Joyce Iasillo Gipson

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Joyce Iasillo


Joyce Iasillo


Joyce Iasillo


Yes! Attending Reunion
Class Year: 1965
Residing In: River Forest, IL USA
Occupation: Epic Lead Device Manager, IT
Spouse/Partner: Widow
Children: One daughter, Heather Virginia Gipson (1971)
Which class?


What States have you've lived in other than IL?


Other Occupation/s:

Third Tier IT Support

Where do you work now?


Where have you worked and/or retired from?

Northwestern Medicine

Have you ever been Self-Employed?


If Yes. What is/was the name of your company? What is/was your title? Where is/was it located? Nature of Business.

My late husband and I owned two businesses at one point in our lives.

Marriage Date

August 16, 1969

Did you marry your High School Sweetheart?


If Yes, to Whom, what High School & Graduation year?

Robert Gipson, Lane Tech, 1965 (Deceased)

Have you been married more than once?


Grand Children:

Charlie - January, 2008 and the littlest Blackhawk fan. Skating since 18 months and hockey was his first word, I swear! Passionate about baseball and has exquisite social skills and love for humanity.


Budgies- Allergies to cats and dogs - People are my pets.

Your High School Story:

I'd have to write fiction to fill this space and be interesting.

What were you in High School?

Singer/Band Member
A Geek
Other Shy

Who did you have a crush on while in High School? And Why? Did you ever date him/her?

Robert Barkley - just a fun friend and his family owned the building we lived in. Great sense of humor and he had a crush on my sister, Judy.

Who was your favorite teacher/s and why?

Miss Doheny was one. She was simply fantastic at teaching math and she had a no nonsense attitude. I loved math even more because of her method of teaching.

Mr. Quinn was great, too. I was in Internediate Choir for a couple of years and he taught with such joy.

What teacher/s did you dislike and why?

I didn't dislike any teachers but I did better with some of the teaching methodolgies than others.

What committee/s where you on?

I did a few things but honestly, I don't remember. GAA, helped with homecoming floats.

What is your favorite memory or memories of AHS?

Participating in choir and Masque and Gavel (short lived). I remember Novermber 22, 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated. We had a concert scheduled but instead of cancelling, we sang only one song - "Let There Be Peace On Earth". Very moving even to this day in memory.

What Elementary School did you attend?

Sumner Elementary School, Chicago, IL

Your Elementary School Story:

Class Valedictorian and gave graduation speech. I sang a solo in a Christmas pageant once as well. Ms. Barry was my favorite teacher. I was painfully shy and she was so kind and encouraging.

Did you go to College?


If Yes, Where and When?


Level of Education

Some College
Associates in Computer Science

Did you go to a Technical School?


What have you been up to since you graduated from High School?

Living and loving life and all it's challenges.

Have you ever been on TV?

No. But my daughter, Heather, was Groundhog Queen in the movie "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray. Does that count?

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Hi Paulette - Also, Happy Birthday!

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Joyce Iasillo Gipson has left an In Memory comment for John Errera.
Jul 28, 2023 at 7:54 PM

Rest in eternal peace, John. I did not know you in school but in reading Keith's comments I feel I know more now. You have a kind face and, Keith, your tribute is so warm and honest. I am sorry for his family's loss and also sorry for his friends. Thank you for serving our country.

Joyce Iasillo Gipson has left an In Memory comment for Robert Barkley.
Jun 03, 2023 at 7:11 PM

Bobby was a good friend. We lived in the two flat his family owned on Lockwood and they lived on the second floor. We played board games in the basement, sat on the stoop with my sister, Judy (2007) and had a lot of laughs. He was always smiling and had a contagious laugh. His life was not easy at home but he prevailed. I am only sorry we lost touch with one another and I only now found out that he passed away 20 years ago. Thanks for the memories, Bobby. Love, Joyce

May 13, 2023 at 12:18 AM
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May 08, 2023 at 8:22 PM

I had Mr. Milanesi for two years. He was a kind, patient teacher whose methdology consisted of speaking nothing but French once you crossed the threshold into his classroom. It seems he had a full life and his picture looked fantastic. RIP, Mr. Milanesi or Reposez en paix.

