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Robert "Bob" Tarsitano, Jr.

July 6, 1935 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Robert "Bob" Tarsitano, Jr. Obituary

     Robert “Bob” Tarsitano, Jr., age 88 of the Town of Gibraltar, passed away on Friday, January 12, 2024, at his home.

     Bob was born on July 6, 1935, to the late Robert and Anna Tarsitano in Chicago, IL.

     His elementary and secondary education was obtained in the parochial schools of Chicago. At the elementary level, Our Lady of Pompeii School, and at the secondary level, he graduated from St. Patrick Academy in 1953.

     Bob proudly served in the United Stated Air Force. He was honorably discharged  after serving four years of active duty during the Korean War. After the completion of his enlistment, he attended DePaul University in Chicago, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in June of 1962. Bob went on to earn his Master’s Degree at Loyola University and taught Political Science at the College of Du Page County.

     Bob was united in marriage to his best friend and soulmate Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Patterson on December 27, 1969, at St. Pius Catholic Church in Omaha, NE. She preceded him in death on November 9, 2018. Bob was a devoted, loyal and loving caretaker for Betty during the years of her illness preceding her death.

     Bob taught American History and Government at the secondary level in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, and for several years, he was a teaching missionary with the Sioux Indian Nation on the Rosebud Reservation, in South Dakota. During his stay with the Sioux, he received numerous letters of commendation from national public officials for his pioneering work in the development of reservation housing. Bob pridefully related a story of helping a family learn how to build their home, brick by brick. In connection with this effort, he authored articles including “Rosebud’s Housing Component” and “Reflections on the Sioux of Rosebud” both in 1965. Bob was an eligible recipient of a Regency Tuition Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Grant, and is presently a holder of a United States Patent. He is a member of the American Political Science Association and the Midwest Political Science Association.

     After Bob and Betty retired, they moved to Door County and built their dream home. They became members of St. Mary’s of the Lake Parish, currently Stella Maris Parish – Baileys Harbor site. Bob’s faith was something about which he was very passionate.

     Bob is survived by many cousins including the Cregan siblings in the Door County area.

     In addition to his wife, Betty, he was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Joanne Santoro along with a large Tarsitano extended family.

     A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Bob will be held on Friday, February 2, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Stella Maris Catholic Parish – Baileys Harbor site, (8013 WI-57, Baileys Harbor WI 54202), with Fr. Thomas Farrell officiating. Visitation will be held at church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Internment will take place in Resurrection Cemetery in Omaha, NE, at a later date.

     Special thank you to Jan Malchow and Father Tom of Stella Maris and to the Cregan family for support and prayers.

     Expressions of sympathy and memories of Bob may be shared with his family through his tribute page at





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February 2, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Stella Maris Parish-Baileys Harbor site
8013 State Highway 57
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

Memorial Mass
February 2, 2024

11:00 AM
Stella Maris Parish-Baileys Harbor site
8013 State Highway 57
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202


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