Joseph Gallucci, 104, formerly of Fairmont and Bonita Springs, Florida, died Friday (March 17, 2017) in Bonita Springs, Florida.
Joe was born in San Marco la Catola, Italy, the son of Pietro and Consiglia (Tutalo) Gallucci.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise (Muto), of 68 years; his sister, Anna Cinelli; brother, Dan Gallucci; daughter-in-law, Judy Gallucci; and sister-in-law, Helen Gallucci. Joe is survived by sons, Ron Gallucci (Diana Wathall) of Bonita Springs, Florida, and Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, Dr. Gary Gallucci (Maria) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and daughter, Cecelia Price (David) of Naples, Florida, and Morgantown; grandchildren, Mark Gallucci (Tina), Christine Holmes (Jeff), Aimee Price Epps, Gabriella O'Mara (Jim), Adam Gallucci; and great-grandchildren, Ryan and Justin Gallucci and Eric, Megan and Sarah Holmes. Also surviving are nephew, Daniel Gallucci (Marie); niece, Linda Cinelli; and sister-in-law, Yvonne Gallucci.
Joe came to Fairmont from Italy in 1929 at the age of 17 and later graduated from Fairmont Senior High School. He served in the Marines in Guam during WWII and then worked for the Marion County Board of Education as a finish carpenter-cabinet maker. He loved his work and enjoyed making friends with the principals, teachers and students. Joe loved to ballroom dance with Louise, to paint, to play cards and to take his children swimming, hiking, ice skating and biking, long before exercising was vogue. Joe was very talented; he designed and built his own home, he was commissioned to paint people's homes and animals. He was the barber for the Marine troops, he raised a garden which supplied the family fruits and vegetables all year long and always shared his plants with friends and neighbors. The family enjoyed eating Louise's pasta every Sunday, when there was usually a guest at the table. Louise made her sauce from Joe's tomatoes.
He was governor of the Moose Club, where he achieved their highest honor, Pilgrim Degree. Joe was also a member of American Legion, VFW and the Eagles. Joe and Louise attended St Peter's Catholic Church in Fairmont and St Leo's in Bonita Springs. After retiring, Joe and Louise wintered in Bonita Springs until they moved there permanently in 2005. After Louise's death, Joe alternated living with his three children.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home, 28300 Tamiami Trail So., Bonita Springs, FL 34134. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Private burial will follow at Palm Royale Cemetery in Naples, Florida. Memorials may be made to AVOW Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105.
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.ShikanyFuneralHome.com.
Published on March 20, 2017