Enzinna, A. James "Duke" 91, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2013, at the Bitterroot Valley Living Center in Stevensville, Montana. Angelo James Enzinna was born November 11, 1921, to Frank and Lena (Sacco) Enzinna in Lockport, New York. He grew up in the house his father, a stonemason, built. He graduated from Lockport High School in 1940, where he was on the football, basketball and track teams, and earned a scholarship to North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. His college years were interrupted by World War II
, when Duke enlisted in the U.S. Army
in the fall of 1942. He served with the 36th "Texas" Infantry Division, in the Antitank Company, 142nd Infantry Regiment. PFC Enzinna participated in campaigns in Italy, France and Germany, on the Fifth Army front. He earned the Bronze Star
Medal for his role in the capture of Velletri, opening the way to the liberation of Rome. After his honorable discharge from the Army in the fall of 1945, Duke returned to North Central College to finish his B.S. degree in physical education and biology. It was there he met his wife of 58 years, Carol Westphal, and they were married on August 7, 1948. They lived in Aurora, Illinois, Carol's hometown, where they raised their two children, Claudia and Jeff, and later lived in nearby Montgomery. After Carol's death in 2006, Duke moved to Stevensville, Montana, first to the home of his daughter and son-in-law, and later to the Living Center. He worked as a Corrective Therapist at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, first as a physical therapist, and soon at the Blind Rehabilitation Center. As the specialty of blind rehab was developing, he was one of the pioneers in the field of orientation and mobility. He taught countless blinded veterans to travel safely and confidently with the long cane. He also shared his knowledge in training workshops for the next generations of O&M therapists, as well as summer workshops for blind students, until his retirement in 1984. Duke was a devoted family man, never too busy to help with projects or to take his family on a yearly vacation. He enjoyed building and woodworking, crossword puzzles, and following his Chicago teams, the Cubs and the Bulls. Duke was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Samuel, George, Joseph, Charles, and Peter; his sisters, Josephine Qualiana and Mamie Keihl; and his wife and best friend, Carol. He is survived by his daughter, Claudia (Dana) Bible of Stevensville, Montana; son, Jeff (Christie) of Richmond, Texas; grandchildren, Michelle (Cody) Luff of Portland, Oregon, Nathan Bible of Missoula, Montana, and Ashton Enzinna of Huntsville, Texas; four sisters-in-law, Lois Stamm, Martha Enzinna, Joan Winchell and Mary Enzinna; and numerous nephews and nieces. Family receiving guests Friday, July 12, 2013 from 9:00 AM until the time of his Funeral Service 11:00 AM at Dieterle Memorial Home 1120 Broadway Montgomery, IL. Interment Riverside Cemetery Montgomery, IL. For directions and guest book www.dieterlememorialhome.com
Dieterle Memorial Home (630)897-1196.