Salvatore R. Sprovieri
Knollcrest Funeral Home
1500 South Meyers Road
Lombard, IL
Sprovieri, Salvatore R. 78, passed away in Westminster, CA on October 24, 2009 after a long illness. Born in Chicago, Sal attended Chicago Public Schools and DePaul University from where he graduated in the early 50's. He then went on to graduate school at the University of Arizona, finishing there with a Master's Degree in Chemistry. After working in the food ingredient industry for 20 years, he founded Flavorchem Corporation in 1971, first in Illinois and then added a division in Orange County, California in 1996. He remained active in the management of that business until his death. During his lifetime, he enjoyed many diverse hobbies including playing and writing music, writing his stories and memoirs, playing tennis, and gardening. For the past 12 years, he was especially proud of his small vineyard in Southern California where he produced wines for his family and friends under the label, "Three Sons." He was also an avid rose grower and was a member of the Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jacqueline (nee Amyotte), his children, Connie, Anthony (Michelle), Peter and Ross (Susan), his grandchildren Amey (David) Cohen, Katie Barba, Kailey Catapano, and Maximilian, Leonardo and Giovanni Sprovieri, he is also survived by his mother, Elvira (nee Gagliano), his brothers Raymond (Noelle) and Phillip and his nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Anthony. Visitation Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Knollcrest Funeral Home, 1500 S. Meyers Rd. (3 blocks S. of Roosevelt), Lombard. Funeral Thursday, 8:45 a.m. from the funeral home to Ascension of Our Lord Church, Oakbrook Terrace. Mass 9:30. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to The Salvatore R. Sprovieri Family Memorial Fund – Dept. of Chemistry, c/o DePaul University, One East Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604. Questions concerning this scholarship fund can be directed to Sara Miller Acosta at 312-362-5383 or [email protected] Info: 630-932-1500.
Published by Chicago Sun-Times from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2009.
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Dear Jackie:

If you remember me "Pat Clifford" I just now found the obit on my computer. I was sorry to read about Sal. I have a lot of good memories, since I was around in the beginning of your company.
The Christmas dinner for the staff at your Oakbrook home were fun and Sal was always so good to me and Jim. Take care and maybe someday we may meet again. May God be with You and your family.
January 23, 2010
Phil - You and Sal gave me a second career. I learned a great deal from Sal and you. He reminded me of my Godfather and I will always remember him as a proud and fair main.
God bless him
Mike Dilg
Michael Dilg
December 1, 2009
Tony & family,
So very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Margie Cihlar Leitner
November 15, 2009
My deepest sympathy to all of you in the Sprovieri family. I knew Sal at DePaul where we were fraternity brothers. I remember how he would enliven our meetings with his own version of ragtime on the piano. A great talent and a fun person!

Ed Kowalczyk
Arlington Heights, IL
November 14, 2009
Dear Mrs. Sprovieri and Family:

I was very saddend to learn of Mr. Sprovieri's passing. Jackie, you and my parents enjoyed such a wonderful friendship and so many beautiful memories together. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I take comfort in the fact that my father and Sal are together again, watching over both of our families. They were both amazing men.


Mara N. Tiritilli
November 12, 2009
Jackie and family,
I was so sadden to hear of the passing of Sal, or I as I called him when I was a child, "Smiley". I will always remember the weekend mornings of the guys playing tennis...
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Vicky Summers Hospodka
Victoria Summers Hospodka
November 11, 2009
I was very sorry to hear of Sal's passing, please accept my sympathies for your entire family. I was honored to have met Sal years agao and then to join Flavorchem this past year. Sal leaves a wonderful legacy.
Steve Carlin
November 10, 2009
Phil and Ross,

Sorry to hear the news about Sal. He was one of the brightest fellows that I ever knew in the industry. I know you will carry on the legacy of the family name and the powerful brand that Flavorchem has become through your collective efforts.
Gerry Blight
November 10, 2009
My condolences to the Salvatore family.
Sal and I were born on the same day..January 23, 1931. We both attended and graduated from Kelvyn Park High School...I last enjoyed playing tennis with him on the indoor court at his plant. He had a BIG smile and generous-peaceful nature...whatever he did, he did well!!

Ronald Keim Palatine, IL
Ronald Keim
November 9, 2009
Ross,Phil, and family I would like to express my condolences on the passing of your father & brother. My father and I always knew Sal as a good man, and always enjoyed our time with him whenever we would call on him. May he rest in peace, and his memory be of confort to you always.

Barry Flicher
Barry Flicher
November 9, 2009
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