Luigina Cicchini

Luigina Elizabeth "Jean" Cicchini (DeRango)

Saturday, June 3rd, 1933 - Friday, November 22nd, 2019
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Jean Cicchini, 86, of Kenosha, affectionately known by her grandchildren as Nana, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, November 22, 2019. She was surrounded by her cherished family after a 13-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Nana was fortunate to spend the entirety of her life in the comfort of her own home.

Born in Kenosha on June 3, 1933, our Nana was the daughter of the late Achille and Filomena (Covelli) DeRango. She was a lifelong resident of Kenosha, educated in local schools and a high school graduate of Mary D. Bradford. Nana went on to cosmetology school and worked at the French Doll Hair Salon as a hairdresser in the early 1970’s.

On August 13, 1949 at the age of 16, Nana met our Nanu, Attilio “Tim” Cicchini at Columbus Park while he was playing baseball; it was love at first pitch. They were married on October 30, 1954 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Nanu preceded her in death on March 12, 2007.

Nana enjoyed being the family historian, Italian cooking, craft making, playing bridge with friends, volunteering at Brookside Nursing Home and The Kenosha Public Museum; but her true passion was her grandchildren-Nana always made each of us feel uniquely special!

Nana is survived by her three children, Gail McDermott of Kenosha, Jim (Amy) Cicchini of Kenosha, and Karen (Dave) Knack; six grandchildren, Daniel (Maria) McDermott, Theresa (Chris) Lange, Jenna (Tyler) Slaght, Angela (Jon) Vitkus, Rachel (Nate) Allemand and Kelly Knack; seven great-grandchildren, Lilly, Caroline, Grace, Attilio James, Timothy Jacob, Emma and Jonny, and one sister, Mary Laura Keul of Racine.

Preceding her in death are her parents; stepfather, Joseph Covelli; husband; sisters, Ethel Swartz and Angelina Andersen; and brother Gabriel DeRango.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 26th at 1:00 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 2223 51st Street, Kenosha. There will be a private burial. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Anthony’s.

Nana gracefully smiled her way through a disease that otherwise claims the identity of so many. She never lost her kindness, compassion, poise and laughter. We are at peace knowing she is reunited with our Nanu, both watching over us as our Guardian Angels. From all of us, Nana, “xoxo millions.”

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    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 1:00pm
    St. Anthony Catholic Church
    2223-51st Street
    KENOSHA, WI 53140
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    Father Todd Belardi
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Neil Guttormsen

Posted at 02:12pm
Jim and Family,
Please accept my condolences with your Mother's passing... Your dedicated support and care of "Jean" over the years truly reflects the importance of family and the special love warranted for a mother... I can remember the many times that you shared breakfast with "Jean" on Sunday morning at KCC .... Those dining moments and other fond memories will never be forgotten and her natural smile will always be present in your thoughts... May God comfort you and family during this period of grief and let Him be present with you during this Thanksgiving and upcoming Christmas season... Sincerely,
Neil and Kristen Guttormsen
PS-Our 13th grandchild is due on January 16, 2020....This is what makes life wonderful even in times of sorrow...

Barbara Wisnefski

Posted at 12:21pm
Jean worked with me at the French Doll Beauty Salon and we enjoyed each others company having fun will all of our coworkers. Jean always had a keen sense of responsibility and respect for others. She will be missed by our French Doll friends who still get together.
Barb Wisnefski

Lena Carlstedt

Posted at 05:33pm
You are a beautiful, caring mom and nana who will be dearly missed. Love from Anders & Lena Carlstedt and Daniel & Jenny Carlstedt
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Posted at 07:24am
May you continually be comforted by thoughts of happier times of precious memories. May God "surround and comfort" you at this sad time. Psalm 71:21.

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