BARRE - Claire June Padolecchia Lucchina, 73, a longtime resident of Barre, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
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Claire was born on June 30, 1940, in Rutland, to Remo T. and Frances E. (Jones) Padolecchia. She graduated from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Grammar School in Rutland, Rutland High School and the Mary Fletcher School of Nursing in Burlington. On Oct. 10, 1960, Claire married George G. Lucchina, M.D., Ph.D., in Rutland. Following the wedding, they lived in Pensacola, Fla., Oxnard, Calif., and Essex Junction, Vt., before relocating to Barre where she had since resided. They later divorced.
Mrs. Lucchina had a long career as a registered nurse. She was employed at several hospitals, extended-care facilities, school districts and summer camps. Most recently, she worked at Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in Berlin. Mrs. Lucchina was known for her compassion and dedication to her patients and their families.
Claire was involved in many organizations in Barre and around Vermont. While her children were young, she was an active participant in the Barre City public schools, PTA, Girl Scouts and 4-H. Claire was a member of the Vermont YWCA, Vermont Historical Society, St. Monica Parish, Catholic Daughters, NAWCC, Central Vermont Hospital Auxiliary, Philomathians, and member and two-term president of the Granite Center Garden Club. Claire enjoyed spending time with family, friends and pets, and belonged to a "Birthday Club" comprised of close friends. She also enjoyed playing cards and belonged to a local bridge club. Claire's other interests included cooking, flower arranging, gardening, reading, sewing, stenciling, home decorating and antiques.
Mrs. Lucchina is survived by her longtime companion, Howard F. Paxman of Barre; as well as three daughters, Laurie A. Lucchina, Ph.D., of Barre, Leslie C. Lucchina, M.D., and son-in-law Thomas E. MacGillivray, M.D., and granddaughter, Caroline Grace, of Boston, Mass., and Sarah L. Lucchina, Esq., of Barre.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013, at St. Monica Parish, 79 Summer Street, Barre. Burial will be in Plymouth Notch Cemetery, Plymouth, and Hope Cemetery, Barre.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Lucchina's name to the Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St., Barre, VT 05641; and the Central Vermont Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601.
The Lucchina family is most grateful to the staff of the Fletcher Allen Health Care intensive care units for the outstanding care provided to Claire during her illness.
Arrangements are by Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, Barre.
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Published in Times Argus on Aug. 19, 2013