Vincent "Luke" Santucci, Jr., 29, 7705 Anthony Highway, Waynesboro, died Friday, July 27, 2012, at his home in Waynesboro. Luke was born April 29, 1983, in Pittsburgh, the son of Vincent L. Santucci, Sr., of Gettysburg, and the late Rosemary Linda Holma (Aubele). His name "Luke" was handed down for generations and he is among many who share this name in the family. Luke enjoyed a wonderful childhood living initially in Pittsburgh, and residing in several national parks including: Badlands National Park in South Dakota, Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Fossil Butte National Monument in Wyoming. But Pittsburgh was always considered home for Luke, with many cousins, uncles, aunts and the grandparents who enriched his life and from who he learned about "family". Luke was a great fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, played little league, enjoyed camping and swimming. Luke attended West Yellowstone Middle School and surprised us all with his skills as a star football running back. Our family home preserves many of Luke's trophies, childhood artwork and other heirlooms which are part of his life's story. The travels to Gettysburg and other historic sites inspired an interest in history within Luke. In 2005 Luke, his brother Jake and Dad traveled to Europe to visit historic sites, military battlefields and WWII sites such as Omaha Beach. Luke dreamed of his next adventure to Alaska. Luke attended both Northgate High School in Pittsburgh and Kemmerer High School in Wyoming. He was an accomplished chef who was passionate about creating new dishes and keeping everyone well fed. People were drawn to Luke by his warm and friendly personality, his radiant smile, piercing blue eyes and his genuine loving "bear hug". He was passionate about life and wanted to experience it every day which he did. Many lives were touched by Luke and he will leave a legacy as a kind and loving son, brother, uncle and friend. We look forward to playing catch with you again someday Luke. In addition to his father Luke was survived by a step-mother, Bianca Santucci of Gettysburg; one brother, Jacob Thomas Santucci of Chambersburg; four sisters, Sarah Amber Ryan of Pittsburgh, Bethany Suzanne DeGraeve of Gettysburg, Brianna Alexis Santucci of Gettysburg, Abigail Maryann Santucci of Gettysburg; two step-brothers, D. J. Bucci of Slippery Rock, Jeffrey Bucci Hanover; a step-sister, Sarah Elizabeth Bucci of Gettysburg; and three nieces, Syndey Ryan, Cheyenne DeGraeve and Haley Santucci. Luke is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Mary Ann Barnett and Dominic Frank Santucci of Pittsburgh, and his maternal grandparents, Gilbert Aubele Sr. and Rosemary (Weaver) Aubele of Pittsburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, High St., Gettysburg, with Fr. Bernardo Pistone celebrant. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg. There will be a viewing at Monahan Funeral Home in Gettysburg on Friday from 4 until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 until 10:15 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to "Survivors" an organization dedicated to support victims of domestic violence, P.O. Box 3572, Gettysburg, PA, 17325. On-line obituary and condolences available at monahanfuneralhome.com
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Published in Public Opinion on Aug. 2, 2012