Florence Jean Minicucci

Florence Eugenia “Jean” Minicucci, died peacefully, on her terms, surrounded by love, after living a wonderful life for 97 years. She lived in both Ketchikan, Alaska and Naperville, Illinois. She passed away surrounded by family and friends on January 16, 2021 of natural causes.

Jean was born on March 21, 1923 to John and Grace (Cossette) Martell in Escanaba, Michigan. After graduating from St. Joseph High School in 1941, she went on to graduate from nursing school at St. Josephs Nursing College in Hancock, Michigan.

After graduation, she joined the United States Air Force. She started active duty in March 1951 at Brookley AFB in Alabama. She was honorably discharged in September of 1953 as a First Lieutenant. She served time in both Korea and Japan. During her service she was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. 

While serving in Korea she met Al Minicucci and they wed in 1953, going on to have four children, Tim, Dena, Susan and John.

After leaving active-duty Jean went to work as a nurse at Mt. Clemens General Hospital until 1984 when she retired and moved to Ketchikan, Alaska. After her move, she quickly went back to work as a nurse at Ketchikan General Hospital until retiring in 1996. She volunteered at the hospital for many years after her formal retirement. 

Jean dedicated her life to being a wonderful mother. She excelled at nurturing and supporting her children and grandchildren through the many passions and difficulties of their lives. She made it her mission to improve the lives of others. Jean was a devout Catholic. 

She had a passion for travel and never liked to be left behind if there was an adventure to be had. She loved to spend her summers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan at the cabin her father built. Jean was an accomplished knitter, artist, reader, puzzle master and fisherman. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was a member of both the American Legion Post 3 and the American Legion Auxiliary. She lived life to her absolute fullest. We will miss her greatly.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her son Tim Minicucci, her sister Elaine Anderson, her brother Jack Martell, and her niece Mary Anderson. She is survived by her daughters Dena Minicucci of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Susan (David) Hill of Naperville, Illinois, her son John (Amy) Minicucci of Orlando, Florida, her daughter-in-law Phyllis Minicucci of Ketchikan, Alaska, eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, two nieces, and one nephew. 

Jean loved animals of all kinds and it was her wish that contributions be made to the Alger County Animal Shelter in her name http://www.algercountyanimalshelter.com/donate/. 

A private funeral service will be held on Saturday January 23 at 10 am Alaska standard time (1 pm cst) at Holy Name Catholic Church, 433 Jackson Street, Ketchikan, Alaska. In-person attendance is by invitation only, due to Covid restrictions. You can watch the service live by going to Holy Name’s Facebook page and then go to the live stream at 10 am. https://www.facebook.com/holynameketchikan