According to the Bible, Mothers are depicted as honorable beings worthy of the love and respect of their children and the entire community. If ever there were a person who embodied this definition, it was, without question, our mother. Fun-loving, always ready for an adventure and self-proclaimed big kid, Lucille A. Bush, 87 of Endwell, NY and originally from Scranton, PA passed away peacefully on November 18, 2021 after a brief illness.
Born to Joseph and Lucy Carlucci on November 12, 1934, our mother grew up on the West Side of Scranton surrounded by her large, Italian family where the lessons in life were simple and a little Catholic guilt could go a long way. The beautiful girl with dark hair and hazel eyes excelled in everything she did from sewing a dress to singing. Very smart academically, Mom would always tell us how well she scored on her aptitude tests, and how her counselor would tell her, "Lucille, you can be anything you want to be." She was proud of that because, indeed, Mom could do anything. She was an excellent cook, creating beautiful dinners, holiday meals and parties; she could add numbers in her head faster than you could enter them on a calculator; a talented ceramicist, she won several awards for technique; and most importantly she was ever ready with love that flowed unconditionally – she was Mommy.
For more than 60 years our parents called Endicott home and together built a wonderful life for us all. Where my father taught us lessons in the value of hard work and responsibility, Mom was the confidant, your ride or die, and the original BFF (best friend forever). She was everything, and deserving of the love and respect of her family and friends. Our house was the fun house -- the place to be because it was so welcoming no matter who you were, or what time you showed up. To this day childhood friends still speak highly of both Mom and Dad, and the way they were made to feel like family.
Always the go getter, Mom sold real estate, was the head cook for Broome Community College, as well as the finance manager for the BC Pops and Binghamton Philharmonic. Our mother led a full life, enjoying family vacations, several cruises with our father and their friends, ballroom dancing and family businesses. Along with our father she was a member of the Cadence Club, Let's Dance, the Valley Cotillion and the Southern Tier Corvette Club.
Predeceased by our father, Frank in 2015, Mom is survived by her children Mark Bush, Pamela (Joe) Vattai, Susan (Steven) Smith; grandchildren, Joseph and Anthony Vattai, Christopher Bush, and Steven Smith, Jr.; several cousins and special friends, Theresa Boris, Anita Finch, Patti Knight and Nettie Williams, and her personal caregivers.
Mommy, there aren't enough words to adequately express our love and gratitude. You were our rock, the one to keep us grounded, and the arms to hold us tightly.
A Funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 10:30 AM at St. Ambrose Church 203 Washington Ave. Endicott, NY. Entombment will follow at Riverhurst Cemetery, Endwell, NY. The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 AM until time of Mass at 10:30 AM.
Published by Pucedo Funeral Home from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2021.