Dominic Natale Rizzuti, Sr

March 24, 2011

Dominic Natale Rizutti, Sr

Loretta Rizzuti tells us the sad news that her father, Dominic Rizzuti, 90, passed away this morning, Thursday, March 24, 2011.  From the Des Moines Register:

Dominic Natale Rizzuti, Sr. 90, passed away March 24, 2011. Dominic was born December 22, 1920 in Terravechia, Italy . He was the son of Luigi and Catherine Rizzuti. He immigrated to the United States in 1938. He graduated from St. Anthony’s grade school. June 1, 1952, he married the love of his life, Kay DeCarlo, and from their union 6 beautiful children were born.

In April of 1951, Dominic opened the doors of Artistic Ornamental Iron Works. Dominic and his brother Sam worked together for many years, providing handmade rails for Des Moines and surrounding area residents. In 1996 Dominic and Sam proudly represented the state of Iowa in Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian’s Sesquicentennial Conference as well as Iowa’s Folklife Conference displaying their craft. This was a highlight for Dominic, known by his business colleagues and friends as the “Iron Man” he retired in 2008, and the business today is proudly owned by his three sons.

Dominic is survived by his wife, Kay of 58 years. His children, Kathy (Dave) Gimer, of Iowa Falls, Loretta Rizzuti of Des Moines, Louis (Jackie) of Norwalk, Dominic Jr. of Des Moines, Rocco (Melissa) of Panora and Regina(Keith) Honke of Atlantic, Ia. 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His brother, Sam (June) Rizzuti of Des Moines. Nieces Linda (Mark) Hagen of Napierville, IL, Pam (Jeff) Baker of West Des Moines, Lisa (Robert) Eads of Richardson, TX and nephew Sam Rizzuti of Urbandale.

Dominic truly enjoyed his family, friends and work. He was devoted to the success of everyone and everything that entered his life. He loved having family dinners, picnics, watching his grandchildren during their dance recitals, and their many sports activities. Dominic loved to dance with his wife, Kay remembers just this morning that is was like dancing in a dream. Dominic loved traveling which included cruises, trips to Italy and family vacations.

Dominic was a proud member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, American Legion and the Society of Italian Americans allowing Dominic to be active throughout his Italian-American community and hold his heritage close to his heart. Dominic told many stories of his years in Italy as a young boy and about immigrating to America. He was very proud of the obstacles that the Italian immigrants over came while carving their American Dream: a family that loved and adored him, a business that defined him, and friends that respected him. When Dominic spoke you could not help but listen.

His strong proud American voice and charismatic Italian accent.

A funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2011 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with burial following at Glendale Cemetery. A visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. with a rosary at 6 p.m. at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Des Moines.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church or Ramsey Village.

Published in Des Moines Register on March 26, 2011

Madame Bevington

January 4, 2011

Erna Bevington

Madame Bevington, longtime French teacher and one of the most memorable characters of Lincoln High, has passed away at 97 years of age. 

Erna Christine Bevington was born March 19, 1913 in Grant Township near Clear Lake, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at Dunn’s Chapel, with a private burial in Clear Lake, Iowa. She attended Clear lake public schools, Mason City Junior College, and received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the State University of Iowa, with graduate work at Grenoble, France, Drake University, Coe College, and Iowa State University. In 1978, she retired as the head of the foreign language department at Lincoln High School after 19 years of teaching.

Over the years, she taught journalism, Latin, dramatics, as well as French and English. She especially loved teaching teenagers, When she was not teaching or being a full time mother busy with her son’s sports activities, she utilized her other skills such as working as a clerk/stenographer for the U.S. government during World War II.

She married Bruce Bevington in 1942. They had one adopted son, Bruce.

After retiring, she travelled extensively all across the world. She did volunteer work for the Red Cross as well as helped with the Festival of Trees for many years.

She was a member of the Wakonda Christian Church, Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Kappa Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, Quill and Scroll, Des Moines Mutual Duplicate Bridge Club, Retired Teachers Association, as well as many other educational and professional associations. She was active in many groups holding numerous offices of responsibility.

Loving all animals, she was especially fond of dogs, the Animal Rescue League being one of her favorite of the many charities she contributed to.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Peter and Anna Hansen, James Peter Hansen; her brother; and her son, Bruce. She is survived by her grandchildren, Mary (John) Ralls of Martensdale; Dawn (Gaylyn) Brown of Spring Hill, FL, and Christopher Bruce Bevington of Albany, GA.; as well as seven great-grandchildren; two nephews; one niece, and one cousin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to any charity of the donor’s choice; to Wakonda Christian Church, or to Wesley Acres Good Samaritan Fund.

