs when we were young.May God bless and rest in peace Take care

    November 2 at 6:00PM

  • Pam Corkill So very sad for such a sincere and honest guy. RIP Chris. You brought many smiles to Brad and I.

    November 2 at 4:40PM

  • Julie (Carnaggio) Mazzocchi I am so sorry I haven't come back on here! I really wanted a miracle for you, as everyone else did. It makes me so sad to see this all, but I want to to know you are in my thoughts and prayers! I prayed you had a good journey to heaven! Also my prayers to Tom, your whole family, and all the friends that loved you so! You will go on forever in our hearts! RIP my friend no more suffering!!!
    Julie (Carnaggio) Mazzocchi

    November 2 at 12:37PM

  • Cristine Lindsey (O'Connell) I have many wonderful memories of Christopher..although it has been a while since I last saw him I will miss him & cherish the memories I have of him & keep him in my heart always...I love you Christophermay you rest peacefully my forever friend!!xoxo Love Cris

    November 2 at 10:12AM

  • Chuck & Sandy Heerhold Our deepest condolences, may he be at peace.

    November 2 at 6:39AM

  • Lori Bishop When in the presence of Chris, no matter how dreary a day it may have been, the space was instantly filled with sunshine, happiness, warmth & laughter. He is truly a man who has come into our lives and left footprints on our hearts
    and we will never ever be the same because of him.

    Thank you Chris for all you've given us, you will be missed by many. God Bless you Tom, Chris' family and friends. Heaven got a fabulous one today.

    November 1 at 2:36PM

  • Gary Hollander Our agency as a whole and I personally grew to love and respect what a fine and steady man Chris was over our decade of work together. A few years ago we tried to woo him to Milwaukee, but he refused because of his commitments to his home community -- he called it the "work he had not finished." I will miss him terribly as a colleague in arms and a man of great depth.

    November 1 at 2:34PM

  • Mike Jasper Chris was an example of a person who showed true kindness, compassion and strength.
    He was always ready to help, to laugh, to hug.....he will be missed
    I still remember the "old" days when Chris worked at the root beer stand........with his never ending smile

    November 1 at 8:48AM

  • Jan Carroll Chris was one of the first people I got to know a bit at UUC, with him being on the membership committee. He was so welcoming and had that ability to make a person feel comfortable right away. He also had a pretty darn good sense of humor. We'll miss you, Chris.

    November 1 at 8:19AM

  • Tracy Tye Stephens I remember Chris so clearly from when we were kids. Whip smart and funny beyond his years. No one could possibly say one negative word about him. What a testament to a life well-lived. Deepest condolences to all of Christopher's loved ones.

    November 1 at 6:15AM

  • Mark Quam When one mentions the name Chris, so many things come to mind. Caring, giving, creative, friendly, energetic, loving, funny and the list goes on and on. You brought a special presence to everyone's life whom you touched Chris. You will be greatly missed. However, I do know one thing and that is that your enthusiasm for life was hard to ignore. Although you have moved on, your energy and your spirit is still present in the many lives that you touched Chris. My sympathy goes out to the family of Chris and a special heart felt sympathy to Tom. May the spirit of Chris be with everyone during this time of change and adjustment. I feel better about life knowing that I had a chance to know Chris.

    October 31 at 10:20PM

  • susan M. Nelson Chris was on the membership committee when my husband and i first arrived in 2007--- what a friendly warm guy! Chris, we loved the boatride from you and Tom in 2008... what a happy good day that was. Oh Chris, you were a shining star of friendliness. You will be remembered for a very long time.

    October 31 at 9:12PM

  • Jody Hagedorn Sending love and hugs to all who were touched by Chris here on Earth. Honoring him with sweet memories for his bright light now soaring on Angels wings. ♥ ♥

    October 31 at 6:53PM

  • Blake Opitz Tom it is hard to think of either of you without the other. You guys are a perfect match. I truly believe Chris is off fulfilling his destiny, but will always be around you. I hope you do find some comfort knowing how much so many people care for you both.

    October 31 at 2:38PM

  • Rev. Julianne Lepp Chris Iannone had a light that just shone out when he spoke or interacted with you. He believed in loving everyone and everybody. Chris will be missed sorely at our church, but we know the work he did here will continue. His light will only magnify outwards through all the lives he has touched and transformed. Our deep love goes out to all who cared for Chris and we hope that people will come together in care during this difficult time.

    Shine on, Chris. We love you.

    October 31 at 12:49PM

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