January 24, 1930 – September 9, 2021
Beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Worked with his two brothers at the family wholesale grocery business, Ancona Brothers, from 1949 until retiring in 1998. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores Ancona; son, Charles Ancona; daughter, Michaela Ali Ancona; great-granddaughter, Aviana May Stottle; brothers, Sam and Joseph Ancona; and sister, Josie Upah. Survived by daughters: Carla Morin (Randy), Virginia Ancona, Cindi Mahoney (Michael), and Maria Sauvageau (Jeff); grandchildren: Angel Stottle (Matt), Joey Theisen, Lindsey Morin, Callie O’Callaghan (Ken), Marisa Mahoney, Patrick Mahoney, Sean Mahoney, Andrew Gustafson, Mitchel Sauvageau (Becca), Rachel Sauvageau, and Ashley Gustafson; great-grandchildren: Von, Pierce, Eddie, Mila, and Rip. Also survived by Kathy Fitzgerald Grandsaert and family.
The family will receive friends Friday, September 17th from 5pm to 7pm at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th Street, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, September 18th at 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church. Interment: Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Charles V. Ancona Memorial Scholarship Fund.
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Carl Ancona attended St. Cecilia Grade School in Omaha before attending Creighton Prep where he was co-captain of the baseball team. He also played football, and his 1947 team won the state championship and was inducted into the Creighton Prep Athletic Hall of Fame.
After graduation, Carl enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July of 1948, serving for one year on a destroyer in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii before being honorably discharged in July of 1949. The following September, Carl met Dolores Jezewski, the woman who would be his loving wife for 46 years until her passing on December 15, 1996. Together they raised six children.
Beginning in 1949, Carl worked with his two brothers at the family wholesale grocery business, Ancona Brothers, until he retired in 1998. He was inducted into the Culinary Arts Omaha Hospitality Hall of Fame.
A parishioner at Christ the King Parish since 1960, Carl served as a trustee, usher, and Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.
In October of 1997 Carl met Kathy Fitzgerald Grandsaert. Together they shared many moments with each other and her family.
Carl enjoyed over fifty years of golf at Happy Hollow Club, where he aced each of the four Par 3 holes—a spectacular accomplishment that made him very proud! In addition to golf, Carl loved Big Red Football, Yankee Baseball, going out to restaurants, spending winters in Palm Springs, socializing with his many friends, and sharing holiday time with children and grandchildren.