Lincoln ’73 Facebook Page

December 28, 2010

I’ve created a page in Facebook for the “Des Moines Lincoln High Class of 1973“.  Click on the link and join the class.

Hollis Henry

December 28, 2010

Hollis Henry

Classmate Shelly Henry’s father, Hollis Henry, passed away December 23, 2010. His obituary:

Hollis Henry, 89, passed away on December 23, 2010 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.

Mr. Henry was born on May 14, 1921 in Lucas County to Horace and Cleo (Manley) Henry. He was a tanker truck driver and retired at age 72.

He is survived by his daughters, Marcia Henry of Des Moines, Rochelle Henry of Ankeny, and Joyce (Tim) Peterson of Fishers, IN; sister, Harriette Kinsey of Chariton; grandchildren, Tyler Peterson of Apopka, FL and Matthew Peterson of Chicago, IL; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Doris of 66 years in March of 2010.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 28 at Brooks South Town Funeral Chapel (7601 Fleur Dr., Des Moines). Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until service time. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens.


Your Contact Info

December 28, 2010

If your contact information has changed since the last time you filled out a yellow mailer, please enter your updated info here.  If you have never filled out a yellow mailer, enter your contact info here.

William Baker

December 28, 2010

William Baker

William Baker was the husband of classmate Judi Houghtaling Baker. His obituary from the Des Moines Register:

William Dean “Bill” Baker, 58, died Friday, December 24, 2010, at his home. His body has been cremated. A Memorial Service is Thursday, December 30, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Community Church in Boone. Friends may call at the Church on Wednesday, December 29, 2010, from 5 to 7 p.m. A lunch will follow the Memorial Service .

Bill was born December 8, 1952, to Raymond E. and Ethel (Points) Baker in Des Moines. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1971 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in both Marketing and Management from Northwest Missouri State University in 1977. On June 28, 1975, Bill married Judi Houghtaling in Des Moines. Before moving to Boone in 1993, the couple lived in Des Moines and Lamoni. Bill was employed in sales, purchasing and management in the plumbing, HVAC, and hydronics heating and cooling industries for 30 years. He was currently employed with Allied Systems Inc. of Des Moines as a salesman. Bill was a member of Grace Community Church of Boone. Bill loved God, his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors, sports, and spending time with family and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Steve, and father in-law Edgar Houghtaling. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Judi of rural Boone; his daughters Jenna (Dave) Eppert of Des Moines and Erin (Luke) Wittrock of Ames; four grandchildren: Jordan, Cali, and Madison Eppert, and Tala Wittrock; a brother, Jerry Baker of Des Moines; and mother in-law, Ruth Houghtaling of Madrid.

Memorials may be directed to the family to establish a memorial fund at a later date.

Online condolences and a guestbook are available at

Published in Des Moines Register on December 28, 2010.

You can sign the guestbook here.

Shirley Ann Van Dyke

December 2, 2010

Shirley Ann Van Dyke

Classmate Lise Mahnke’s mother passed away last month:

Shirley Ann Van Dyke of Des Moines, 82, passed away in Peoria, Arizona on November 12 after a brief illness.

Shirley was born in Des Moines on May 10, 1928 to Ted C. and Edith Henderson. She graduated from North High School and completed an associate’s degree at Stephens College in Fashion Design. Shirley worked briefly as a Buyer for Younkers.

Shirley was an active member of PEO Chapter GA and the Peoria Desert Dancers, where she was a devoted tap dancer. She was a past member of the National TTT Society and PTA President at Jefferson Elementary.

For 36 years Shirley proudly volunteered as a Methodist Blank Hospital Guild member with over 4000 hours of service including the Festival of Trees and Lights. Shirley was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She and her husband have been long-time members of the Wakonda Club.

Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who cherished her family and many friends.
Shirley is survived by her husband of forty-seven years, Lester, of Des Moines and Peoria; her children: John Mahnke of New York City, Lise Mahnke (Mary) of Denver, Colorado, Eric Mahnke (Paula) of Carlisle, Iowa, and Amy Mahnke of St. Paul, Minnesota; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and her brother, Stacy R. Henderson of Des Moines.

Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, December 4 at McLaren’s Funeral Chapel, 801 19th Street, West Des Moines.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blank Hospital, Festival of Trees and Lights, 1440 Ingersoll, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Lincoln Alumni Association

November 21, 2010

Beth (Baker) Albright ’83, from the Lincoln Alumni Association:

Happy Thanksgiving to our Lincoln Alumni and your families! Every 4 years we have a Homecoming parade and this was “the year”. Check out the parade photos on our website A big thank you to the organizers and participants!

Back by popular demand, we’re having a commemorative brick special. The bricks (one of our scholarship fundraisers) normally sell for $85 but we’re offering them for $75 during the holiday season. They make a great holiday gift! Once engraved, they are placed outside the front entrance of Lincoln. See our website for the brick order form. If you’d like to pay through paypal use the lifetime member payment button and note that it’s for a brick.

