Lorraine Nizzi, 93, passed away at her home on Saturday, March 22, 2014. She was born in Des Moines and lived her adult life on the Southside and Fort Des Moines Community.
Lorraine graduated from Lincoln High School. In April of 1939 she married Elisho "Al" Nizzi. During WWII she worked as a dental secretary at the Fort Des Moines Army base. In the late 1940's and into the 1950's she modeled for Younkers Department Store in the Tea Room as a member of the Stylettes. In 1958, Lorraine was selected as Mrs. Iowa and attended the Mrs. America competition in Fort Lauderdale with her husband.
Lorraine and Al were co-owners of Nizzi's Tavern and Grill on Park Avenue for over 20 years. They were known for their cordial manner and service as well as great sausage sandwiches and burgers. Nizzi's Tavern was a neighborly pub with a great heart of which Lorraine and Al served in large portions. After retiring, Lorraine also worked for Skeffington's Formal Wear and HyVee.
Lorraine was proud of her entire family. She was in frequent contact with children, grandchildren and close friends. She was living at the Residence at Christ the King. Lorraine was a founding member of Christ the King parish.
Lorraine is survived by her three children, Londa Jarnagin of Des Moines, Patrick Nizzi of Apex, North Carolina and Bob Nizzi of Omaha; 19 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren. Her devoted husband Al preceded her in death in 1983.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5711 SW 9th Street followed by burial at Glendale Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday with the Rosary recited at 7 p.m. at the church.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Christ the King Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW Ninth Street Des Moines, IA 50315
Published in Des Moines Register on Mar. 25, 2014