Mrs. Lucie V. Carpenito, 103, of Effort, formerly of East Orange, Hillside and Union, N.J., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the Brookmont Health Care Center, Effort.
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Born in West Orange, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Dominic and Candida (Visconti) Capozzi. During her teenage years, she studied music, eventually graduating from the Juliard School of Music, New York City, N.Y.
- She was the loving wife of the late Anthony Carpen-ito, who passed away Dec. 29, 1969.
Her first public performance was playing the piano during the Christmas season in a department store window, while spinning on a turntable. In 1943, she was hired by St. Leo Catholic Church, Irvington, N.J.
She spent a lifetime serving the Lord, playing the organ and praising the Lord with her musical talents at St. Leo's, Christ the King in Hillside, N.J., and St. Joseph's in Maplewood.
In her later years, she led the Catholic high school's music department, teaching music and giving piano lessons. She led her church choir at a public forum honoring Eleanor Roosevelt; however, her career was one of quiet and purposeful worship in song.
She spent more than 58 years in a career she loved dearly and finally retired in 2001 at the age of 91.
We have been truly blessed with the presence of Lucie in our lives and we give thanks for the way she has blessed our lives with treasured memories. She will be deeply missed by her loving son: Paul Carpenito, and his wife, Margaret "Meg" (Smiley) Carpenito, of Kunkletown. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Michael Carpenito, and his wife, Stacey; Michelle Millinger, and her husband, Sandy, and Lisa Petrozza, and her husband, Robert, all of Breinigsville, and Mark Christman, and his companion, Rachel Singelsether, of Kunkletown; and six great-grandchildren, Madison Carpenito, Olivia Christine, Emma Christine, Dante Andriulli, Lincoln Millinger and Riley Petrozza, all of Breinigsville.
Lucie has made many friends and touched many lives over the past 103 years and will be missed deeply by her friends and caregivers.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Marie Zurkowski, who died in 2001; and a son-in-law, Conrad Zurkowski, who died in 2006.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, St. Leo Catholic Church, Irvington, N.J. Interment, St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia, N.J. Call 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Donald N. Gower Funeral Home, Rt. 209, Gilbert, and 10-11 a.m. Monday in the church. Contributions in her name may be made to the church, 103 Myrtle Ave., Irvington, N.J., 07111, for the maintenance of the church organ. www.gowerfuneralhome.com.