Louis F. Alessio (1924 - 2011)

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INDEPENDENCE - Louis F. Alessio, Jr., of Independence, and formerly of Oelwein and Camanche, died Wednesday evening, June 1, at the West Village Care Center, Independence.
Louis was born on June 23, 1924, in Oelwein, the youngest of 10 children of Italian immigrants, Luigi and Theresa (Paletti) Alessio. He graduated from Oelwein High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving with the Seabee's in Okinawa and Japan during world war two.
Following his discharge he was married to Evelyn (Lane) Kopecky, three children were born of this union, Jacqueline, Nancy, and Tim. The couple later divorced. While living in Cedar Rapids, Louis attended night school to become a journeyman plumber and pipefitter. He became employed with various companies prior to his retirement.
In 1973 he was married to Edith Bruggenwirth. They resided in Camanche for 36 years, and was a member of the Church of the Visitation Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Camanche VFW. In 2005 the couple moved to Clinton, and following the death of his wife Edith in 2009 Louis moved to Independence.
He is survived by his three children; Jacqueline (Chris) Smith, Las Vegas, Nev., Nancy Alessio, Independence, and Tim (Nancy) Alessio, Lehigh, Fla., seven grandchildren; Tammi Robson, Waterloo, Rhett Robson, Julie (Brian) Guinan, and Ryan Robson, all of Hesperia, Calif., Bridget (James) Joyce, Walker, Jennifer Kolthoff, Independence, and Matt Sherrets, Quasqueton; three step-grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, eighteen step great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Edith in 2009, three sisters; Philomena Rubino, Victoria Randles, and Mary Morici, and six brothers; Joseph, John, Dominic, Frederick, Anthony, and Charles Alessio.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 6, at St. John's Catholic Church, Independence, with inurnment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Oelwein, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with graveside military honors. Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at the Reiff Funeral Home and Crematory, Independence, where a rosary will be recited at 3 p.m.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from June 4 to July 4, 2011
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