August 26, 1907 – September 30, 2013
Maria Nucaro, 106, passed away September 30, 2013. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 5 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with burial at Glendale Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, October 4 at Tonini Funeral Home with a Rosary Service at 7 p.m.
Maria was born August 26, 1907 in Terravecchia, Italy to Joseph and Rosanna Volcano. Maria married Thomas Nucaro in 1926 and immigrated to the United States in 1948. She made her home on the south side of Des Moines and was heavily involved in the Italian-American community. She was the best mother and grandmother, serving her family selflessly her entire life. Her many talents included cooking, gardening and crocheting. Grandmother Nucaro was the biggest fan of her grandchildren, always present at baseball games and performances. She is remembered by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as a great story teller and dispenser of great wisdom. Everyone who had the privilege of knowing Maria’s love, kindness and generosity will miss her greatly.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Nucaro; son, Mike Nucaro; daughter-in-law, Josephine Nucaro; brother, Michele Volcano and sisters, Gaetana and Elizabeth Volcano.
She is survived by her daughter, Ida (Bill) Guthrie; eight grandchildren, Mary (Jesse) Gallardo, Mary (Tim) Ganske, Tom Guthrie, Thomas Nucaro, Gary (Wendy) Guthrie, Rosanna (Andy) Damiani, Tony (Annette) Nucaro and Michael Guthrie and fifteen great-grandchildren.Information provided by: Brooks Funeral Care 7975 University Blvd. Clive, IA 50325 www.meaningfulfunerals.net