July 19, 2003 Daily Review
Attilio "Leo" Marcucci, 104, formerly of William Street, Towanda, and Porter Road, Troy RR 3, passed away Thursday morning, July 17, 2003, at the Lehigh Center in Macungie, Pa.
He was born Feb. 17, 1899, in the town of Arcevia, Ancona Provence, Italy, by the Adriatic Sea, the fourth child of eight of the late Augustino and Agnese Contardi Marcucci. At that time in Italy there were no public schools after grade three so his formal education ended at the end of the third year.
Because of surgery and a disability his father was not able to work for several years, so "Leo" began his productive years at the age of 6. His first job was as a shepherd with a large flock of sheep and soon after he tended a flock of 48 turkeys. From this early age he held a variety of jobs. At the age of 10 he built a stone wall and at 12 worked with his mother making bricks.
In his early teens he was a stone mason and continued this type of work all his life "in his spare time." He built the fireplace, chimney and front steps at his former home on William Street, in Towanda.
One of the stone projects that he did can still be seen at the Marie Antoinette Overlook in the Wysox area. The stone wall and circular covered seatings were built by him and his cousin.
Between the ages of 17 and 20 Attilio fought with the Italian Army in World War I, with the Allies. He was always very proud of the medals he earned. Shortly after the Armistice he traveled to America. The crossing took 30 days from France to St. John's, Canada, where he boarded a train and came to Scranton, Pa. He worked for 7 ½ years in the anthracite coal mines in this area. For six months of a mine strike he worked in Philadelphia for the Pennsylvania Electric Co.
In 1926 he married Desolina Santarelli, and they raised a family of five children on a farm at Spring Hill. The family lived on this farm from 1928 to 1947. Attilio worked for Vandevort Mills in Laceyville and Wysox and then for GTE Sylvania (Osram) until his retirement.
He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Towanda, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2191, Towanda; Sylvania Men's Club; Lodge Roma Madre Order Sons of Italy No. 1342, Sayre.
Attilio and his wife, Lena, were charter members of the Towanda Senior Citizens. Attilio's special interests were his family, gardening and dancing. He also made dog houses and bird houses, 13 of which he donated to the Towanda Riverbank Project.
He is survived by three daughters, Francesca Homet of Troy, Alita Westover and her husband, Adam Westover of St. George, Utah, and Hope Plewak and her husband, Walter Plewak of Hendersonville, N.C.; a son, Togle Marcucci and his wife, Joan Marcucci, of Cherryville, Pa.; 20 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 68 years, Desolina; a daughter, Nancy Sommerfeldt; and a grandson, Maurice Marcucci.
The family will receive friends on Monday, July 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Recitiation of the Rosary will be held Monday morning at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 1 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Hughes, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 106 Third St., Towanda, Pa. 18848, in Attilio Marcucci's memory.