Lorraine Gnecco, computer scientist and world traveler, dies at 72

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Lorraine Gnecco

Lorraine Gnecco, whose life took her from computer programming to world travel, but whose “home page” was Amityville, passed away on October 15, 2019. She was 72 years old.

Ms. Gnecco was born January 13, 1947 and graduated from Amityville High School in 1964. She attended the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx to study mathematics and landed her first postgraduate job at the John Hancock Mutual Life Assurance Company in Boston. , as a computer programmer. It was here that she was not only introduced to her love of programming, but also the love of her life, Stephen Legomsky, whom she eventually married.

“She was a wonderful and bright person, always very cheerful and generous, and a beloved figure in the community,” her husband said. They had been together for 48 years.

Ms Gnecco eventually left John Hancock in 1972 and traveled extensively at home and abroad with her husband as part of her work and education, eventually settling in St. Louis in 1981 so that Legomsky could accept a post of professor of law at the University of Washington.

By this time, Ms. Gnecco had left the workforce and instead chose to work from home and fully immerse herself in the lives of their children as well as in the culture and community of the University and the surrounding area. .

“She was extremely active at the University of Washington at the St. Louis Women’s Club, where she helped overseas women and children settle,” her husband said.

She volunteered for University City in Bloom, a nonprofit organization that designs, plants and maintains more than 200 public gardens and planters throughout University City, a suburb of St. Louis. She also volunteered at a local pantry serving meals to the needy and donated her time to an organization for adults with developmental disabilities.

During her work, Ms. Gnecco exercised her mind, but in her spare time, she enjoyed exercising her body.

“She loved Zumba, folk dancing, exercise classes and hiking,” her husband said. “But his greatest joy was his children and grandchildren.” He added that she was an avid reader who also enjoyed visiting the botanical gardens, traveling and socializing with family and friends. His greatest memory with his wife was visiting different parts of the world as visiting professors.

“Living together in places like New Zealand, Singapore,

Australia, Portugal and the UK have been one of the highlights of our lives, ”said Legomsky. “I was invited to teach and do research at universities in these countries and others, and we went exploring, made friends, and hiked a lot. Children were part of these trips when they were little and really enjoyed them. ”

Ms. Gnecco is survived by her husband Stephen Legomsky, her children Kathryn Erena Legomsky and her husband Michael Posner of Washington, DC, and Anne Rusk Legomsky and her husband Will Delano. Her grandchildren, Lola June Delano of St. Louis and Marco Rusk Posner and Kai Nathaniel Posner, both of Washington, DC; he is also survived by his siblings Rusk Gnecco from Amityville and Stephan Andrew Gnecco and his wife Jeanne of St. Antonio as well as his sisters-in-law Diane Legomsky and her husband Donald Abel of Bloomington, Indiana and Joanne Legomsky of Washington, DC

Ms. Gnecco is predeceased by her parents Mary and Lawrence, her brother Christopher, and in-laws Jack and Pauline.

The funeral was held on October 18 under the direction of Lupton Chapel, 7233 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri. Interment followed later that day at Bellefontaine Cemetery, 4947 West Florissant Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri.

Donations in memory of Ms. Gnecco can be made to UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, NY, NY 10038.


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