July 28, 2013


Our reunion organizers, Cyndi Dunston Barber & Deb Swanson Dresback, have canvassed the south side hotels closest to the reunion sites and have compiled this information to help classmates coming in from out of town find a place to stay:



Across Fleur from Echo Valley Country Club


Fairfield Inn & Suites

6880 Fleur Drive

(515) 309-4444 or,

Hot Continental Breakfast

$119 – $139 (hotel filling quickly)


DoubleTree by Hilton

6800 Fleur Drive

(515) 285-7777

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse Restaurant and bar, Indoor/Outdoor pool, complimentary Airport Shuttle

Queen $149, King $159.


Within Walking distance to Perkins, Hy-Vee, Dahls, Taco Johns, Subway, Fleur Movie Cinema, Walgreens, etc.


Motel 6

4817 Fleur Drive

( 515) 287-6364

Coffee 6-10am, 1 person $39.99 + tax, 2 person $45.99 + tax


Days Inn & Suites

1901 Hackley Ave, (off Fleur)

(515) 256-0603

Continental Breakfast 4:30-10:00am, Indoor pool,

2 Queens for 2 people $99.95, 1 King for 2 people $89.95


AmericInn Hotel & Suites

1920 Hackley Ave, (off Fleur)

(5150 285-5180

Hot Continental Breakfast 6-10am, Indoor pool

2 Queen or King $99.99


Quality Inn & Suites

5231 Fleur Drive

(515) 287-3434

Hot continental Breakfast 7-10am, indoor pool/Jacuzzi,

2 Queen $99.99, 1 King $94.99 (as of 6/23/2013 5 kings left and 14 Queens left for Sept 20/21)


Fleur and Army Post Road


Magnuson Hotel Des Moines Airport

1810 Army Post Road

(515) 287-6464

Shuttle Service available, Pool, Hot Continental Breakfast 6-9:30am, Bennigan’s attached ($5 Lunches),

$99.99 + tax.


Hotels SOLD OUT Sept 20/21 (Track and Field event that weekend)


Hampton Inn,

5001 Fleur Drive


Holiday Inn

6111 Fleur Drive

(515) 287-2400, 800-248-4013,, pool/hot tub/game room

Sold out on Sept 20th, lots of rooms for Sept 21st

$134 + tax


Steve Herrington

July 27, 2013

Steve-Herrington-1973 copy

Some sad news from Teresa Sorenson about her brother, Steve Herrington:

My brother Steve was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2011. He retired from AAA in St. Louis in 2010 where he was a Manager of the Database Administers and Web services. Unfortunately his Alzheimer’s was undiagnosed while working and AAA forced him to take retirement at 56 due to being unable to preform his job responsibilities.

In May of 2011 I moved him to my home in the Denver, Co area. In May 2012 we had to move him to Claire Bridge an Alzheimer’s memory care facility due to his declining abilities. He has been there for a year and has adjusted well. He still has many long term memories of his childhood. He remembers his friend from high school named Perry. Not sure of the last name or if he was in this class.

I’ll keep this link and show him the photos and the video of the reunion.

It is sad as he took very good care of himself. Steve has a master degree in Computer Science. He ran marathons and loved to play golf. He traveled a lot and had a vacation home in Destin Florida where he planned to retire. I never thought he would end up in a care facility at this time in his life.

I take care of his mail so anything can be sent to him at my address. Steve is at my house usually every Saturday.

If you would like to write to Steve, maybe send him some photos, email me for Teresa’s mailing address.

Who Has Sent Their Check For The Reunion?

July 21, 2013


The reunion announcements have been mailed to about 470+ members of the Lincoln Class of 1973 and the reunion checks have immediately begun arriving. We have awoken the sleeping giant of the Class of 1973 and filled it with a terrific resolve to make this the biggest, bestest reunioniest reunion ever. It’s not just a reunion, it’s an adventure. Join us now! Send that check today!

