Dominick Cinciripini

January 31, 1926 ~ May 3, 2022 (age 96)

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Domenico Cinciripini was born January 31, 1926 in Pittsburg Pennsylvania to parents Giulia Manroni and Rosino Cinciripini. The Cinciripini’s immigrated from Ascoli Piceno, Italy to the United States via Ellis Island. Domenico’s childhood and that of his family was saddled by the Great Depression, their life was one of deprivation and poverty, every day a struggle to put food on the table. Times were so hard Domenico begged for soup bones at the local butcher so his mother could make broth for the family of 10 daughters and sons. He joined the US Navy when he was 18 years old, becoming a war hero after being injured on a naval carrier that came under enemy fire. A proud veteran of WW II, he returned to America, married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Ruth Kerr, received an MBA at George Washington University, and went on to enjoy an illustrious career where he was principal interface between the Pentagon and NASA, working directly with the famed aerospace engineer and inventor, Wernher Von Braun, at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. Domenico functioned as principal financial architect in the development of the Saturn I, IB, and V rocket that lifted all of the Apollo lunar missions into outer-space.

After an early retirement Domenico traveled the world, upon his return to America he discovered a passion for yoga and eastern philosophy, he studied under the Indian yoga guru, Swami Vishnu-Devananda, graduating as a certified yoga master, he and Judith Scasserra married, and after extensive traveling across the Americas they settled down in their beloved land of enchantment, New Mexico. With newly born twin daughters Rosa and Theresa, Domenico rejoined government civil service working for the Bureau of Land Management in Santa Fe, where he dedicated himself to creating a positive work environment, exposing inequities within the system and helping bring justice to those who were discriminated against. A devoted father, grandfather and husband, Domenico worked as a full-time humanitarian, volunteering at various soup kitchens in Santa Fe. His goal was to engender a more benevolent and kind uplifting for the lesser privileged within the community and world at large.

Domenico is survived by his daughters Rosa Jennings, Theresa Cinciripini and sons Tony Cinciripini and Mario Stephens. 


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