Steve & Cody: When Dominick was in the hospital, he was battling for his life. He was in constant pain from the tumor and excruciating pain from bladder spasms. He was stronger, braver and more courageous then anyone I have ever experienced in my lifetime. He never complained, he followed every instruction from the doctors, nurses and his parents. Even when in pain, he would make little jokes to cheer his mom and dad up. While going through a bladder spasm, he was in such pain, Bill, his father, was at the bedside crying. Dominick looked up and said “this is no time for crying”, and the nurse turned and said to Dominick, “its ok Dominick, you can cry if you want to”, Dominick turned to the nurse and said “I’m not talking about me, I am talking about my dad!!!”. Dominick maintained his sweet, caring and fun loving personality all through this trying ordeal. I can only hope to have the strength and courage this 11 year old boy had in his life. God Bless Dominick Luchesi and his mom and dad, Bill and Angie Luchesi.
Bethel Baptist Church
7775 Collinsville Road
Troy, IL 62294
From Angie: As you all know, Dominick was a big baseball fan. We would like you to feel free to dress casually for both the visitation and funeral service. His baseball team was the Jr. Grizzlies and of course his passion was all about the Cubs. But please don’t feel like you need to buy anything. He enjoyed the rivalry between the Cards and Cubs. Also, if you feel more comfortable in traditional attire, certainly you can wear that. We just wanted you to know the invitation to be comfortable is there.
Visitation is on Friday August 3rd, 2012
Times as follows:
3:00pm – 4:00pm = Immediate Family Only
4:00pm – 8:00pm = Friends
Funeral Service is on Saturday August 4th, 2012
Times as follows:
10:00am – 11:00am = Immediate Family Only
11:00am = Funeral Service Starts.
Dominick Andrew Luchesi, 11, of Troy, Ill., born Jan. 9, 2001, in Maryville, Ill., died on Monday, July 30, 2012, at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Dominick was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Troy, Ill., and was going into the sixth grade at Triad Middle School. He enjoyed playing baseball and was on the Jr. Gateway Grizzlies Team. He was an avid Cubs fan and followed No. 25 – Derrick Lee.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Nick and Susanne Luchesi, and Alice Lewis.
Surviving are his parents, Bill and Angie, nee Lewis, Luchesi of Troy, Ill.; great-grandmother, Dorothea Juengel of Swansea, Ill.; grandparents, Kerry Lewis of Freeburg, Ill.; many aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of many friends.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at Bethel Baptist Church in Troy, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at the church with the Rev. Tim Lewis officiating. Interment in Friedens Cemetery, Troy, Ill.
Steve and Cody: We received a call from Angie at 4:30am. Dominick was in cardiac arrest and the nurses and doctors were doing CPR. We immediately drove to the hospital. Dominick Luchesi, 11 years old, passed away at 4:59am and is with God.
Please continue to support Bill and Angie through this most difficult time. Please keep Bill, Angie and family in your prayers. They will need strength to get through this sad ordeal.
I also would like to keep the spirit of Dominick Luchesi going by passing this on, and being aware of this rare and aggressive cancer. God Bless the Luchesi family and please give them the strength and love to pull through this.
ANGIE: He’s so agitated and really uncomfortable. Please pray he can get rest.
ANGIE: Domi needs prayer. Having hard time breathing. Putting on face mask and giving more Lasix.
ANGIE: Domi isn’t feeling up to many visitors today. So if you come up you’ll get stuck seeing Bill or me. Sorry. Thanks for understanding.
ANGIE: Doctors just rounded. Keeping him in ICU cause he’s been having hard time breathing due to fluid buildup. Kidney labs look good so they’re going to schedule Lasix every 12hrs and decrease IV fluids. They are also going to order a PT consult for tomorrow to help get him moving around again.
Please pray his body responds well to all these treatments. Thank you