Dorothy A. Tognocchi

Dorothy A. Tognocchi (nee Spika), 93, of North Riverside, died on Oct. 28, 2015 in Maywood.  

Born on Feb. 13, 1922, she joined the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), the women’s branch of the U.S. Navy reserve, during World War II. After the war, she worked as a comptometer operator (the first electronic calculator) for a steel company.  

Ms. Tognocchi enjoyed golf, bowling, and loved to travel. She was a member of Mater Christi Women’s Guild and Mater Christi PTA. She also volunteered 10,460 hours at Loyola University Medical Center from 1978-2012 and received a Lifetime Volunteer Award from the hospital.

She is survived by her daughter, Debbie (Ron) Woodall; her grandchildren, Andrew Woodall, Michael Tognocchi, Christopher Tognocchi, Tina Smith, Michael Smith and Patti Smith; seven great-grandchildren; and her nephews and niece, Jim (Joy) Kacena, Paul Spika and Doreen Olson.  

Ms. Tognocchi was preceded in death by her husband, George J. Tognocchi; her son, Richard (Joanne) Tognocchi; her siblings, Bette (late Jim) Kacena and Al (Dorothy) Spika; and her niece, Joan (Denis) Stucko.  

A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 3 at Mater Christi Church, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. 

Memorial contributions are appreciated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation.

 Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, North Riverside, handled arrangements.