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12/29/2020 9:25:00 AM
Maggio Blessent
March 12, 1932 - December 19, 2020
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Maggio Blessent, age 88 of Danville, Ill., went to be with the Lord at 2:45 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife and sister-in-law.

Maggio was born on March 12, 1932 in Stonington, Ill. He was the son of Peter and Pauline (Chiolerio) Blessent. Maggio attended Stonington schools. He lived in Taylorville, Ill. and Veedersburg, Ind. before moving to Danville, Ill. where he has resided since 1991. Maggio married (Sheila) Rene Malan on September 30, 1978 in Danville, Ill. and she survives.

Maggio served in the U.S. Army from 1952 until 1954 during the Korean Conflict. He worked at General Motors Central Foundry in Tilton, Ill. until his retirement in 1988.

Maggio was a member of the GM Retirees Group and Illiana Genealogy Society. He was a devoted member of the Cornerstone Church in Danville previously First Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon. Maggio enjoyed woodworking.

Surviving with his wife, Rene, are, one son, Bart M. (Kim) Blessent of South Charleston, W.V.; one daughter, Barbara (Jerry) Winslow of Ravenden Springs, Ark.; one brother, Tommy (Lillian) Blessent of Taylorville, Ill.; one sister, Judy (Howard) Moma of Taylorville, Ill.; nine grandchildren: Melissa (Craig) Panneton, Jessica (Byron) Denhart, Rayna Jeske (Adam Douglass), Debi Jeske, Stephanie (Andy) Gombos, Freyia (Ben) Holbrook, Anthony (Amber) Blessent, Michael Blessent, and Peter Blessent; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Maggio was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Rebecca “Jeannie” Van Gorden, brothers, Mijo Blessent, Martin Blessent, Jim Blessent, and Joseph Blessent; and sister, Mary Ladd.

The family would acknowledges Michael Wagner, N.P. for his years of care for Maggio.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Cornerstone Church, 1607 Greenwood Cemetery Rd, Danville, IL 61832 with Pastor Kevin Cox officiating. Inurnment will be at the Danville National Cemetery at a later date.

Please check closer to service date for times. Online condolences may be made at

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