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Anthony A. 'Tony' Vestuto, 84, Bloomington

Anthony A. "Tony" Vestuto, 84, of Bloomington, died Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 13, 2013 at Hospice House in Bloomington, surrounded by his family.

Born May 27, 1929 in Chicago, Ill., he was son of Antonio and Aurelia Vestuto. Mr. Vestuto earned a bachelor of fine arts in painting from Illinois Wesleyan University and an master of fine arts in sculpture and painting from Southern Illinois University. He was a gifted artist and educator, teaching 18 years for Brown County School Corporation. Before that, he was an instructor for Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, a tenured associate professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, and a visiting professor in sculpture at University of Illinois. His teaching credits also include Lincoln College, Lincoln, Ill.; Clinton Illinois Fine Art Center; Bloomington-Normal Art Association, Bloomington, Ill.; Bloomington, Ill. adult education program; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; and Hadley-Luzerne Central School, Lake Luzerne, N.Y.

Tony was a prolific artist, producing a huge body of work throughout his professional life. His paintings and sculptures are held in permanent collections in New York, Illinois and Indiana. His works have been exhibited and have received a host of awards in juried national, regional, and local art shows and craft fairs throughout the East and Midwest, and he has presented in numerous non-juried individual and group shows in Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio.

Tony, along with his wife, Pat, owned and operated Brettony Fine Arts & Crafts Center in Bloomington from 1972-1977, where he was involved in production and sales as well as teaching classes in ceramics, painting, photography, sculpture, and drawing. He retired from teaching in 1992 but continued to lead a dynamic life, creating his own art while traveling, doing consulting work, and collaborating with individual artists in Arizona, Florida, California, and Indiana. Tony was also an avid nature and animal lover. Tony’s exuberant spirit and zest for life will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. As a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he will receive full military honors.

Tony is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Patricia (Payne) Vestuto of Bloomington; a daughter, Anne Vestuto (husband, Nathan Montoya), of Madison; two sons and their wives, Jon (Cathie) Vestuto, and Andrew (Donna) Vestuto, all of Bloomington; a grandson, Adrian Montoya of Baltimore, Md.; and a stepbrother, Earl Riggs of Bloomington. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a younger brother.

A private visitation will be conducted at Day Funeral Home in Bloomington. A public memorial celebration service will be announced for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to the ASPCA, or the family can be contacted for suggestions of local arts charities.

Online condolences can be given at www.DayFuneralServices.com.

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  • August 29
    Watermelon fundraiser on Village Green
    1 to 4 p.m. Village Green, Main and Jefferson streets
  • August 30
    Golf scramble to benefit BCHS athletics set
    1 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • August 30
    Mission trip presentation at Fruitdale church
    2 p.m. Midway Church,
  • September 3
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    Future of rural places subject of talk
    5:30 p.m. Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East
  • September 5
    BCHS class of 2005 reunion slated
    3 to 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Deer Run Park; Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • September 6
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 8
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. BCCF, 209 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 8
    Retired teachers
    noon Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St.
  • September 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 12
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • September 18
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    4 to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 18
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    7:30 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 19
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 19
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    6 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 20
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    2 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 28
    American history DVD to play at library
    1 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • October 4
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane