Joseph Frank Tucci

July 3, 2013
Joseph Frank Tucci

Joseph Frank Tucci

Classmate Liz Tucci’s father just passed away:

 

Joseph Frank Tucci joined the love of his life, Lucille, in Heaven at the age of 88 on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at Ramsey Village Retirement Community in Des Moines after a brief illness with congestive heart failure.

Joe was born on July 8, 1924 in Crucoli, Italy to Dominic and Elisabeth (Scaglione) Tucci. After serving in the Italian Navy, at the age of 24 he left his homeland in southern Italy for the USA with hopes and dreams for a bright future. 

As his ship made the way into the New York Harbor, his first glimpse of America was the Statue of Liberty. Through the golden doors of Ellis Island to the railroad ticket office he was on his journey of reuniting with his father in Des Moines, IA. Within a few short weeks he met a beautiful Italian girl, Lucille Amadeo, who taught him English and won his love forever. 

On May 1, 1949 they were joined in marriage and were blessed with four children. His career was spent working as an iron artist at Lorenzano Ornamental Iron, a fusion welder at Solar Aircraft and as a master welder at Massey-Ferguson. In addition, he owned a bar in Carlisle, Ia – Joe’s Lounge and offered his mixology expertise to his friends at Club 2000. He was a hard worker sometimes working four jobs simultaneously to “live his American dream”. 

Joe was always whistling snappy Italian songs while working on a project in his garage. He loved making dollhouses for his wife and granddaughters, Christmas reindeer for his family, birdhouses, furniture and many other wood working projects. He had hundreds of tools that he loved to put to work standing at his beloved workbench. Visitors were always certain to find him crafting something new as he waved them up the driveway. 

He never met a stranger for lonG, he became good friends with everyone he met. No matter what store, or where he traveled he had a handshake and a smile for a good buddy. Above all he loved spending time with his family telling stories of his younger days as an immigrant. 

Joe was a proud Italian who cherished his heritage. He passed that Italian pride to his children, giving them a life that he had dreamed about as a young boy; a better life, in the land of opportunity the USA.

He was a member of Saint Anthony Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the Stemma D’Italia Lodge (Society of Italian Americans), and a TRW Union Member.

Joe will be greatly missed by his dedicated and loving children, Dominic (Laura) Tucci, Dorothy (Mitchell) Parker, Elisabeth (Dr. John) Calisesi of Fort Dodge, and Jomarie Tucci; his six wonderful grandchildren, Jodi (Adam) Park, Ryan Tucci, Blake and Alivia Parker, Dr. Carrie Jo (Dr. Brady) Pearson, and Liza Marie Calisesi; two great-grandsons Noah Bergmann and Corbin Park; sister Gina (Russ) Waters. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Tucci; parents and two sisters Concetta Gallardo and Mary Lenhart.

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 8 p.m.; Rosary begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Saint Anthony Catholic Church, 15 Indianola Ave. followed by burial at Glendale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to the family. 

The family thanks the many Angels at Ramsey Village for their love and care throughout the past two years…especially Kolleen, Rebecca, Kelly, Marty, Tammy, Mallory, Samir and Lesly. To our friends and family your devotion made his journey more comforting. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/desmoinesregister/obituary.aspx?n=joseph-frank-tucci&pid=165633176&fhid=17489

Thomas J. Ritchison

June 11, 2013
Thomas J. Ritchison

Thomas J. Ritchison

Thomas Ritchison, 56, died Sunday, July 17, 2011. Private services are planned. Thomas is survived by his son, Justin Ritchison; daughter, Aleisha Shultz; granddaughter, Isabella Shultz; sisters, Mary Porter, Robyn Patterson, Phyllis Fitzpatrick and fiancé, Lori Evans.

http://www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com

Debra Abbot Morgan

June 9, 2013

Classmate Debra Abbot Morgan passed away October 29, 2010. She was a resident of Corydon, IA.

David H. Kline

June 9, 2013
David H. Kline

David H. Kline

Classmate Dave Kline passed away in 2011. His obituary:

David H. Kline died Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at Broadlawns Medical Center. David was born November 12, 1954, to Claude and Rita Kline. He was a lifelong resident of Des Moines. David previously worked for the State of Iowa and the United States Postal Service.

David was an avid sports fan (especially for the Green Bay Packers) and rock-n-roll trivia expert. He was a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

David is survived by his sisters, Rebecca (Randy) Liggett of Waukee, Michele (Steve) Swackhammer of Cumming; brothers, Thomas (Rosemary) Kline of Des Moines, Stephen of Des Moines and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Paul.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 18 from 4 to 7 p.m., with a Rosary to begin at 6 p.m., at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street. A funeral mass will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 10 a.m. Monday, September 19, with burial to follow at Glendale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony’s Grotto.

