Obituary of Ruth Lucchesi (1934 – 2021) – Chicago, IL
She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1952 and that fall began studying home economics at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. But she didn’t graduate until 1979, earning a BS in accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She became an Illinois Chartered Public Accountant (CPA) in 1982. In 1990, she received an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in Lake Forest, Illinois.
She met Claudio (Claude) Alphonso Lucchesi, one of the two children of Nello Lucchesi and Anna Bellizia, in Northwestern and they were married on October 24, 1954 in Geneseo. Ruth put her home economics training to good use as a full-time housewife for 20 years, raising her two children to adulthood.
During her years as a housewife, she was also very active in community affairs. She was president of Northfield Local Affairs, a branch of the League of Women Voters. She gave private lessons to the children of Cabrini-Green Housing Projects in Chicago. She also became the first certified female paramedic in the state of Illinois, serving with the Northfield Ambulance Service for seven years.
Ruth’s professional work outside the home began in 1979 at GD Searle as an auditor. She then moved on to Abbott Laboratories and Northwestern University as an accountant and auditor. She ended her career as Director of Audit at the University of Chicago, retiring in 1998.
Ruth has applied her professional expertise to a variety of positions: Winnetka-Northfield Family Service Treasurer, Northfield Village Treasurer, Northfield Village Trustee, Volunteer Counselor to a local school board in the Chicago Public School System, Member of the United Way Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois. She was also an active member of the North Shore Unitarian Church in Deerfield, IL.
His passions and hobbies included traveling, genealogy, fine dining, knitting, and summers to Beaver Island, MI with Greg’s family in the house Greg and Linda built on the property Ruth inherited. of his parents. She has traveled to all 50 states and nearly 30 foreign countries. His first book, The Wellstein Genealogy, tracing his father’s family from 1650 in Germany across 12 generations, was published in 2000. A book about his mother’s family, Genealogy of Azariah Lathrop and his wife Esther Lewis , followed in 2009. During her second book research, Ruth confirmed that she had four ancestors on the Mayflower. She was so proud of her “pilgrim” heritage! She also confirmed her membership in the American Revolutionary War and was delighted with her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Ruth loved to organize family reunions, serving delicious gourmet meals inspired by recipes from her extensive collection of cookbooks and epicurean magazines. In her later years, she approached knitting with the same enthusiasm as her cooking. Her plans warmed many family members including her adored granddaughters Giuliana and Alison.
Reflecting on her life, Ruth said that “nothing was as important or lasting” as raising her children. She hopes that “they and her grandchildren will see a better world, thanks to their contributions.”
In addition to her parents, Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Claude, and her brother-in-law, Nello Joseph Lucchesi. The survivors are: his two sons, Nello William Lucchesi (wife: Ann Freeman) and K. Gregory Lucchesi (wife: Linda Flosi); two granddaughters, Giuliana Victoria Lucchesi (daughter of: K. Gregory; husband: Yamil Molinar Rivera) and Alison Ruth Lucchesi (daughter of: Nello William); sister-in-law, Patricia Ann Baier Lucchesi; the following nieces and nephews, Juanita Karen Torronio (husband: Ralph), Nello John Lucchesi (wife: Debra Terry), Jerold Joseph Lucchesi (wife: Sarah Roland), Jeannine Ann Panunzio (husband: Ricky Don); and several great-nieces and nephews.
At Ruth’s request, there will be no official funeral or memorial service. She donated her body to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois for medical education. Those who wish to remember Ruth in a special way can give gifts in her memory to their favorite charity.
Posted by Chicago Tribune on June 4, 2021.