Alfonso Graceffa 1918—2017

Alfonso "Al Grace" Graceffa, 98 of Rockford, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017. Born December 4, 1918 in Aragona, Sicily, the son of Louis & Rosalia Graceffa. He lived most of his life in Rockford, coming here from Sicily. Al married Marie Kronaizl in Rockford on September 28, 1947. She predeceased him in 2004. He owned Al Grace Appliance since 1962. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the United States Army. He was first stationed at Camp Grant, where he did basic training and played the bugle. He then transferred to Ft. Louis Washington, where he was the leader of the USO Medical Division – entertaining the troops returning from the Pacific. Al was a member of Holy Family Church. He was leader of Al Grace and his Orchestra, playing before and after the war, until 1960. He played high school dances and weddings, among other events. Special thanks to Transitions Hospice and East Bank Rehabilitation Center for their loving care. Survivors include: children Lou (Joan) Graceffa, Sue (Brad) Born, Randy Graceffa; grandchildren Erica (Jason) Butz, Aaron, Graceffa, Casey (Matt) Lepley, Derek (Sheri) Born; and 7 great-grandchildren. - See more at: http:// www.legacy.com/obituaries/ rrstar/obituary.aspx?n=alfonso- graceffa&pid=184820105&fhid= 24711#sthash.iUDldfgO. dpuf

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