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Thursday, October 5, 2017
4:00 - 7:00 pm
7 pm Rosary
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines


Friday, October 6, 2017
11:00 am
Christ the King Catholic Church
5711 SW 9th Street
Des Moines


A private family burial will be held at
Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery
at a later date.


Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
(515) 285-3911

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Americo "AJ" Loffredo

Americo “AJ” Loffredo, 101, passed away October 1, 2017 at Prairie Hills Assisted Living, surrounded by his loving family.

Americo was born November 30, 1915 Des Moines to Carmella (Compiano) and Nicholas Loffredo. He served in the U.S. Army. On November 25, 1945 he married the love of his life, Katie Foronato. They were together for 55 years before her passing in 2000. AJ had been a salesman at Niles & Jones for 20 years and later retired from the Des Moines Public Schools where he worked as a custodian. AJ loved gardening, dancing with his wife and friends, going to the Southside Senior Center, spending time with his entire family and eating good food. He was an avid Hawkeye and Cubs fan. AJ was a lifelong member of Christ the King Catholic Church.

AJ is survived by his daughter, Toni Flannery; grandchildren, Kelly Babberl, Gwendy Babberl and Jenny (Gabe) Cain; great-grandchildren, Anna and Anthony Babberl and Nona Cain; and many extended family members and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Katie; son, Nick Loffredo; grandson, Todd Babberl; son-in-law, Denny Flannery; his parents, siblings and many extended family members.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5711 SW 9th Street. The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 5th with the Rosary prayed at 7 p.m. at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street. A private family burial will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to AHeinz57 Pet Rescue in loving memory of AJ.

AJ’s family would like to send a special “Thank You” to the staff of Prairie Hills Assisted Living for the love and care they gave to AJ.

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