Online condolences may be made to:
http://www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com

Lost Classmates

February 7, 2013

Lost

The Yellow Mailers went out this week to all known members of the Class of 1973.  However,  a few have decamped to an Undisclosed Location.  If you know the whereabouts of any of the Missing below, please rat them out to me forthwith.  If you have not received a Yellow Mailer, please turn yourself in immediately, emailing me your contact info – email, mailing address, phone numbers, hat size, shoe size, favorite color, everything.  We need to know it all:

 

SUE E CARNEY ACHEY

NANCY AKERS

JUNE ANDERSON ANDERSON

CHARLES BACKSTROM

ERIC BAHL

DENNIS BAKER

BARB BAKER

ROSE AMODEO BARATTA

CHERYL PUTZ  BARNES

KATHLEEN  BATTIN

KIM BEATTY

MARY BENGFORD

MICHAEL BROOKS

RANDALL BROWN

GREG BROWN

DEB NICHOLSON BROWN

TIMOTHY BURGESS

MICHAEL BURKE

BEVERLY CARROLL

VALERIE  CERETTI

DONNA JONES CHRISINGER

SHERI CINCH

ROBERT CONN

ROBERT CONNER

THERESA SLAGLE CONSTABLE

NANCY K STEPHENS COOK

MICHAEL  CUMMINS

CONNIE DAMERVILLE

CHERYL DEYOUNG

BOB ELLIS

MARTIN ENSLOW

ROBERT EVANS

EVA FAITH

MELODY  FEATHERS

AMENDA FITCH

LEANNE FOREMAN

HOWELL L FORMAN

KENNETH  FOUST

DEAN FRAIZER

SUSAN GABBERT

TERRI EVANS GABRIEL

BRENDA GAUMER

DEB GEORNT

DIANA GOMEZ

THERESA JOSE GREGORY

CHRISTY J HANSEN GUAY

CARL HANNON

KRISTIN HANSON

JEFF C HARVEY

SHEILAH HAUGH

TERRI HAYMAN HAWTHORNE

STEVEN HERRINGTON

CRAIG HINES

SONDRA RYAN HOCHSTETLER

COLLEEN HOLLINRAKE

TERRY HOWARD

LINDA ROGERS HURD

JAY JANIS

DIANA L  JARSHAW

JEAN JIEDT

JENNIFER JOYCE

JACK L KAUZLARICH

DEBRA LEWIS KIMBALL

GAIL KNIGHT

CATHY FEDRO LIGOURI

FERN LLOYD

PAMELA CONTRI MANFRE

MIKE MARVIN

TOM MC DONALD

DAVE MCDONALD

CONNIE MERRIFIELD

BOB MONACO

DEBRA ABBOTT MORGAN

CRAIG MUNYON

TIM NEVINS

JOE OATTS

NANCY OLSON

BECKY CLARK POINDEXTER

NANCY ANDERSON POLANSKY

GLENDA POTTS

ANN  PRIESTER

CAROL PUMPHREY

STEPHEN RASMUSSEN

DAVID REESER

JACQUELINE RHOADS

VICKIE RIEHM

TOM RITCHISON

GINA ROSS

VICKIE ROWE

JUDITH A RUSSELL

NICHOLAS RUSSO

JANET GILLUM SCHWARTZ

ALICIA A URIAS SCHWERDTFEGER

DAN C SCOTT

DEANNA  SCOVEL

RUSSELL SHIVES

WENDELL E SINGLETON

PATRICIA URIAS STALH

MELODY DENNIS TANNER

CHERYL L CLARK TEPLY

MIKE  TIMMONS

DEBRA TOOMER

CONNIE JOHNSON TURNER

SUSAN TURNER

THERESA VALDEZ

KAREN B WITYK VOSS

MARSHA MOON WERTCH

MARY E BERNARD WILLIAMS

ANDREW T WOLDER

DENNIS WOODS

MARK WYATT

The Reunion

January 7, 2013

We will have a reunion come fall of this year during Lincoln Homecoming.  Lincoln picks the date for homecoming about this time of year, so we should know soon.  My guess is that it will be sometime around the last half of September and the first half of October.  When we know for sure, we will post the date here first.

in the meantime, I’ll be sending the yellow mailers out to collect your contact info.  If you don’t see one in the mail by March, contact me.