Here is the list of folks who have paid up as of Monday, September 5, 2013:

1.    Terry Adair

2.    Tom Comiskey

3.     Roger Jorgenson

4      Debbie Jorgenson

5.     Sherry Gamble-Cooper

6.     Marion Riggs Gelb

7.     Anna Stallard

8.     Daniel Barfield

9.     Linda Barfield

10.   Steve Gregg

11.   Renee Myers Chiaramonte

12.   Jerry Chiaramonte

13.   Kathy Zenor McGarvey

14.   Curtis Lewis

15.   Connie (Drew) Hiatt

16.   Connie Carroll

17.   Frank Hoifeldt

18.   John Oatts

19.   Sandra Oatts

20.   Timothy Stanley

21.   Brian Evans

22.   Karen Evans

23.   Doug Ashbaugh

24.   Shelly Devine

25.  Susan Augustin

26.  Cindy Weller Housman

27.  Bill Marturello

28.  Kelly Marturello

29.  Al Knight

30.  Joyce Knight

31.  Sharon Gatto

32.  Dave Gatto

33.  Elizabeth Gregg Kennedy

34.  Ken Mitchell

35.  Marvin Delmott

36.  Donald Knox

37.  Becky Tollerud

38.  Bill Roth

39.  Kathy Roth

40.  Paula Furouhari

41.  Liz Tucci Calisesi

42.  Bob Schwerzler

43.  Jodi Tedesco Schwerzler

44.  Mark Blunck

45.  Vicki Carter Landon

46.  Gayle Mitchell Fawkes

47.  Carolyne Budgell

48.  Michael Mihalovich

49.  Vince Schweiger

50.  Valerie Schweiger

51.  Danny Brown

52.  Mary Jo Franzen Bailey

53.  Cynthia Barber

54.  Jane Goddard

55.  Bill Goddard

56. Lisa Mahnke

57. Marta Blomgren Pyatt

58. Mike Boothe

59. Mark Hagen

60. Linda Rizzuti Hagen

61. Richard Cooper

62. Mary Evans Willers

63. William C. Willers

64. Larry Peterson

65. Marilyn Denny Lisbon

66. Mike Klisares

67. Steve Larson

68. Karyal McClelland Larson

69. Phil Heiser

70. Anna Matlage Heiser

71. Jeff Robbins

72. Richard Lancaster

73. Carla Yaw Spriggs

74. Pam Miller Hill

75. DeeAnne Daugherty Newcomb

76. Ronda Billings Gentosi

77. Rick Gentosi

78. Kathy Abild Holzworth

79. Michael Holzworth

80. Dave Kali and guest

81. Teresa Righi-Ryner

82. Scott Hawkins

83. Deb Swanson Dresback

84. Pam Hood

85. Jim Beardsley

86. Kimberly Beardsley

87. Clyde Zenor

88. Deb Fresco Leech

89. Scott Andrews

90. Paul Carey

91. Vicky Rasser

92. Steven Newcomb

93. David Atkin

94. Tracie McKibben Atkin

95. Jon Croft

96. Debra Anderson Croft

97. Mary Schemmel

98. Karen Wityk Voss

99. Connie Mensing

100. Ron Jean Heberlin

101. Steve Heberlin

102. Jane O’Neal Munsell & Spouse

103. Laurie Gilbert & guest

104. Larry Kenoyer

105. Peggy Kenoyer

106. Sue Hardy DenOuden

107. Ken Horner

108. John Biggs

109. Maggie Biggs

110. Micheal Daly

111. Tim Detrick

112. Rebecca Bentzinger

113. Greg Ohrt Cole

114. Mary Smith Bertogli

115. Robert Conner

116. Lisa Mahnke

117. Jackie Lewiston & guest

118. Richard Cross

119. Deena Cross

120. Carol Pumphrey Meredith

121. Joseph Cordaro

122. Cynthia Cordaro

123. Robert Pomerantz

124. Jenny Knauer Daughty

125. Kim Daughty

126. Deb McWilliams Coady

127. Marie Berardi Allen

127. Marie Berardi Allen’s Guest

128. Loretta Rizzuti

129. Debra Floyd

130. Marcia Zarley Taylor

131. Maria (Sandi) Zavalla

132. Mary Ellen White Tripp

133. PJ Reynolds Mayfield

x. Gary Garnett (Tentative)

x. Ramona Garnett (Tentative)

Lincoln ’73 Sweatshirt

July 21, 2013


Be the idol of your fellow Iowans in this Lincoln Class of 1973 sweatshirt. Perfect for those chilly Des Moines winter nights.

