MADISON - Alfred G. Colucci, was born in Ashtabula Ohio, the son of Italian immigrants. Alfred committed his life to service; service to his country, his community, his family and his faith. He volunteered for active combat service during World War II as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. He made numerous combat jumps and became part of the first Americans to occupy the city of Berlin. Following the war, Alfred became an educator, first as a history and civics teacher, teaching at Central High, and later as an administrator after completing his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His last assignment was as head principal of Madison West High School for 21 years. He retired in 1992. He always said "Everyone must have a chance to receive a quality education in their life and I have committed myself to that goal, my entire professional life." He was an active member of various organizations such as the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Kiwanis, Elks, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Good Shepherd and All Saints Lutheran churches, and was a 32nd degree Mason in Madison Lodge No. 5, Scottish Rite, and a Knight of the Templar Order in York Rite. Alfred passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Elfriede; his son, Lamont; his daughter, Heidie; his brother-in-law, Hermann Asmus, who is Elfriede's brother, who is married to Alfred's sister, Caroline. Five other siblings survive him as well. Funeral services will be held at ALL SAINTS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2951 Chapel Valley Road, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, with the Rev. Richard Johnson officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2002. A Masonic service will be held at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The family suggests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to All Saints Lutheran Church, or to the World War II Mall-Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C., Cress Funeral Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434
Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 12, 2002
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