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Bucci, Rev. Michael J. 95

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1919-05-08
  • Died: 2014-07-31
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Rev. Michael J. Bucci, 95, of Connellsville, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014, in St. Anne's Home, Greensburg. He was born May 8, 1919, in Monessen, a son to the late Panfilo and Julia (Defuria) Bucci in Monessen. His home parish was the former St. Cajetan Parish in Monessen. After graduating from Monessen High School In 1937, Father Bucci worked at Page Steel Mill and Wire Co. He joined the Pennsylvania National Guard in early 1941 before World War II began and his unit was later activated as part of the 28th Division of the Army. After more than a year in the infantry, Father Bucci applied for Cadet Flying School, part of the Army Air Corps. He completed bombardier training and flew 50 missions in B-14s, receiving numerous medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, and was commissioned a first lieutenant. After returning home, Father Bucci again worked at Page Steel, then U.S. Steel, at Irvin Works, and attended the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1952 with a degree in business administration and personnel management. In 1958, he entered St. Francis Seminary in Loretto and, May 26, 1962, he was ordained a priest by Bishop William Connare, in Father Bucci's home parish in Monessen. Shortly after being ordained, he was assigned to St. Rita Parish in Connellsville as an assistant pastor. He then worked in the chancery business office at the diocesan headquarters in Greensburg, followed by four years at St. Joseph Minor Seminary. In 1971, he received his first pastorate in Leisenring, serving seven years at St. Vincent DePaul Church. In 1978, Father Bucci returned to St. Rita Church as pastor, where he remained until his retirement in 1994. He considered Connellsville his home and remained there throughout his retirement. Father Bucci, at age 95, was the oldest priest of the Diocese of Greensburg. Father Bucci faithfully visited the sick at local hospitals. He always had a love of the outdoors and his favorite pastimes included golfing and skiing, both loves he passed on to his nephews. Father Bucci was predeceased by his siblings, Esther Monroe, Guido Bucci, Michael Bucci, Flora Gallo, Violet Colletti, Helen Keffel and Amanda Bucci. He is survived by a brother, Romeo (Dolores) Bucci, of Monessen; and a sister, Stella Adamchik, of Pittsburgh; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family of Father Bucci would like to thank Your Comforting Care and St. Anne's Home for the wonderful care given to their beloved brother and uncle. Family and friends will be received from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, 724-628-1430. A vigil service will then be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in St. Rita Roman Catholic Church, 116 S. Second St., Connellsville. Afterwards, viewing will continue in the church until 9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday in the church in the presence of the Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brant, JCD, Ph.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, and with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Everyone please go directly to the church. A committal service and interment will follow in St. Rita's Cemetery. Military rite will be conducted by the Connellsville VFW and American Legion Honor guard. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Rita Roman Catholic Church.
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Driesen, Judith A. 77

  • Born: 1937-04-21
  • Died: 2014-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Beach Funeral Home, Melbourne, Fla. | Get Directions
  • A service will be held at Belle Vernon Cemetery, 1000 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at 2 p.m. A gathering will be held at the Back Porch, 114 Speers St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
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