Alice Sturzl

Sturzl, Alice

Alice Renee Sturzl, nee Giglio, originally from Brooklyn, New York, died December 22, 2012 from complications due to chronic heart failure. Alice was born on October 5, 1926 and raised in Brooklyn, the fourth of five children of James Vincent and Mary Theresa (Mattia) Giglio. Upon graduating from Bishop McDonnell girls' academy, Alice worked in Manhattan for AT&T. While skating with friends at Rockerfeller Plaza, she met Dewey Sturzl, a handsome young paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division who was on leave. They corresponded keenly during WWII and were married at Our Lady of Lorretto in Brooklyn on May 4, 1947. Originally making their home in Brooklyn, they later moved to Dewey's hometown of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, where they raised five children and were active in numerous community and church organizations.

Alice worked for the Chamber of Commerce, the chemical research department of Rhinelander's paper mill, then the U.S. Forest Genetics Laboratory from which she retired in 1987, when she and Dewey moved to Mesa, Arizona. In 2006, they came back to Wisconsin to be near family in Marshfield, but when Dewey's health began to fail in 2009, they moved to the Wisconsin Veterans' Home in King, where he died later that year.

At King, Alice wrote for The Courier newsletter, under the nom de plume "Alice In Wonderland." Some of her many short stories and poems were published in several other newsletters and magazines. While in Rhinelander, both Alice and her husband were scout leaders, members of the Northern Lights theater company and of Stunt Nite and St. Mary's PTA. Alice was president of the Superior Diocesan Council of Women and active in the St. Anne's Society and the Oneida County Highway Commission, among others. In Mesa, they were both elected officials in the Elks as well as avid golfers, participating in local tourneys.

As retirees, Alice and Dewey toured all 50 states and much of Canada and Mexico, and enjoyed tours of Italy, Germany, Belgium and South Korea. In between their travels, Alice loved sharing recipes and entertaining friends and family, even hosting some of the huge Sturzl family reunions. "She always threw a great party," commented her son Chris, himself a nationally-recognized chef.

Alice is survived by her five children: Mary (Alan) Moss of Highland Park, IL; Steve (Cora) Sturzl of Malaga, WA; Chris (Sue) Sturzl of Houghton, MI; Brian (Deb) Sturzl of Appleton, WI and Celia (Dave) Sturzl-Stanley of Marshfield, WI. She is further survived by 8 grandchildren: Morgan and Duncan Moss; Garrett, Evan (Becca) and Janel Sturzl; Alyssa and Travis Sturzl, and Gretchen Stanley; also one darling great-granddaughter, Hailey Sturzl. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers John, James (Terry) Giglio, a sister, Fran (Drew) Virga, and survived by her sister, Terry (Joe) Balletta of Florida and half-brother, Vinnie (Pam) Giglio of New York, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their children.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:30 PM at the Main Chapel at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, WI. Visitation will be held on Thursday, from 12:30 PM until the time of the service at the Main Chapel. Burial will be at the Central WI Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King.


Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Dec. 27, 2012