Fred Pulicicchio "Mr. Paul" Born on August 12, 1933 passed away on January 27, 2014 after a ten month battle with cancer. He was at home surrounded by his loving family. He was raised in International Falls, Minnesota by Pasquale and Margaret Pulicicchio who immigrated from Italy. Fred attended the University of Minnesota on football and hockey scholarships. He played football for two years and was a goal tender for the hockey team and an active member of ROTC. Fred and his team members were awarded Silver medals for participation in the N.C.A.A. Hockey Championship Game of 1954. He married Elna in 1955. He worked full time at night at a steel mill and part time at a bank to support his family. He graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree. At first he taught high school and coached hockey in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1962, he moved to Tacoma, Washington with his wife Elna and five children. He taught Math at Fife High School, coached football, and taught Driver's Education. He was also a negotiator for the Teacher's Education Association. He belonged to: Sons of Italy, Knights of Columbus, and Coach of the Fast Pitch Girl's Baseball Team called the "Asarco Road Runners". His interests included all sports, wood-working, 10K running, bocce ball tournaments, hunting, playing cards, traveling, and puzzles; but his family's activities always came first. He is survived by his wife Elna of 58 years, eight children and their spouses: Jon, Jerry (Kim), Jody, Joseph (Carol), Janine (Danny), Justina (John), Janetta (Josh), and Jason (Jodi), twenty-two grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents and siblings; Vincent and Lillian. A Rosary Service will be held at Whiteside Mortuary Chapel on February 6th at 7 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held on February 7th at 12 noon at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, both located in Elma, Washington. A Memorial Mass and reception will be held in Tacoma at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on February 13th at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Fred's name to
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) from Feb. 4 to Feb. 9, 2014