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RAUCCI: Lucia Matias Vadi Raucci, "Lucy", age 63 of West Haven, entered into eternal peace, Wednesday February 20, 2013 at her home with her loving family by her side.
Lucy was born June 24, 1949 in Salinas, Puerto Rico the loving daughter of Gonzalo and Adela Matias. Lucy's parents brought her to Connecticut in 1950 and she was proud to call it home ever since, even running for public office as her district's State Representative. A hairstylist, Lucia operated her own salon in the Bridgeport area for many years and later was a featured stylist at several local salons, including Hair Groves and Salina's in Bridgeport. Her passion for hairstyling led Lucy to share her knowledge and skill with others as an instructor at both Leon's and National Academy. Lucy was an active member of the Women's Democratic Association and fearless advocate for the people of her community. She battled with breast cancer and was an impassioned patient advocate and speaker at Smilow Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Lucy is greatly missed by her family and friends and her memories will remain cherished forever by them.
Lucy is predeceased by her loving parents, Gonzalo and Adela, and three siblings Concepcion Torres, Gonzalo Matias Jr. and Joe Beilty Matias. She is survived by her devoted husband and friend, Edward Raucci, her daughters, Tina Marie (Pablo) Figueroa of West Haven, CT and Edanya (Joseph) Buckley of Terryville, CT and her grandson Jakob Buckley. Lucy also leaves behind her siblings Josephine Matias, Angelia Matias and Anna (Juan) Maldonado as well as a host of extended family and friends.
Friends may greet the family and offer their condolences on Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at Community Funeral Chapels 798 Park Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604 (203)334-9999.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 11:30AM at St. George Parish Bridgeport, CT 06604. Interment to follow at 1:00PM in Mountain Grove Cemetery 2675 North Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Light a virtual candle for Lucy at www.communityfuneralchapels.com
Published in Connecticut Post from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2013