Luciana Maddalena DeMarco

January 6, 1937January 5, 2020
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Luciana Maddalena (Lovisa) DeMarco passed away on January 5, 2020, at Pleasant Valley Manor Care Center in Liberty, MO.

Lucy, as she was known by most, was born on January 6, 1937, in Cavasso Nuovo, Italy, to Domenico and Maria (DeMichael) Lovisa. She grew up in a small Italian village where she met and married the love of her life, Aldo DeMarco, in 1958. Lucy followed Aldo to the United States, where he had immigrated in search of work. She only spoke Italian and relied on the help of relatives and neighbors to teach her English. The DeMarco’s moved to Omaha, NE, where her three sons were born. The family then moved to West Des Moines in 1968, where they have resided for over 50 years.

Lucy was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and gossiping (in Italian) with her daily companion and sister, Louise. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, whom she adored.

Lucy is survived by her husband of 61years, Aldo DeMarco, and her children Luigi (Donna) DeMarco, Mario (Laura) DeMarco, Riccardo (Melonie) DeMarco; her grandchildren Antonio (Jenny) DeMarco, Vincent (Erin) DeMarco, Victor (Rose) DeMarco, Dino, Alexandra, Leah DeMarco; Madeline and Matilda DeMarco. She will also be missed by her great-grandchildren Graziella, Ariana, Luca, and Octavia and many nieces and nephews. Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and two sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 am, Saturday, January 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-7 pm, the Rosary will be said at 5 pm, at McLaren’s Resthaven Funeral Chapel. Entombment will be at Resthaven Mausoleum.


  • Rosary Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Visitation Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 11, 2020


Luciana Maddalena DeMarco

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Scott and Pam Tursi

January 10, 2020

Mario and Ricky
Pam and I are so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. We were going to come to the rosary but when the weather turned bad we decided to stay home. Sorry that we couldn’t be there. Also tell your dad that we are so sorry for his loss. Our prayers are with your family. Scott T.

Lorraine Gaddini-Smith

January 7, 2020

Lucy was a genuinely good woman and dear friend. We spent several lovely summer days visiting the Amana colonies where she tried to teach me how to barter. l failed miserably. The shopkeepers always like to ask she and Louise where they were from. They always responded in their definitive Italian accents, West Des Moines. My fondest memory is that she and Louise would be so comfortable with my mother Barbara and I, they would slip in and out of Italian and just trust we could keep up. Please accept the condolences of Barbara Smith's family.