To order, add $20 to your reunion check and make it out to “ALHS Class of 1973.”

Specify Man or Woman and shirt size: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, XXXXL.

Send it to “Lincoln High School Class of 1973,” PO Box 65282, West Des Moines, IA 50265-0282 by August 5th, 2013.

Reunion, Sep 20-21, $40 by Aug 5

July 20, 2013

Make your check for $40 per person out to “ALHS Class of 1973.”

Send it to “Lincoln High School Class of 1973,” PO Box 65282, West Des Moines, IA 50265-0282 by August 5th, 2013.

No paying at the door. If you want to order an ALHS sweatshirt, add $20 to your check and specify Man or Woman and shirt size: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, XXXXL.



Park Avenue Pub, 1101 Park Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315
(On Park Avenue, between SW 9th St and SW 12th St)


Hutchens Metro Stadium (Behind Lincoln High), 2400 SW 12th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315


You must pay the $40 to enter this private party
Baratta’s Restaurant, (Pizza & Soft Drinks provided) 2320 S. Union Street, Des Moines, IA


    ~8:30 AM GOLF OUTING (check for exact time)

Willow Creek Golf Course, 140 Army Post Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265, (515) 285-4558
Green Fees with Cart: $45 for 18 on Red Course, $36 for 18 on White & Blue Courses,
$30 for 9 on White Course and $25 on Blue Course.
Contact Mike Boothe at before August 3, 2013


Old Country Buffet, 6059 SE 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50320


Meet at the back doors by the cafeteria. Don’t be late. They lock the doors after us.


Echo Valley Country Club, 3150 Echo Valley Drive, Norwalk, IA 50211 (Business Casual)
(You MUST MUST MUST be here at 6:45 to be included in the class photo!)


Francies, 2100 Wakonda View Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321-2338; (515) 285-5207
(Across the street from Dahl’s grocery store on Fleur Drive)


Perkins, 2000 SW McKinley Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315; (515) 285-2970
(Between Fleur & SW 14th, half mile east of Fleur Drive & McKinley Ave/NE corner of airport)

Non-Responsive Classmates

July 12, 2013

This is a list of classmates for whom I had good addresses, sent them a Yellow Mailer, but received no response. Even so, I’m pretty sure most of them are at their addresses but are Simply Too Busy to return the Yellow Mailer. Unless you’re curing cancer, there is nothing more important than the Yellow Mailer. Nothing! So, if you can confirm the mailing addresses for any of these slackers, please do so.

