Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home
222 W Euclid St
Mc Pherson, KS 67460
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Joel Christopher, 93, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away at 7:28 p.m., Wednesday, June 4th, while in the company of family members, at St. Luke's Hospice House. Joel was born in Manhattan, New York on March 13, 1921, the daughter of Maria Concetta (Zangara) and Benedetto Lucchesi. Joel attended the Manhattan grade schools, Manhattan, New York and Flushing High School, Queens, New York. Joel served in the U.S. Navy as a Specialist Technician Instructor 2n class. She taught at the NTS Hunter College, Bronx, Ny, USNAS Atlanta, Ga, NAS Anacostia, NAS Atlantic City, NJ, RS NYD, and Phila, PA. She was a Homemaker. Surviving family members include her children, Patricia Guggisberg and her husband Robert, and Barbara Bruetsch-Cockrell and her husband Jerry, all of Kansas City, Missouri, and Christopher J. Fiorello and his wife Susan, of Platte Woods, Missouri; her 3 grandchildren; Jason Barnes and his wife Lori, Adam Patrick Bruetsch, and Christopher A. Fiorello; her 3 great-grandchildren; Raven, Jackson, and Audrey; several nieces and nephews, and other relatives. Joel was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Tom and Jack Lucchesi; and her sisters, Josephine Lucchesi and Rose Esmiol. Graveside service will be held at the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas, at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014 with Pastor H. Dick Reynolds officiating. Military honors will be presented by members of the American Legion Post 24 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2715 both of McPherson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke's Hospice House and they can be sent in care of the Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.
Published in Kansas City Star on June 7, 2014
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