Thursday, December 12, 2013

Adaline C. (Willis) Pangrazi

Adaline Cora Pangrazi, age 92, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan Hospice.  She was born August 5, 1921, in Eau Claire, WI, daughter of the late Jack and Grace (Nee: Smock) Willis.

On October 5, 1940, in Gary, IN, she was united in marriage to Eugene “Gino” Pangrazi, who preceded her in death on February 8, 2007.  Adaline worked as a enumerator for the Federal Census in 1950, as Supervisor of Enumerators in three counties for the 1964 Agricultural Census and was a copywriter for radio station WFNY.  She volunteered as Secretary of the Racine Democratic Party from 1961-1970 and served as Executive Secretary of Racine County’s John F. Kennedy for President Campaign.  She also attended President Kennedy’s Inauguration in January 1961.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Adaline and Eugene moved to Arizona in January 1978 where they lived for 12 ½ years.  While in Arizona, Adaline was involved in various volunteer activities including serving as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Sun Valley Gleanars Association; Secretary Treasurer of the Arizona State Council for Seniors and Vice-President elect of the Senior Citizens Council of Maricopa County.  She was appointed by Governor Bruce Babbitt to serve a four-year term as a consumer member of the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy.  In 1989, Adaline and Eugene were named Arizona’s Outstanding Senior Citizens of the Year by Governor Rose Mofford.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Nicole (Jeffrey) Luedtke of Thiensville; grandson, Matthew Pangrazi; great-grandchildren, Grace and Samuel; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.  In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her son, Terry, in June 1989; and her grandson, Christopher.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Monica’s Senior Citizens Home Chapel, 3920 N. Green Bay Rd., with Reverend Ronald Crewe officiating.  Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet Thursday at St. Monica’s Chapel at 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Diabetes Assn. or the American Heart Assn. have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Monica’s for their loving and compassionate care.

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