James Vincent Iaquinta, 91|
James “Jay” Vincent Iaquinta, 91, passed into eternal life at his current residence in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. He was the father of Alice Iaquinta, West Bend, who has taught for Moraine Park Technical College since 1972, and loving grandpa of her children, Frankie Ridolfi, San Francisco, and Christina Ridolfi, Minneapolis.
Jay, born Dec. 8, 1920 in Kenosha, was the third son of the late Leonardo and Domenica (Arabia) Iaquinta, immigrants from Calabria, Italy.
Jay attended Kenosha schools and was a member of Holy Rosary Church in his youth. A World War II Army Veteran, Jay served his country as an airplane mechanic.
Jay married Shirley Weyrauch on July 24, 1942. They were more than half way through their 70th year of marriage at the time of his death. Jay and Shirley lived in Kenosha until the last two years.
With the GI Bill, Jay learned the butchering trade at the Kenosha Vocational School, served an apprenticeship and then joined the A&P food store chain as a butcher, becoming a meat manager for 30 years at various Kenosha and Racine stores. He “retired” to take his dream job managing Brighton Dale Golf Course for 18 years, getting up at 4 a.m. every morning to open the course for the early golfers.
Jay was a life-long member of the Italian American Society and served on the drill team as a young man. He was an officer of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union and active in the Democratic Party in Kenosha. During his long volunteer service on the Kenosha County Park Commission, he was instrumental in the planning and construction of several county parks including Brighton Dale and Silver Lake in Kenosha County.
His love affair with golf began as a young teen caddying at the Kenosha Country Club during the depression. He practiced his swing with a makeshift club, an old ball and a tin cup sunk into the cinder alley behind his house, until he got his own clubs. Throughout his adult years he would play nine holes every day before work during the season. A modest man, he never mentioned his many tournament wins, despite the many first-place trophies which lined his rec room walls. His grooved golf swing, with its little hitch, was legendary among local golfing buddies. He gave up golfing at 85, because he could no longer walk the whole course and refused to take a cart, even though he had been on dialysis for nearly five years. It was all or nothing in the game for him!
Jay was a devoted family man. He gave his wife great support in her own community service projects when she worked hard to found the Serviceman’s Center at the KYF during the Vietnam War years, and later the Lincoln Neighborhood Center to serve those who were “falling between the cracks” in local social service agencies. Like his rock-steady golf game, Jay was always hardworking, dependable and nonjudgmental. Being a true depression kid, he would rather fix something than toss it in the garbage. He was well liked by all who met him.
Jay is also survived by four of his five sons: James P. Iaquinta, Milwaukee, David (Pamela) Iaquinta, Lincoln, Neb., and Peter (Annie) Iaquinta, Madison, and his sister Angeline (Robert) Spence, formerly of Kenosha, now Boulder, Colo.
He is further survived by four other grandchildren: Sophia, Isaac, and Grace Iaquinta, Lincoln, Neb., and David (Kathy) Bobeck, Chapel Hill, N.C., and four great - grandchildren, Heather, Corey, Brittaney and David Bobeck, Chapel Hill, along with many extended family members and friends who also share in this loss and will greatly miss him. Jay was a good man and had a good life.
He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Timothy; brothers, Peter, Anthony, and Sam; and his sister, Frances.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7104 39th Ave., Kenosha. Interment will follow at St George Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. at Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home, 3720 39th Ave., Kenosha, and again on Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.
Online condolences at www.piasecki-althaus.com. Memorials to the family, which will be used to benefit charities that were dear to Jay’s heart, would be appreciated.
The family extends its heartfelt thanks to the staff of St. Catherine’s Hospital Dialysis Center, Kenosha, where Jay received treatment for 10 years.
Appreciation is also expressed to the staff at The Legacy and the Dialysis Center of Lincoln, Neb. for the care and support they provided to Jay, Shirley and the entire family during his final two