Condolence & Memory Journal

We were so sorry to learn of Dan's death and wish to offer our deepest sympathy to Mary Ann and family. We have many fond memories of the days in Center Line.

Posted by Gene & Carol Pezzotti    September 16, 2010

A great friend and former colleague. He had a lasting impact on so many, including myself.

Gary Kolar

Posted by Gary Kolar - Atlanta, GA - friend, colleague   September 08, 2010

I had the pleasure of knowing Dante at the end of his life, when he shared a private nursing home with my father. I would come to visit every other day, sometimes two or three days in a row, and each time, as I walked in to go find my father, there would be Dante in the corner, legs crossed, in his favorite lazyboy chair. "Hi", he'd greet me in a raspy but friendly voice. I looked forward to seeing him just as much as I did my father--they were good, quiet housemates for eachother. Dante would control the tv most of the time, and my dad would just watch it with him, sometimes admitting he "got a kick" out of "that guy in the corner". The caretakers just loved Dante because whenever they'd have conversations about food or wine, he would pipe up out of nowhere, "I love wine!" and they would giggle. They told me how he used to be a professor and it warmed my heart to imagine him when he was at the height of his career, wowwing students with his special charm and clever sayings. It sounds like he touched countless lives in his journey here and made an impact on many a person, and I can say that just from knowing him for a few months, I felt the same way. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

Posted by Laura Vandenheede    September 08, 2010

It was widely known that Mr. Chinni was the most engaging at best teacher at Center Line High (1981). He wanted so much for us to learn what he taught.

I remember him saying, "Trust me on this class: One day you are going to be at a cocktail party and someone is going to start a conversation and you'll be GLAD I was here to teach you about it. Trust me!"

And, he was right! He was a good man that had a long-lasting impact on more than he could ever have imagined.

Posted by Maria Zardis    September 07, 2010

Mr. Chinni, by far one of my favorites from Center Line High School. He made History come to life. When he was giving his classroom lectures, you could feel his passion and love for history. He was a kind, caring man.
My sincere condolences to his family.

Posted by Wendy Gani Sommariva    September 07, 2010

I had the opportunity and pleasure in assisting with the care of Dante and his family over the last few years. I am so sorry for your loss. He will always be remembered.
Sincerely, Dina Bianga RN, BSN

Posted by Dina Bianga    September 07, 2010

My favorite memory of Mr. Chinni was talking to him about the band Genesis. It was a favorite of mine as well as his son's. We would share updates on the band. He was a favorite teacher of mine.

Posted by Janice Baczkowski    September 07, 2010

I have had but a few teachers that have touched me the way Mr. Chinni did. His approach to teaching showed that it was more than just a job to him. I believe that Dante cared for every child that walked though the doors of that school.
Early Civilations was one of the classes I had him for as a freshmen, Government as a senior. To this day I can remember his joyous lectures and individual touch for all my classmates.
100% on my final for government, "Only perfect score I've handed out" he said.......don't know if that is true, but my chest sticks out a little more still.
My condolances to the Family of Dante Chinni...
Wonderful man, outstanding teacher, Unforgettable in character

Posted by Ron Nelson    September 07, 2010

To the dear family of my teacher,

Mr. Chinni was a fantastic teacher. I remember more about him from his class than any factoid of history. He made real connections with his students; he make us feel good and that we mattered. Being a teacher now myself, I use some of his mannerisms when I teach...his reference to two fictional characters (Algae (sp?) and Lulu), his way of collecting papers (stuffing them in his pockets) and allowing students to have time at the end of class to "chit-chat". Please know that he will be remembered for years to come by myself and my own students.

I am truly sorry for your loss,
Frank Nosal

Posted by Frank, Nosal    September 07, 2010

Mr. Chinni was one of my favorite teachers; he was one of my inspiration to become a teacher myself. My condolences to his family.

Posted by Joseph Arfre    September 06, 2010

Always will remember looking in on his classes and seeing the chalk board all marked up. If you hadn't sat in class from the beginning you wouldn't have a clue what it was about.

Also will remember Dan heading up the "Philosophy Club" at Cleme's Bar. Dan always drank Blatz.

He was a great teacher, but better yet he was a good man, who always made us laugh with his unique personality.

Posted by BOB WEINGARTZ    September 06, 2010

Loved him as a student!! As a colleague one of the kindest and cheeriest souls. My sincere condolences.

Posted by Linda Mijal    September 06, 2010

Dan was one of a kind............I am sure he would call his life well- lived, and he was well- loved..............My sympathy to your family.
Kathy CL teacher '73-'06 retired

Posted by Katherine Harris    September 06, 2010