Mr. Michael Mike David Abbott
Ms. Kathy Ackelson
Ms. Janet Ades
Ms. Mary Lee Agans
Ms. Gail L. (Jimenez) Allen Graham
Mr. John Allison
Mr. Steven R. Amend
Mr. Douglas James Anderson
Mrs. Debra S Anderson Croft
Ms. Nancy Marie Anderson Polansky
Mr. Scott Andrews
Ms. Susan Bachellor Gabriele
Ms. Luane Baker
Ms. Linda Lee Baker Chumbley
Ms. Janice M. Baker Rodrigue
Ms. Lisa Ann Baumhover
Ms. Kristy Benoit
Ms. Rebecca Becky Jane BentzingerFOUND!
Ms. Maria I. Berardi Allen
Ms. Mary Eileen Bernard Williams
Ms. Debbie Lynn Birdsall Williams
Ms. Vivian Sue Diane Boals
Mr. Roger Paul Brierly
Mr. William Chris Chris Brookhart
Mr. Charles Curt Curtis Brookhart
Mr. Bix Robert Brooks
Mr. Gregory Greg Allen Brown
Ms. Paulette R. Bussanmas Fields
Ms. Frances C. Campos Anderson
Ms. Melody A. Campos Villalobos
Mr. David Linn Carper
Mr. Gary D. Carter
Ms. Vickie Lynn Carter Landon
Mr. Ray Ceretti
Mr. Jeffrey Alan Clayton
Ms. Pamela Pam S. Close
Mr. David Alan Colbert
Ms. Janice Larue Coller Snyder
Ms. Vicki L. Collings
Ms. Susan Jane Comegys Mills
Dr. Robert Bob D Conner
Mr. Gary A. Cook
Mr. David W. Cornwell
Mr. Francis D. Coulthard
Mr. Kenneth Ken Duane Cox
Mrs. Donna Lee Crapser Speicher
Mr. Jeffrey Robert Crawford
Mr. Alan Dale Crawford
Mr. Jon Croft
Ms. Marla Lois Cross Sheffler
Ms. Tarla Sherilynne Crumb
Mr. William Bill Lee Cumings
Mr. Ronald E. Curtis
Mr. Kenneth James Dale
Ms. DeeAnne Daugherty Newcomb
Mr. Ralph Thomas Davis
Ms. Angie Davis Cumings
Mrs. Kimberly Kim Sue Davis Large
Mr. Domonick Nick Louis DeFino
Mr. Marvin Marv William Delmott
Ms. Cheryl Lynn DeYoung Krumm
Ms. Kathleen Ann Dial
Mr. Gary Dickey
Mr. Steven Steve Richard Dingman
Mr. Martin Robert Dobbins
Ms. Cynthia Cindy Ann Docken Ghalibaf
Mr. David Michael Downey
Mr. Donn Dresselhuys
Mr. Jack H. Eaton
Ms. Jacquelynne Jackie V. Egenberger Larson
Mr. Michael Mike Vincent Eginoire
Mr. Mark J. Eikenberry
Ms. Louella C. Everett Ochoa
Mr. Mike Exstrum
Ms. Renee Elaine Fields Popelka
Ms. Amenda J. Fitch
Ms. Deb FitzSimmons
Mr. Thomas Tom Angelo Fontanini
Ms. Debra Ann Fosnaugh Bacon
Ms. Nancee Ann Francois Conmelly
Ms. Fonda Arlene Frazier
Ms. Debora Deb Lynn Fresco Leech
Mrs. Margaret Maggie Viola Fridl Humphrey
Mr. Michael Mike J. Gale
Ms. Sherry L. Gamble Cooper
Mr. Jerry P. Garland
Mr. Gary G. Garnett
Ms. Brenda Gaumer
Ms. Carol V. Ghee McCoy
Mrs. Toni Lee Gilliahan Devore
Ms. Janet Gillum Schwartz
Mr. Ronald E. Gillum Jr.
Mr. Kevin M. Gracey
Mr. Frederick Fritz C Gray
Ms. Paula Greco Connett
Mr. Thomas Tom E. Griffith
Ms. Betty Jo Groves Duncan
Ms. Sandra Lee Grubb Calvert
Mr. Douglas Roy Gruver
Ms. Nancy J. Gruver Ramsey
Ms. Jeannie Maire Guzman Tiedt
Ms. Jeanette Anne Hagen Kline
Mr. Robert Eric Hammer
Mr. William Bill Hammer
Mr. Bruce Alan Hammer
Mr. Carl Gene Hannon
Ms. Suzanne L. Hardy DenOuden
Ms. Sheilah Haugh
Ms. Melinda Hawn Morath
Ms. Debra Deb M. Hayes Goerndt
Ms. Carole Heiken
Mr. Phillip Phil Lynn Heiser
Mr. David Dave P. Hibbert
Ms. Teresa Marie Hillman
Mr. Raymond Ray Charles Hines
Mr. Craig Hines
Ms. Colleen Patricia Hollinrake
Ms. Jeri Lynn Hoops Paca
Mr. Terry W. Howard
Mr. Kevin Hueholt
Mr. Roger William Humphrey
Ms. Teresa Therese D. Hunter Sojo urn
Mr. Jay Patrick Janis
Mr. Dennis Warren Johnson
Mr. Donald Francis Johnson
Ms. Susan Elizabeth Johnson Walter
Mr. Gary Chris Jones
Ms. Donna E. Jones Chrisinger
Ms. Cynthia Cindy Sue Jones Pauley
Mr. Charles Chuck Richard Jordan Jr.
Ms. Theresa Terry Ann Jose Gregory
Ms. Patricia Patty Dianne Kain Raleigh
Mr. Steven T. Kearney
Mr. David Michael Keil
Mr. Steven Ray Kennedy
Mr. David R. Kern
Ms. Carla D. King
