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William E. “Willie” Vignali

d. January 1, 2024

William E. “Willie” Vignali, 96, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2024 at Centennial Pointe Senior Living in Springfield, Illinois.

Willie was born September 2, 1927 in Sherman, Illinois the son of Nelo and Mary (Mariconi) Vignali.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor and daughter, Janice Himelsbach; and two sisters.

He is survived by his son-in-law, (John) Himelsbach; granddaughter, Lauri B. (Alan) Hill; sister, Pauline Murray; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Willie was a contractor for most of his life.  He taught himself how to build furniture.

He loved fishing and being outdoors.

Willie was one of the founders of the Sherman Athletic Club and helped build the facility.

Graveside services will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery near Springfield.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. My deepest sympathy for the family. Willie always had the nicest smile and was a good friend to my sons Dan and Mark Polistina.

  2. Willie was more than a carpenter, he was a craftsman. He built the additions to our home without blueprints and was advisor and craftsman when Brian built his log home. He was very kind. Our sympathy to his family.

    Delores and Earl Fowler

  3. So sorry for the loss of Willie Vignali. Many prayers being sent to the family.

  4. So sorry for the loss of Willie Vignali. He will be remembered as a very friendly guy. A very good carpenter and always had a smile on his face. Many prayers being sent to the family.

  5. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

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