James A. Ascareggi, 80, passed away on September 2, 2014 in Woodridge, IL. He was born on May 13, 1934 in Oak Park, IL and was raised in Cicero, IL by his parents Rose (Grottola) and Aldo Ascareggi surrounded by a large, loving, extended Italian family. Jim graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in theatre and received a master's degree from Iowa State. He returned to Illinois Wesleyan from 1963 - 1972 as a faculty member in the school of drama, where he was much loved and admired by his students. He did further study at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, then moved to New York where he was a distinguished designer for the Metropolitan Opera. He returned to Chicago to join NBC Studios, later opening his design firm, J. Reggi Designs. Jim was predeceased by his parents and is survived by his brother, Norman Ascareggi, two nephews, James Ascareggi and Phillip Ascareggi as well as the many members of that large, loving, extended Italian family. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 15 at the Church of St. Francis, 12 W. School St., Villa Park, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, 70 E. Lake Street, Chicago, Il 60601 or Howard Brown Health Center, 4025 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60613
Published in Chicago Tribune on Sep. 9, 2014.