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Ermando "Mondo" Ugo Evischi
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
1993 VIP Award Winner


    While he was well known around the area for his accordion, he was just as well known as a fixture at most all Centralia High School basketball and football games as well as the sports scene in general in the Centralia area.
    Mondo, as he was known to everyone around Centralia, retired from Vesci (Falstaff Distributor) in 1975.  He played the accordion since he was a young man and was a key member of the Illinois Playboys, who played regularly at his tavern in Wamac.  He was also a member of the Jack Scott Orchestra, which played in various clubs and dance halls across Southern Illinois for 40 years.
    He loved all sports, including hunting, fishing, bowling and golf, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.  He was also a lifetime member of the Centralia Elks and Trinity Lutheran Church.
    Evischi died on February 5, 2010, at the age of 94.



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