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Russell DeLuca

1925 - 2016 Notice Condolences

Russell S. DeLuca, retired secondary school principal for the Newark Board of Education, New Jersey, passed away on September 16, 2016 in Columbia, Maryland at the age of 91. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Mr. DeLuca was an army veteran of World War II. He served with the 29th infantry division, 116th regiment, company K, from the breakthrough of St. Lo to Vire in Normandy, France between July and August 1944. Mr. DeLuca was a purple heart recipient for wounds sustained in the night attack at Vire on August 6, 1944. He was the sole survivor of his platoon. He was awarded the Bronze Star, two battle stars, Good Conduct Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Normandy Liberation Medal, and the Victory Medal. In May, 2014, he also received the Legion of Honor Medal from the French government. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign wars and Disabled American Veterans. Mr. DeLuca was a 1949 graduate of New Jersey State Teachers College of Newark with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received a Master's degree in Administration and Supervision in 1960 from Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. He was a mechanical draftsman for Foster Engineering Company and Stanley Tools in Newark. He started his educational career as an Industrial Arts teacher at School #6, Patterson, N.J. After one year, he transferred to Webster Junior High in Newark where he later became the principal. He was also principal of Newark Evening High School and Chestnut Street School before retiring after 38 years as a Newark educator. Mr. DeLuca was married to the deceased Evelina DeLuca for 55 years. He is survived by his son Dr. Russell R. DeLuca, daughter- in-law, Dr. Sarah K. Park of Clarksville, Maryland and granddaughters Gena Marie DeLuca and Sarah Michelle DeLuca. He is also survived by brother Alfred DeLuca and his wife Phyllis of Milburn, N.J. along with nephews and nieces. He was also preceded in death by two brothers Jerome and Carmine. He was a communicant of St. Catherine of Siena, Cedar Grove, N.J. and later, St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church of Columbia, Maryland. Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the Witzke Funeral Homes, Inc., 5555 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia, MD 21045 on Monday, September 19, 2016 from 6 to 9pm, A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 10:00am, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia, MD 21044. Interment Meadowridge Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Mnsgr Richard H. Tillman Endowment Fund, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd. Columbia, MD 21044.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Sept. 17, 2016
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