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. He is 16 now and has an interest in Sports Management.


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. I worked at 15 and had honor classes at Austin so I was busy. I was responsible for my much younger siblings (2 brothers, 7 and 9 years younger) due to circumstances at home. No time for social events.

What were you in High School?

Singer/Band Member
A Geek
Other Shy, GAA, American Girl

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 decorated floats with paper carnations we made for Homeconing. 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. We walked to school and came home for lunch, stopping at the penny candy store on the way back. Double Dutch jump rope in playground. I was a tomboy and all the boys on our block from St. Mel Holy Ghost hung out with my sister, Judy and me. The girls from St. Mel were feminine but we were athletic and loved the boys.

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?


If yes, Where,When & What Field of Study.

Epic University-2013 - Certifications in Op-Time Anesthesia. Also iSirona certifications for interfaces to medical devices.

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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May 12, 2024 at 3:33 AM
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Joyce Iasillo Gipson has left an In Memory comment for Ernie Brain.
Apr 07, 2024 at 4:53 PM

My condolences to Ernie's family and friends, past and present. I graduated with his sister, Beverly Brain. Beverly passed away in 2000 but the link in Ernie's In Memory does not mention it. Often times there is more than one link to the passing of a loved one and I found this one which I feel paints a more complete pictures of the person you all knew. There are more tributes in this link as well. Eternal peace to you, Ernie. Your footprint in time will live on.

Joyce Iasillo Gipson '65


Feb 25, 2024 at 3:21 PM

Happy Birthday, Barb! Make special memories with Robert and your family and friends on your special day. Near, far, wherever you are! Lots of love. Joyce

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Hi Paulette - Also, Happy Birthday!

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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