Ms. Lisa Ann Kinsey Kirby
Mr. Delbert D. Kirschbaum
Ms. Gail Lynne Knight Coulthard
Ms. Marla Jean Knight Vanwyk
Mr. Albert LeRoy Knight Jr.
Mr. Donald Ednell Knox III
Mr. Robert C. Kroll
Mr. Roger Laffoon
Mr. Lonnie Lair
Mr. Dan Smith Laurence
Mr. Anthony R. Leo Jr.
Ms. Pamela Sue Liggett Hoffman
Mr. Thomas Tom Anthony Liston
Mr. Bradley Brad Allen Long
Mr. Joe Dennis Lucas
Mr. Danny Gene Lyons
Ms. Valerie J. Madison Huston
Ms. Lisa Ann Mahnke
Ms. Sharon Roxanne Malherek Murray
Mr. Randall Lewis Manor
Mrs. Marjorie Marji Erica Louise Manz Klingaman
Ms. MaryKay Rose Masolini Zaver
Ms. Anna Matlage Heiser
Mr. Ross Wayne Maynard
Mr. Robert Edward McConnell
Ms. Tracey Lee McCoy
Ms. Trudy K. McCoy
Ms. Teresa McFall
Mrs. Linda Flaime Lee McPherson Williams
Ms. Jeanie McReynolds
Ms. Debra Debby Lynn Meister Loffredo
Ms. Connie Sue Merrifield
Ms. Pamela Pam Jo Miller Hill
Ms. Susan Mills
Ms. Debbie Mincks
Ms. Marsha J. Moon Wertsch
Ms. Sheri R. Moon-Wulf Lightkep
Ms. Donna Rae Morano Frowick
Ms. Becky Renee Morgan Arnold
Mr. Michael Mike R. Morris
Ms. Julia Ann Mortoza Speridon
Ms. Ann Annie Denise Murphy Sears
Ms. Jane Ann Nagel Brookhart
Mr. Timothy Tim Charles Nevins
Mr. David Ray Newman
Mr. Craig Reynolds Newton
Ms. Deborah Deb Ann Nicholson Brown
Ms. Patsy Dorene Nielsen Jacobs
Mr. Jeffrey M. Niemeyer
Mr. Dan Norris
Mr. Robert Nuzum
Mr. Mark Parker
Mr. Ronald William Parr
Mr. Michael Mike Lynn Paton
Mr. Jerry Wayne Pauley
Mr. Terry Ray Pearce
Ms. Janice Louise Perrin Kniesly
Mr. Henry Edward Pieart
Mr. Glenda Kay Potts
Mr. Mark Walter Powell
Mr. Kevin Paul Prendergast
Ms. Terri Lynn Prinz Dannen
Mrs. Sherry Renee Prinz Thomas
Ms. Carol Lee Pumphrey Meredith
Ms. Debra Lucia Purdy Mincks
Mr. Peter A. Rand
Ms. Hallie Bernice Ratton Stewart
Mr. Michael David Ray
Mr. Gregory L. Reiserson
Mr. James Jim M. Rhoades
Mr. Michael Mike P Rich
Ms. Vickie Sue Riehm
Ms. Yvonne Riewer
Ms. Mary Ritchison Porter
Ms. Carmen Z. Rivera
Ms. Vickie Hoffman Robinson
Ms. Jacqueline Jackie Sue Roby Lewiston
Ms. Linda K. Rogers Hurd
Ms. Elaine Pearl Rogers Schnoebelen
Mr. Joseph Joe Kenneth Roney Jr.
Mr. Alan Dean Rooney
Ms. Diane Louise Root Dowell
Ms. Debra JoAnn Root Waldron
Ms. Gina M. Ross
Ms. Melody Ross
Ms. Louisa May Rushing Martley
Ms. Judith Ann Russell
Mr. Charles Chuck J. Russo
Ms. Victoria Dale Sanford
Ms. Sue Sawyer Villalobos
Mr. Michael William Scott
Mr. Daniel D. Sears
Ms. Karen Jo Shafer Johnson
Ms. Connie de Lorraine Shaw Mensing
Mr. Russell Russ Glen Shives
Ms. Marla A. Shurtleff
Mr. Thomas Tom Dwight Sims
Mr. Sidney Jay Six
Ms. Theresa Marie Slagle Constable
Ms. Denise Lanore Smith
Mr. Steven Smithy Larry Smith
Mr. Frank J. Smithson
Mr. John Charles Sorenson
Ms. Debbie Deb Lou Souder Carpenter
Mr. Timothy Tim Lynn Stanley
Ms. Nancy Kay Stephens Cook
Ms. Danette L. Sterrett
Mr. Michael Mike L. Steven
Ms. Vickie Ann Stodden Stumme
Ms. Jackie Lee Stroud
Mr. Franklin Frank R. Tate
Ms Carolyn Grace Tew
Mr. James Jim R. Thorup
Mr. William Bill Clarence Umphress
Mr. Dale Duane Valenti
Mr. James Jamie M. Van Nostrand
Mr. Robert A. Van Zuuk
Ms. Melody Wallace
Mr. Jeffrey Jeff S. Warford
Ms. Jane Louise Webley Heth
Mr. Luie Weikum
Mr. Marcus A. Welton
Ms. Ronda Beth Weston Yeager
Mr. William Dean White
Mr. Kenneth George Whitehead II
Mr. James Wiand
Mr. Larry D. Williams
Mr. Steven Steve Roger Willson
Ms. Becky Sue Winebrenner Jennings
Ms. Karen Barbara Wityk Voss
Mr. Dennis W. Woods
Ms. Debra Debbie Marie Woods Dickey
Ms. Wanda L. Woods Snider
Ms. Cynthia Cindy Yakovich Guare
Mr. Clyde Russell Zenor
Mrs. Kathleen Kathy Ann Zenor McGarvey

