Alice A. Fanucci, 95, of Jessup, died Saturday at Lackawanna Health Care and Rehab Center. Her husband, Claude A. Fanucci, died June 26, 2003, after the couple had been married for almost 60 years.
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Born in the Riverside section of Archbald, in the front bedroom of her parents' house, she was the daughter of Rigo and Anna Chiapparoli Lemoncelli. In that house she lived through her years in Archbald public schools and Lackawanna Business College. She married in 1944 and continued to live in her parents' house, or the house they owned next door. She and her husband owned a jewelry store, first on Bridge Street and then on Church Street, in Jessup. In the late 1950s she moved to East Orange, N.J., where she took a job as a bookkeeper for a dry cleaning business. She became the store's manager of every phase of the operation.
When the business was sold, she became a jewelry clerk in a large department store in Newark, and went to school to study store display and marketing. She was succesful, as always, but a better employment opportunity presented itself in a factory producing metal tools and parts. She became a line inspector of trial pieces, which she had to approve before production of the piece could begin. In this, too, she excelled. She moved to Middlesex, N.J., where she and her husband bought their first house. She was happy to be near her sister, Helen, and family. When her husband retired, she returned to this area and lived in Peckville and Jessup.
She and her husband were ardent travelers and went to Europe almost every year. They lived most often with relatives in Genoa and Sassoferrato, Italy, for extended stays, during which they used rail passes to visit many European countries. They also traveled extensively in North America. She was an active member of the Audubon Society and enjoyed surveying bird populations during migration.
She is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins, whom she loved and helped, and who loved her in return.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Leo and Rigo; and four sisters, Edith Ghilardi, Irene Mazzacco, Helen Mazzacco and Alice Lemoncelli; two nieces, Julie Mazzacco and Lorraine Ghilardi; and a nephew, Claude Mazzacco.
The funeral will be Tuesday with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Willow Street, Peckville. Interment, St. Mary's Assumption Cemetery in Montdale.
Her family will receive relatives and friends at the church on Tuesday from 9 until Mass time.
Arrangements by Arthur A. Albini Funeral Home, Jessup.
Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 22, 2013