Eugene Lee Aiassi of Granite City, longtime educator of 38 years, passed away at 10:38 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2011 at Stearns Nursing and Rehabilitation in Granite City at the age of 92.
He was born June 7, 1919 in Murphysboro a son of the late Henry and Mary (Sundmacher) Aiassi. In addition to his beloved parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Christina K. Aiassi and Frieda M. Yeager and one brother, George W. “Fred” Aiassi.
He retired as the Art Education Coordinator in 1979 from the Granite City School District after 32 years of dedicated devotion and artistic creativity to the children and adults of the Granite City area. He attended the public schools of Murphysboro and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Before beginning his career in Granite City on June 15, 1947, he had taught in the Litchfield School system from 1941 to 1944 and from 1944 to 1947 in the Arlington Heights School system. Under his direction in Granite City, art education flourished in K-12 programs. His Adult Education programs experienced growth and his holiday gift wrapping demonstrations were extremely well attended and appreciated by the community. He had also co-owned and operated Ladue Florist in Clayton, Missouri for several years.
His artistic talent in the arts, interior design and decorating was undoubtedly known to have flair of his own. Decorating his home inside and out for the holidays was always a creation to be seen. Just last year he assisted with the decorating and painting of the “Community Care” holiday float that took 3rd place in the Granite City Christmas parade. His impeccable taste in his clothing attire, exquisite luncheons and dinners throughout the St. Louis area with friends along with his artistic talent will live on in those who knew and loved him.
Mr. Aiassi was very involved in his community through the years as a member of the International Honorary Art Fraternity, N.E.A., I.E.A., Masonic Lodge, Shriner’s and Lion’s Club and had served as past president of the Rotary Club and the Illinois Art Association. He was also very proud of the fact he was among the list of Who’s Who in American Education for nine years out of his career.
He is survived by a niece, Phyllis Elaine Grob; great niece, Carolyn Gallegly; great nephew, Dale Grob, all of Murphysboro; special friends, Josie Rodgers, Norman Sanders, Rick Bierschwal and Denise Haug, all of Granite City; along with many other friends and acquaintances throughout the years.
In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, October 16, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 5:00 p.m. Reverend Henry Crippen will officiate. Inurnment will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to the Granite City High School Scholarship Foundation and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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