Soft Lost Classmates

July 12, 2013

These Soft Lost Classmates were in touch at one time but wandered off without a forwarding address. I’m pretty sure almost all of them are hiding out in Des Moines. If you know where any of them are, tell me.

Ms. Nancy Akers
Ms. Barbara Barb Lynn Baker
Mr. Alfred Fred Batista Campo
Ms. Beverly Bev A. Carroll Campbell
Ms. Sheri Cinch
Ms. Kathleen Kathy Ann DeFrancisco
Mr. Bob Ellis
Ms. Terri Ann Evans Gabel
Ms. Melody S. Feathers
Mr. Howell Lee Forman
Mr. Kenneth Ken Clair Foust
Mr. Dean Fraizer
Ms. Diana E. Gomez
Mr. Jeffrey Jeff Charles Harvey
Mr. Steven Herrington
Mr. Steve Hunt
Ms. Diana Louise Jarshaw
Ms. Donna Jones Chrisinger
Ms. Jennifer Joyce
Mr. Richard Dick Lankford
Fern Darlene Lloyd
Mr. Gary Ogle
Ms. Nancy Olson
Ms. Ann Priester
Ms. Cheryl Kay Putz Barnes
Mr. Dave Reeser
Mr. Nicholas F. Russo
Mrs. Rae A. Simmer Gaumer
Mr. Michael Mike W. Timmons
Ms. Debra M. Toomer
Ms. Theresa A. Valdez

Hard Lost Classmates

July 12, 2013

These 133 classmates are hard lost, meaning we have no idea what happenned to them or where they live. Please peruse this list and tell me if you know their mailing addresses. Feel free to look for them. Most of them are likely to be in Des Moines or thereabouts, because the apple usually does not fall far from the Lincoln tree. Pick up the phone book and take a look there.

