Ann Marie Deluca

Nov. 9, 2012

Ann Marie Rydzy Deluca, 75, of Dupont passed away on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre, following an illness.

She was the wife of Malcolm Deluca, to whom she was married for 50 years.

Born Sept. 5, 1937, in Dupont, she was a daughter of the late Valentine and Caroline Kluck Rydzy. She was a graduate of Dupont High School. Ann Marie was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church), Pittston. She was preceded in death by her infant son, Joseph, in 1964 and her niece, Rose Marie Gilhooley. She worked for many years in the garment industry but was most proud of her job as "Grammy" to Sally, Dante, Anthony, Dominic and Nicolas. She was very active in the Dupont community with various roles at the Little League and with the Dupont Coal Crackers. Mrs. Deluca was past president of the Dupont PTA and a member of the Pittston Area booster club. She spent the last years of her life following her grandchildren at the West Pittston Little League, West Pittston Rams and Wyoming Area Field Hockey, Football, Basketball and Track. She never missed a game.

She is survived by her son Carl, his wife, Ree Ree, and their children, Sally, Dante and Dominic Deluca, West Pittston; daughter Lisa and her husband, Anthony Nardell, and their children, Anthony and Nicolas, West Pittston. She is also survived by her brother, Charles Rydzy of Dupont. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Grammy was the center of the Deluca family and the first to greet her grandchildren after every sporting event. She and her husband, Malcolm, encouraged their family to be kind, loving and generous. She was "Grammy" to many people and a true example that family comes first.

Relatives and friends may join the Deluca family for visitation on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Graziano Funeral Home, 700 Township Blvd., Pittston Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from St. Joseph Marello Parish (Our Lady of Mount Carmel R.C. Church), Pittston, at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Celebrant will be the Rev. Paul McDonnell O.S.J. Funeral services will begin at 9 a.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday. Interment will take place in St John's the Evangelist Cemetery, Pittston, at the convenience of the family.

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Published in Times Leader on Nov. 10, 2012