Joyce Iasillo Gipson has left an In Memory comment for her Profile.
Apr 16, 2023 at 5:55 PM

I did not know Don, personally, but I read The Daily Herald article in addition to what was added here. The glowing tributes are a testimony to him as an exceptional human being among so many other things. I am sorry for the loss to his family and friends. My thoughts are with them as they grieve. It was so good to see the picture of the business card posted by you, Steve. It brought a smile to my face. What terrific memories you must hold. Thank you. Joyce Iasillo Gipson

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Feb 25, 2023 at 9:02 PM

Happy Birthday, Barb! It's been awhile. Do you leave the area for the winter? Near, far, whever you are, Happy Happy Birthday, beautiful lady!

Joyce Iasillo Gipson has left an In Memory comment for Carl Menconi.
Feb 18, 2023 at 6:57 PM

I did not know Carl in High School. Much later on in life we met by chance when he owned a space next to my brother up in The Dells, WI. My brother told me his neighbor went to Austin. After that we had many get togethers. Carl was active in the town he lived in, Addison. He was a CPA and was an officer in The Italian American Club. We couldn't go anywhere, even Downtown Chicago, without someone knowing him. It was uncanny. He was generous with his time and was on the committee that ran the Columbus Day parade in Chicago. My great nieces got to ride on a float with me. It was such a thrill. He had a home in Italy and he loved his family and friends. A giant of a man in stature and heart and soul.  I thank God for the hapchance circumstance that allowed us to be friends long after Austin. Gone but not forgotten, Carl. Love, Joyce

Feb 05, 2023 at 2:00 PM
Jan 03, 2023 at 9:30 PM

Marie was my cousin. Our fathers were brothers and we grew up under the same roof in a 3 flat on Cicero and Erie. She was born in France and had dual citizenship. She was quite the typist back in the day when we used manual Underwoods at Austin and we chose careers or college. She was recruited right out of high school by four lawyers in Downtown Chicago and worked hard from that time on. My sister and I were younger and she was so good to us after landing that great job. We had so many great times together and remained close through the years. She passed away suddenly after a family trip with her children to Florida. Rest in peace, dear cousin. Thanks for the memories.

Joyce Iasillo Gipson has left an In Memory comment for Glen Telchuk.
Nov 22, 2022 at 6:24 PM

Yes, I also heard at that time that he wanted the others to be rescued first. There is a disparity between dates I see online and when the accident happened. While I have had a response from his sister, Gail, I do not feel comfortable asking why. Losing her brother, no matter what date is posted, is a tragedy. Thanks for your comment, Rich.

Joyce Iasillo Gipson has left an In Memory comment for Glen Telchuk.
Nov 20, 2022 at 7:06 PM

I received a message in Classmates from Glen's sister, Gail. Gail and her sister did not attend Austin. Both graduated from Orr. Gail shared that Glen was supposed to go to Our Lady of Angels when they moved into that area just before that tragic fire that took so many lives. However, their enrollment was no longer open so he attended another Catholic elementary school.

Gail shared this today after I reached out to her to ask permission to place Glen in our pages:


"I’m sure my mom and dad would have appreciated that. It is definitely OK with me. My brother was a talented artist. I learned later in life that he was well loved by many of our elderly neighbors whom he visited with often and would take care of things around their homes that needed to be done. He was definitely one of a kind."

Rest in peace, Glen. Joyce


Oct 18, 2022 at 11:25 AM

Happy Birhtday, Ms. Fallert. I am an administrator on this website. It is a treat to see a teacher on board. Austin was wonderful and Chicago Public Schools promised an excellent education back then. I am glad you found your niche and that it brought you joy. Celebrate your special day. Joyce Iasillo Gipson '65

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