Obituary: John Dinnocenzo

John Dinnocenzo

John Dinnocenzo, 84, died unexpectedly in his home in Kodiak on March 14. He is survived by his son Joe, Joe’s wife Donna, and Tom Dinnocenzo, all of Kodiak; Linda Dinnocenzo and her husband Donald Nielsen of Alsea, Ore.; and Elaine Dinnocenzo and her husband Patrick Hodgson of Kasilof. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Michael, Stephanie, Casey and Isabella

Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife Doris; his brothers Fiore of Iron Mountain, Mich., James of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Louis of Hardwood, Mich.; sisters Gen of Green Lake, Wis., Connie of Gary, Ind., Eda of Quinnesec, Mich., Marge of Pepin, Wis., Elaine of Sacramento, Calif., and Ann of Fair Oaks, Calif.

He was born in Iron Mountain, Mich., to Raffaele and Isabella Dinnocenzo on Aug. 9, 1927, and raised in the rural area near there.

After graduating from high school in Iron Mountain, he joined the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he obtained training as a mechanic and then came to Alaska in the early 1950s, where he found a job in building maintenance at the Mount Edgecumbe sanatorium and boarding school near Sitka. There he met his future wife, Doris who was working there as a nurse.

They moved to Kodiak in 1954, married, and raised four children. John worked as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic on the Navy base there and later as a foreman of the heavy equipment shop until his retirement in 1975 just after the Coast Guard took the base over. After retirement, he continued to live in Kodiak.

He was a loving and generous father and grandfather and encouraged his family to improve their life with a quality education. He loved to hunt, fish, cook and brewed pretty good salmonberry wine, too. He also loved reading and socializing with his friends in various clubs, including the Civil Service Club, the Elks Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Alaskan Pioneers and the American Legion. In recent years he frequently would visit friends at the Kodiak Senior Center over lunch.

He will be missed by everyone who knew him. A potluck will be held as a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. on April 7, 2012, at the American Legion in Kodiak. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the Kodiak Senior Center.

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