Adolph M. Maestranzi, a Special Olympics silver medalist, memorialized after his death at 70

Apr 22, 2022 317

BY: Maureen O'Donnell

Adolph Maestranzi was born with Down syndrome in 1951, at a time many parents were told it might be best to institutionalize a child with the condition and move on with their lives. Instead, his parents Ben and Madelyn Maestranzi raised him in a home filled with music, good food and love from his four siblings.

“My brother went on to live a rich, full life,” his sister Loretta Maestranzi said. After his father taught him to play bocce ball — and his brother Bart coached him — Mr. Maestranzi won a silver medal in the Illinois state Special Olympics.

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