Mr. Timothy Allen
Ms. Rose Mary Amodeo Baratta
Ms. June A. Anderson White
Mr. Douglas Doug E. Arrowood
Ms. Kathleen Anne Battin
Ms. Kimberly A. Beaty
Mr. Jack Dale Beeler
Mr. David Andrew Belt
Ms. Mary L. Bengford
Ms. Sheryl Ann Bennett
Ms. Linda Kay Blackburn
Ms. Bonnie L Blanchard
Mr. Michael Douglas Brooks
Mr. Randall DeWayne Brown
Ms. Kathleen M. Brown
Mr. Timothy Lyle Burgess
Mr. Michael J. Burke
Ms. Gayle Busch Wilkinson
Mr. Raymond Vern Butler
Ms. Valerie Anne Ceretti
Ms. Carol Anne Coan
Dr. Robert Eugene Conn
Ms. Pamela Pam Ann Contri
Ms. Debra Lynne Cook
Ms. Kathleen Huffman Cox
Mr. Michael Cummins
Ms. Connie Jean Damerville
Ms. Debra Lynn Davis
Ms. Melody Ann Dennis Tanner
Ms. Linda Woolsey Diekmann
Ms. Connie Marie Drew Hiatt
Mr. Robert J. Edmonds
Ms. Alyce Edwards
Ms. Dee Ann Ellwell
Mr. Martin J. Enslow
Mr. Robert Pearson Evans
Ms. Eva M. Faith
Ms. Mary Cathy Catherine Fedro Ligouri
Mr. Steve Douglas Ferguson
Ms. Leanne Foreman
Ms. Caroline Sego French
Mr. Maurice F. Gillman
Ms. Patricia J. Guizzetti
Ms. Leanne Foreman Hale
Mr. Ryuichi Hamazaki
Mr. Gary H. Hannon
Ms. Kristin Hanson
Ms. Terri Suzanne Hayman Hawthorne
Mr. Rodney E. Henson
Mr. Ronald Alan Hill
Ms. Debra Kay Holman
Ms. Dale Raymond Jackson
Ms. Brenda Jean Johnson
Mr. Michael E. Johnson
Mrs. Terry Nana Maire Johnson Gomez
Ms. Luanne Hall Judd
Ms. Pamela Sue Jury Morlan
Mr. Jack L. Kauzlarich
Ms. Lora Ann Keeney
Mr. Bruce Dean Klucking
Ms. Cheryl Krumm
Ms. Kathleen Cathy Alice Lamb
Ms. Linda Sue Lane
Ms. Denese iren Layton
Ms. Wanda L. LeBlanc
Mr. Thomas Ivan Lela
Ms. Vicky L. Lynch
Mr. Gary Madden
Ms. Danillya Marchant
Mr. Ernest Eugene Marcum
Mr. Michael Mike D. Marvin
Ms. Dee Ann Mason
Ms. Sherry Lyn Mason
Mr. David Dave J. McDonald
Mr. Tom McDonald
Ms. Debra Jo McVey
Mr. Mark Allen Metelman
Ms. Deborah Rae Miller
Ms. Sandra Kay Miller
Mr. Bob Monaco
Ms. Diana J. Money Lynn
Ms. Pamela Myers Prock
Ms. Diane Gail Nichols
Mr. Craig Lewis Noring
Ms. Leslie M Normile
Mr. Monte L. Ollin
Mr. Michael J. Phillips
Mr. Charles A. Pilk
Ms. Rebecca Poindexter
Ms. Rickie Jay Ramsey
Ms. Cathy Jo Reeves Dunn
Mr. Dennis C. Reid
Ms. Jacqueline M. Rhoads
Mr. Charles E. Rice
Ms. Karen Ann Ricelli
Ms. Jeri Lee Riley
Ms. Vicki Kay Rowe
Ms. Sarah Belle Rushing
Mr. Harold Raymond Ryan
Ms. Sondra Lee Ryan Hochstetler
Mr. Daniel Dan Clifford Scott
Ms. Margaret Ann Scott
Ms. DeAnna M. Scovel
Mr. James Charles Sembower Jr.
Ms. Phyllis Shappell
Mr. Larry Dean Simmons
Mr. Dennis Craig Skidmore
Ms. Mary Lou Smith
Ms. Betty Ann Swartz
Mr. Joseph John Sztukowski Jr
Ms Debra Taylor
Ms. Martha Naomi Thompson
Ms. Paulette Sue Thompson
Mr. Randy Lee Thompson
Mr. Stephen A. Thompson
Ms. Danillya E. Tinlin
Ms. Nancy Olson Torode
Ms Susan R. Turner
Ms. Libbie Ella Ulch
Ms. Alicia Ann Urias Schwerdtfeger
Ms. Patricia Urias Stahl
Ms. Harriet Van Buskirk
Ms. Kathy Joann Vargus
Mr. Charles V. Wadle
Ms. Janet Sue Walker
Terry L. Way
Mr. Don L. Wieser
Ms. Lynne Williams
Ms. Jeanie S. Wilson
Mr. Andrew T. Wolder
Ms. Kathy Woolsey
Mr. Mark Stephen Wyatt
Ms. Virginia Ann Young

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

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.