It’s also time to renew your calendar year alumni membership. We continue to keep the price of annual membersips at $10 and $75 for lifetime memberships (65+ yrs old). You can purchase your membership through Paypal on our website. If you prefer to mail in your payment, print the form on the site and follow the instructions included. If you need assistance with this, reply to this email. We’re also working to update our alumni database. Since privacy rules were inacted, it’s been difficult to get information for the more recent class graduates. Do you have friends or relatives that graduated from Lincoln? We’d love to get current addresses, married names and email addresses on our graduates. You can forward this message to your family and friends so that they can submit their info. Our focus is with classes from 2000 to current. The names on our database are only shared (with permission) with class reunion committees. Thank you for your support of the Lincoln Alumni Association! I hope you and yours have a happy and safe holiday season!

Beth (Baker) Albright ’83, justagall -at- mchsi -dot- com

Christmas Party

November 21, 2010

Loretta Rizzuti cordially invites the Lincoln Class of 1973 to a Christmas party at 7 PM on Sunday, December 26, 2010 at the Park Avenue Pub, the unofficial headquarters of the class.  I recommend the Italian sausage sandwich.

Aging Advocates

November 6, 2010

Jill Hoffman offers some advice in dealing with aging parents:

That we have someone (maybe more but unaware) in our Class who could help you with questions and concerns regarding your aging parents, aunts, uncles, and family and friends.  Many years ago, I called Mary Smith Bertogli to get some information to help me through a situation with my then 80 year old Mother.  She was quick to drop off information that was so helpful to me.  Since that time, Mary has her own business with another owner Nurse friend of hers.  Together they started Aging Advocates located in the Park Fair Mall next to the Senior Center on the lower level.  Mary has been a “God Send” to me.  Not only has Mary been a friend in the last 20 plus years but also she has been a “Social Worker”, “Case Manager” and a person you may need in your life.
Mary comes from an “Irish” background and has even offered to cry on demand (all you Irish will know what I’m talking about) for me.  I have called her many, many times and certainly have never felt I was being a “pest”.  She is a bright spot in our family!  There is no need for Mary to solicit your business; she has way more than she ever thought being two years into this venture.  Previously she was with Aging Resources (this is where I found her during one of reunions).  She did some pioneering work for Visiting Nurses Services helping them get their program off the ground.  Mary knows her stuff!  She’s quick to act if need be and really helped me through some of the most trying times of my life.
I just wanted you to be aware of Mary Smith Bertogli in case you don’t know where to turn.  My personal situation with Mom has improved since Mary has been involved in our lives.  Mom felt so good about everything after Mary did an intake for us.  Mom was running out of money; and, I certainly did not have the resources to meet her needs for the long haul.  We were unaware that some of the services Mom needed were available to her through the “Elderly Waiver”.  Your family members can keep their house, car, etc. but cannot have a huge money income.  My Dad has been dead 24 years and was a Foreman with Younkers in the Furniture Warehouse which is now the Brown Camp housing facility by the formerly Sec Taylor aka Principal Park….I  personally don’t understand renaming these facilities in Des Moines it’s so confusing to me.  Mom’s money from Dad’s profit sharing was running out.  She didn’t have much money left in savings.  There is an income guideline that Mary could address for you.  Even if you don’t need a waiver program (which also qualifies the individual for Title 19. 

Mom really had to think on all of this–she didn’t want “charity or welfare”.  We needed household help–me being the only child–I’m worn to a frazzle!  I needed the support, I needed help meeting Mom’s needs, and I was willing to do anything to get it!  Mom thought about it for a few days and said yes let’s go with it.  This required to dispose of the $8,000.00 in her savings account.  Which didn’t take very long to do at all.  Mom needed a new roof, furnace and a few minor things for the house.  We exhausted her savings and applied for the Elderly Waiver with Mary’s help.  Mom qualified and has been getting the Elderly Waiver for a few years now.  She is 92 years young.  Is very thankful; otherwise she was at a loss as to know where to turn.
If this sounds interesting to you for someone in their senior years that you’re trying to help, give Mary a call–she’ll get you on the right road.  Maybe you just have questions–Mary is an excellent source for you to use with no strings attached.  Mary’s office number is (515) 244-3070.  You can email her at agingadvocatesmb -at- aol -dot- com.   Hope this helps someone out there.  You don’t need to be in a loss of money situation; you can also go the route we first went which is “private pay”. 
Thanks for taking the time to read this; you never know who may have a need in the future.
Jill Hoffman

PS. Aging Advocates has a website at:  Aging Advocates Case Management Services


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