Eugene De LUCIA (1921 - 2019)

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Thomas J. Brett Funeral Home
4810 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL
Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thomas J. Brett Funeral Home
4810 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
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Funeral Mass
Monday, Aug. 19, 2019
11:00 AM
St. John Vianney Catholic Church

De LUCIA, Dr. Eugene R. 98, of St Petersburg, Florida, passed away peacefully at his home on August 15, 2019. He was born May 25, 1921, in Dennison, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, Camillo and Gilda De Lucia; and three younger sisters, Ann Ochsendorf, Edna Michetti and Martha Di Maria. He graduated from Big Red High School in Steubenville, Ohio and enlisted in the National Guard in 1938. During World War ll, he was stationed in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan, where he met Catherine Hennessey, from Iowa. Both were World War II veteran officers. They married in 1946. He later graduated from Ohio State University and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. De Lucia started his family practice in Vienna, Ohio, where he treated generations of families, delivered babies, made house calls, and visited patients in the hospital. He helped found Warren General Hospital. He was the past president of the Ohio Osteopathic Association in 1969 and Outstanding Physician of the Year in 1993. He was among the first physicians to practice acupuncture in St Petersburg (1973). In 1973, his family moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. He is survived by his loving wife of 74 years, Catherine; their children, Camille Matthews (Charlie) of Tampa, Eugene De Lucia (Maristela) of St. Petersburg, Paul De Lucia ( Molly) of St Petersburg and Ann Rae (Don) of O'Brien, Florida; grandchildren, Anthony, Michael, Gina, Nico, Aria, Christopher, Paul, Nicholas, Jeremy, and great-grandchildren, Giovanni, Olivia, Wilde, and Emory. He was a member of St John Vianney Catholic church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Elks. He was an an avid golfer. Friends will be received at the Brett Funeral Home, 4810 Central Ave., Sunday, August 18, 2019 from 2-4 pm. Funeral Mass will be Monday, August 19, 2019 at 11 am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Entombment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Guestbook available at
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 17, 2019
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