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12/27/2012 7:30:00 AM
Alice Renee Sturzl

Alice Renee Sturzl, nee Giglio, originally from Brooklyn, N. Y., died Dec. 22, 2012, from complications due to chronic heart failure. Alice was born on Oct. 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 World War II, 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, 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, Ariz. 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, of Stunt Nite, and St. Mary's PTA. Alice was president of the Superior Diocesan Council of Women, 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, Ill., Steve (Cora) Sturzl of Malaga, Wash., Chris (Sue) Sturzl of Houghton, Mich., Brian (Deb) Sturzl of Appleton, and Celia (Dave) Sturzl-Stanley of Marshfield. She is further survived by eight 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) Virg; and survived by her sister, Terry (Joe) Balletta of Florida; and half-brother, Vinnie (Pam) Giglio of New York; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their children.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the Main Chapel at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King. Visitation will be held on Thursday, from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the Main Chapel. Burial will be at the Central Wis. Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King. The Holly Funeral Home of Waupaca is assisting the family with arrangements.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Steve Woita

Mary, Steve, and family,
Please accept my condolences on the death of both your parents. I have good memories of them from the 1960s, especially Indian dancers. May the joy and peace of Our Lord's Resurrection be real to you at this time!
Steve Woita

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Anklam

Alice's son Chris and I were good friends in grade school and I recall having dinner at the Sturzl home on several occasions. Alice cooked up fantastic Italian meals. Although almost 50 years ago, I vividly recall a dinner of spaghetti and homemade Italian sausage. My first introduction to real Italian cuisine.

My condolences to your family.

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Cahak

I grew up as friends of the Sturzls. Alice was our cub scout leader for several years. We loved the time at the Sturzl household. Rest in peace Alice.

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Joyce Schreiber (Kriesel)

I'm so sorry to see this news of your mother passing away. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: Randall Clure

Some of my best memories are of sitting at her kitchen table! Lovely women.

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