Constance Gorsuch

March 25, 2012

Constance Gorsuch

Constance Gorsuch, classmate Craig Newton’s mother passed away:

Constance Eleanor Gorsuch was born December 2, 1921, to Alfonzo and Eleanor (Hofmann) Reynolds. She slipped into the hands of God on March 19, 2012, at Calvin Community, surrounded by family.

She was born and raised in South Des Moines where she lived most of her life. She was a proud graduate of Lincoln High School (Class of 1940), a member of Clifton Heights Presbyterian Church, retired from American Republic Insurance, and enjoyed the meals and fellowship at the Southside Senior Center before moving to Calvin Community. She had an adventurous spirit and traveled to 46 countries, (Kenya was her favorite) and all 50 states. Family was always her first priority.

Connie married William F. Newton in 1941, and they raised three sons. After being widowed, she married Max R. Gorsuch in 1971.   She is survived by sons, Bill (Sandra) Newton of Des Moines and Craig (Marilyn) Newton of Winterset; daughter-in-law, Sonna Neumeister; and brother, Dick (Phyllis) Reynolds. Also surviving are step children, Ron (Dixie) Gorsuch of Grimes, Shirley (Jim) Brick of Eagle Point, OR, Cindy Newell of Glenwood, IA, and Karen (Emory) Wheeler of Des Moines and their families. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.   Connie was preceded in death by her two husbands and her son, Steve Newton.
 There will be a visitation at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street on Sunday, March 25, from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life Service. A private family inurnment will take place at Glendale Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Activity Department at Calvin Community.
 The family would like to thank the staff at Calvin and Mercy Hospice for their gentle and loving care during her last days.
 Online condolences may be sent at: http://www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com

Abraham Lincoln High School Alumni Directory

February 12, 2012

Alumni Research, Inc., under contract with the ALHS Alumni Association, is compiling an “Abraham Lincoln High School Directory” of every graduate of Lincoln High School.  I have given them all the names of our class and their contact info, if they gave me permission to release it.  The directory will ship in August.  It costs $66.90.  However, you can get a Class of 1973 directory from me for free at the end of the year, after I incorporate the new classmates Alumni Research finds plus others.  I have 185 confirmed addresses out of 653 graduates of the Class of 1973.  That’s 28%.  There are quite a few more addresses which are probably correct, but the addressees never confirmed them.  Alumni Research has some very good resources for digging people up.

If you are in the Class of 1973 and are not sure your contact info is in our database, send it to me now at stevegregg -at- msn -dot- com.

If you want your contact info in the Lincoln High Directory, then contact Alumni Research at csr@alumniresearch.com, giving your contact info and telling them you are from the Class of 1973 and want to be included in the Des Moines, IA Abraham Lincoln High School Alumni Directory.  You can also call them at their Customer Service number at 1 (800) 325-8664 from 9:00 AM to 9:30 PM EST Monday through Thursday, or 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST Friday.   By mail, you might try the ALUMNI DIRECTORY OFFICE at 3333 US Hwy 19, Ste 3, Holiday, FL  34691.

James Foster

January 31, 2012

James Foster

Classmate Jim Foster passed away in Sioux City:

Jim Foster, 56, formally of Des Moines, IA passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at his residence after a four month battle with pancreatic cancer.   Funereal services were held on Saturday, January 28, 2012 in Sioux City.

 Jim was a 1973 graduate of Lincoln High school and son of Richard (Dick) and Virginia Foster.    He was married to Karen Little for 36 years and were blessed with four children and twelve grandchildren.   Jim is also survived by his siblings; Ken Foster (Jenella) Norwalk, Mary Kruger (Mike) Euless Texas, Nancy Roth Des Moines, and Bill Foster (Jennifer) Norwalk.

Published in Des Moines Register on January 31, 2012

Bob Snover says:

Just to let you know, Jim Foster, a fellow graduate of ours, passed away January 24 in Sioux City Iowa from pancreatic cancer. Services were in Sioux City on the 28th. He was married to Karen for over 30 years and had 4 children and 12 grandchildren. I dont know if you new Jim or his parents but his dad was very involved in Lincoln sports. I know up to just a few years ago he was still supporting the sports. Jim was big into baseball in his youth and his dad coached and supported him all through life. Jim and his dad touched many students in Des Moines and Sioux City. What a great life and big loss for life.

Christmas Party

November 30, 2011

Loretta J. Rizzuti invites you to a Class of 1973 Christmas party at the Park Avenue Pub on December 30 at 7 PM to whenever.