The Rev. Santino J. Fanucci

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The Rev. Santino J. Fanucci, a resident of Villa Saint Joseph, Dunmore, Pa., died on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre.

Father Fanucci, son of the late Santino and Marion V. Comerota Fanucci, was born in Jessup on Oct. 15, 1931. He received his early education in Jessup public schools, and attended St. Patrick's School, Olyphant, graduating from St. Paul's High School, Scranton. Father attended St. Charles College, Catonsville, Md., and graduated with his A.B. from St. Mary's, Paca Street, Baltimore, Md., in June 1954 and his S.T.B. from St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, Md., in June 1956. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 1958, in St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, by the Most Rev. Jerome D. Hannan, D.D., late bishop of Scranton.

Father Fanucci was assistant pastor at St. Ann's Church, Tobyhanna, and St. Francis of Assisi Church, Scranton. He served as chaplain of St. Joseph's Hospital, Hazleton, and was then assigned as assistant pastor at Most Precious Blood Church, Hazleton; St. John the Evangelist Church, Wilkes-Barre; Holy Rosary Church, Wilkes-Barre; St. Anthony of Padua Church, Dunmore; and St. Lucy's Church, Scranton. Father was named to his first pastorate at St. Joseph Church, White Mills, on Sept. 2, 1975, where he served 10 years until his appointment as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Nanticoke. Father was appointed pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Peckville on July 1, 1997, were he served until his retirement and appointment as pastor emeritus on July 10, 2007.

During his 56 years of priesthood, Father Fanucci served on the Diocesan School Board of Education and as dean of the Nanticoke and Mid-Valley deaneries. He was the moderator of the Bishop's Annual Appeal for the 1998 and 1999 campaigns.

Father Fanucci also took on many large building projects during his assignments. At his parishes in White Mills and Beach Lake, he helped build a new church, parish center and rectory. In Nanticoke, he helped renovate the existing church and rectory, and during his tenure as pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Peckville he pushed forward with a $1.3 million Parish Center project, which included religious education classrooms, a community room and auditorium with a new parking lot. Just before his retirement, Father held a mortgage burning ceremony to celebrate that the mortgage for the new parish center was completely paid off ahead of schedule.

After his retirement from active ministry, Father Fanucci continued to serve by helping his brother priests by celebrating daily and Sunday Masses in parishes where he was needed.

In addition to his parents, Father Fanucci was preceded in death by his two brothers, Angelo and Francis; and his sister, Sister Magdalene Fanucci, D.M.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Gloria Fanucci, Enterprise, Ala.; his nieces, Christine LaMonica, Hazleton, Pa.; and Joan Parrish, Chandler, Ariz.; his nephew, Francis X. Fanucci, Mobile, Ala.; his great-niece, Angela LaMonica Moore, Hazleton, Pa.; and great-nephews, Zachary and Luke Parrish and Samuel and Alex Fanucci.

A viewing will take place at the James M. Margotta Funeral Home, 1019 Main St., Peckville, on Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., bishop of Scranton, on Monday, May 19, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, Pa. Interment will be at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton. Funeral arrangements are provided by James M. Margotta Funeral Home, Peckville.
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Published in Scranton Times on May 17, 2014