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:

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, 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.

Mary Russo Fresco

November 19, 2011

Mary Russo Fresco

Classmate Debbie Fresco Leech’s mom passed away yesterday:

Mary Fresco, 83, died Friday, November 18, 2011 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.  A funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 21, 2011 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with burial following at Glendale Cemetery.  A visitation will be Sunday, November 20, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. with a rosary service at 7 p.m. at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street.

Mary was born August 9, 1928 to John and Angeline Russo.  She was a homemaker and in recent years became involved in thoroughbred horse racing and owned horses that ran at Prairie Meadows.  She loved to travel and wintered the past 30+ years in Florida.  Mary was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the Build Lincoln Higher Club.

 Mary is survived by her husband of 63 years, Dante; daughters, Debora (Kerry) Leech, Susan Paterson; grandsons, Brian (fiancé Melissa) Paterson and Dante Paterson.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, John Russo.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Lucille Tucci

November 3, 2011

Lucille Tucci

Classmate Liz Tucci Calisesi reports in with sad news:

Just to let you know that my mom, Lucille, called Mrs. Tucci or Mama Tucci by some of you……. passed away yesterday morning at the age of 86 at the Kavanaugh Hospice House. Please remember the fond memories that we shared on good ole Thornton. If you were one of the lucky ones, you stopped by our house just in time for one of my mom’s home-baked cookies, we always had great aromas coming from our house!

Hope to see all of you at a get-together or reunion soon,


(you may pass this on to someone who would like to know and that I did not have an e-mail for, services will be at Hamilton’s Southtown)

 Lucille Tucci

Lucille (Amadeo) Tucci joined the Angels in Heaven at the age of 86 on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at the Kavanagh House in Des Moines after a long struggle with congestive heart failure.

Lucille was born on December 14, 1924, in Des Moines to Leonard and Dorothy “Fortunata” (Leo) Amadeo. She was a lifelong resident of the Des Moines area. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1943. After high school she worked at Fargo Grocery store and the Rollins Hosiery Mill during World War II. Lucille met a young, Italian immigrant Joseph Tucci and taught him to speak English. Lucille married the love of her life, Joseph Tucci on May 1, 1949, and was blessed with four children.

A puzzle was always in progress in her home. She loved jumbles, crossword puzzles, jig saw puzzles, and sending daily greeting cards. She babysat in her home for many years and kept in contact with many of the children into their adulthood. As a first generation child of immigrants, she had wonderful Italian recipes that she loved to cook and bake. Her home was always filled with the aroma of spaghetti sauce, meatballs, fried peppers,  homemade breads and cookies. Visitors to her home were always treated to one of her Italian specialties.  Above all she loved spending time with her family and made every day special. She was an amazing Mother, always putting her children first, dressing up for Halloween, making lunches with handwritten notes, baking daily, teaching her kids to ride a bike, and being their biggest fan.  Lucille especially loved the holidays and created many holiday traditions that will be carried on in her memory.

Lucille was a devout Catholic, praying the rosary several times daily. She was a life long member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, the Altar and Rosary Society, a Blue Bird Den Mother, and was an avid award winning Southridge Mall walker.

Lucille will be missed greatly by her loving husband of 62 years, Joseph; her dedicated children, Dominic (Laura) Tucci, Dorothy (Mitchell) Parker, Elisabeth (Dr. John) Calisesi of Ft. Dodge and Jomarie Tucci; her six wonderful grandchildren, Jodi (Adam) Park, Ryan Tucci, Blake and Alivia Parker, Dr. Carrie Jo (Dr.Brady) Pearson and Liza Marie Calisesi; and one great-grandson, Noah Bergmann; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Rosie; brothers, Charlie, Tony, Sam, Jim, Don, Frank and five infant siblings.

A visitation/rosary will be held Monday, November 7th at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home.  Visitation will be from 4-7pm; Rosary begins at 7pm.  A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, November 8th at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church.  Funeral services begin at 10:30am with burial at Glendale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to the family. The family thanks Dr. Thomas Peacock, Dr. Carol Horner and the many Angels at the Kavanagh House for their care and kindness throughout her illness.  To friends and family your calls, visits and support have made this journey more comforting.

David H. Kline

November 2, 2011

David H. Kline

Classmate David H. Kline passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2011.  His obituary at Hamilton Funeral Home:

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

Douglas James White

July 23, 2011

Douglas White

Douglas James White, the brother of classmate Mary Ellen White Tripp, passed away a month ago in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.  From the Des Moines Register:

Douglas James White
Highland Ranch, CO

Douglas James White, 59,  passed away peacefully at home on June 23, 2011.  Doug was born and  raised in Des Moines, where he was a 1970 graduate of Lincoln High School.  He moved to Colorado 26 years ago and was a salesman for the L.L.  Johnson Co.  Doug is survived by his wife, Peggy; and daughters, Jenny  (Josh) Cervantes, Sheana Sadler (Justin Rodgers) and Lindsey Sadler; son, Doug (Emmalyn) White; grandchildren, Jade and Dillon White, and Michael and Connor  Cervantes, all of Highlands Ranch; brother, Greg (Carol) White of Cumming, IA;   and sister, Mary Ellen (Don) Tripp of Des Moines.  Doug was preceded in  death by his parents, Glenn and Marjorie (Millar) White.

Doug loved, made  and gave music to all who knew him.  Our souls are soothed by the memory  of his music.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sarcoma Research or  Caring Bridge.

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.