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Harold C Conti Jr.

Harold C Conti Jr.

Harold “Hal” Charles Conti, Jr. passed away peacefully at home from complications of chronic heart failure on 11/4/2023.

Hal was born on 1/20/1944 to Harold and Angela Conti in Syracuse, NY. He along with his sister, Linda (Susman) Conti had a nice childhood surrounded by a large Italian Catholic family and all of the traditions that came with that community. Hal was active in the church growing up as an altar boy and even going as far as considering the seminary until he met our mom, Nancy Stainton in 1965. Hal was a soda jerk at a local drugstore and our Aunt Chris (Christine Dearlove), mom’s sister, decided they had to meet. Much to our Grandmother’s chagrin, the seminary didn’t stand a chance after he met Mom. It was a yearlong courtship until Hal proposed to Nancy on Christmas Eve night, the two were wed seven months later. Hal went to school to be a drafter and was active as a ham radio operator. Soon after joining the workforce Hal found sales and he spent the next few decades working for a few different large companies opening and managing cheese and candy shops all over the country, with the family in tow. Hal was often at work, but never lost sight of his most important job which was being a good husband and father to his and Nancy’s five kids. Together they ensured that the kids were involved in all of the things, from sports to Scouts and church and music and most importantly he taught them life lessons. There were many lessons at home that resulted in some of Hal’s most infamous sayings, like “cash is king” where his kids all learned the importance of working, earning and most of all to be a good tipper. He also could be heard declaring, “if you leave hungry it’s your own damn fault”, you see Hal and Nancy always had an open door and a large spread of food, friends and family were always coming and going and were always encouraged to eat. Later in life Hal opened his own business, Video Duplication Specialists in Rockford, IL where he was able to be his own man and run a business by his terms and if you didn’t learn a work ethic from Hal in those days, you just weren’t paying attention. He was the kind of man that his kids aspired to be, it’s hard to know who was prouder, Hal of his kids or his kids of Hal.

When Hal and Nancy retired to Menomonie, WI they spent their golden years with family and going to grandkids’ sporting events. Hal especially enjoyed going to the lake, dishing out Grandpa like wisdom to whomever would listen and paling around with his best buddy, yorkie terrier, Roxy. Hal was a man dedicated to his family, that is what defined his life; when Nancy was sick in 2020 he was by her side and now they are together again in Heaven, Thanks Be to God.

Hal was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy J. Conti, his parents, Harold and Angela Conti and his brother-in-law Robert Susman. He is survived by his sister, Linda Susman (Albany, NY) and his five children Harold (Janice) Conti, Mapleton, MN; Craig (Stacy) Conti, Chanhassen, MN, Adam (Michelle) Conti, Rockford, IL, Erika (Eric) Sutherland, Menomonie, WI, Nick (Megan) Conti Chippewa Falls, WI, six grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

The family would like to thank the staff from St. Croix Hospice for their compassion and direction in the last month of Harold’s life.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 11:00AM-12:00PM Thursday, November 9, 2023 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Menomonie, is serving the family.


  1. Todd Beverley

    I send my condolences to the Conti family. Hal was a great man and will be missed.

  2. Jean Sutherland-Kreger

    November 7, 2023
    Hal Conti-My brother's father-in-law, the kindest man I ever met.
    Erika and Family,
    I am so glad I got to meet Hal and to spend time with him these last few years during our get-togethers. He was always cheerful and kind. I am so sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed!
    Jean Sutherland-Kreger”

  3. Patricia Steward

    I enjoyed reading the tribute, although I did not know Harold personally. It is clear he valued and raised a beautiful family and strong children. My heart goes out to the family for your loss, let the memories carry on. Erika, you are blessed to have been able to care for your father and mother. You definitely learned well with a strong work ethic and I see you passing that on to your family. May God Bless you all, know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Bill Hermanson

    I was so sad to hear about the passing of Hal. So fortunate I got to see him this past summer. Lots of fond memories of talking with him and your mom at your home in monroe. My condolences to all your family.

  5. Ted Williams

    I remember Hal as being a true gentleman. I always enjoyed talking to him and your Mom whenever I saw them in Monroe.
    May he and your Mother rest in peace.

  6. Jim Glessner

    Please accept my fond memories of your dd, from a fellow co- worker in Monroe. Good memories!


    So sorry to hear of your dad‘s passing. Your dad and I both worked at Swiss colony stores years and years and years ago. I was new in your neighborhood and he invited me up to your house for food, fun, laughter, and good conversation. Your mom and dad were both so welcoming to me and I cherish their friendship. So sorry for your loss, but I remember them both and cherished memories.

  8. Christine Venable

    What a beautiful tribute to your dad, and mom. I will never forget Uncle Hal at grandma's house showing my son, who was about 2 years old, how to squish the tomatoes in grandma's garden. We pray that your family finds peace in knowing Uncle Hal and Aunt Nancy are together again.

  9. Fitsum Tegene

    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your father, Mr. Harold. I am sending my deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. I didn't know Mr. Harold personally, but I'm privileged to know and work with Erika, and it's not easy to imagine what a remarkable person he was.
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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