2 Tootsie Roll Employees Die Of COVID-19

Mike Krauser
May 28, 2020 - 8:21 am

    CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Two employees at the Tootsie Roll manufacturing plant on Chicago’s Southwest Side have died of complications from COVID-19, weeks after the company said 18 had been infected.

    One was Cosme Tenorio, a 62-year-old maintenance worker at the plant, where he worked for 43 years. He died Tuesday at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn.

    His wife, Maria Tenorio, told the Sun-Times his recent duties included posting signs and marking spots on the floor in an employee lunchroom to encourage social distancing. He planned to retire this summer and move back to his hometown in Mexico. Tenorio lived in Oak Lawn and loved spending time with family, including his five children and 11 grandchildren.

    The second to die was 75-year-old Angel Butron, who worked at the Tootsie Roll plant for 50 years. He died Saturday at AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center LaGrange.

    “He had an American dream, and he did accomplish that and more,” said his daughter-in-law, Valerie.

    Butron was especially proud of his children - one is a a nurse practitioner and an assistant clinical professor at DePaul University and two are educators.

    He came to the United States from Mexico in 1969.

    A Tootsie Roll spokesman said in an email: “We are deeply saddened that two of our employees have passed away recently after contracting COVID-19, and we offer our sincere condolences to all those touched by this loss. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our employees and communities. We are continuing to follow guidance from federal, state and local health authorities to do all we can to help keep everyone healthy during this difficult time.”