Obituary of Dr. John James DeLuisi
He is survived by his five children, John Jr., Barb, Rebecca, Nan and Michael; nine grandchildren; sister, Vincenza Maruszak; sister-in-law, Sandra Furlo; seven nieces; five nephews; and cousins in the
John was born in 1930, in Little Falls, NY to his Italian immigrant parents John and Anna DeLuisi. John enjoyed retelling the stories of his happy and carefree childhood spent roaming and playing in the nearby woods of Little Falls. From an early age, he had an interest in science and mathematics.
After graduating from high school, John joined the United States Navy in 1948 and entered the Navy Reserve in 1949. He was recalled to active duty in 1951 and served two more years during the Korean War.
John valued education. Under the GI Bill, he studied physics and earned a B.S. degree from the State University of New York College for Teachers in
John met Prudy Williams, the love of his life, in 1958 while both were attending college. For John, it was love at first sight. They married in 1959 in
John and Prudy moved to
John spent the bulk of his career at NOAA in
John will be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues. The DeLuisi household was always a popular gathering place for friends and family. John and Prudy were well known for their superb culinary skills and warm hospitality. Their gatherings were filled with great food, plenty of beer and wine and an abundance of love and laughter. John will be remembered for his affection, wit, intelligence and a full life lived with adventure, passion, integrity and love.
A celebration of John’s life took place Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart of Mary Church, in Boulder.
Local arrangements are being carried out by the Enea Family Funeral Home, Little Falls, Funeral Directors Kevin E. & Harry J. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315-823-2424).
Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com.