In Remembrance of Michael John Carlucci

Michael John Carlucci

Michael John Carlucci

Dunmore, PA January 31, 1920 ~ September 7, 2014 Date of Service: September 11, 2014


Michael J. Carlucci, 94, a longtime Dunmore funeral director and pillar of the community, died Sunday evening in the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania.

Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late John “Jack” and Mary Coviello Carlucci. Together with his late parents and brother Leonard, he owned and operated the Carlucci Funeral Home. Mike attended Dunmore schools and graduated from St.Thomas High School in Scranton. He was a graduate of the American Academy of Funeral Service in New York City and was a licensed funeral director in Pennsylvania for over 65 years. A member of the greatest generation, he served honorably as a member of  the U.S. Army in the Medical Corps during WWII in the European, African, and Middle Eastern Theater of Operations. He was a member of SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish in Dunmore, The Dunmore-Rome Club, The San Cataldo Club in Dunmore, and the former Willow Club in Dunmore, and both The Lackawanna County Funeral Directors Association and Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association.

Known affectionately as “Uncle Mike” to many family and friends, he was an extremely generous and patriotic individual, always having an American flag visible in his funeral home for all to admire. Uncle Mike could be found spending many hours on the funeral home porch reading several newspapers everyday, waving and greeting those who walked and drove past.

He was a frequent diner in numerous Dunmore restaurants and was quick to generously treat someone to a drink or pay for their dinner.

His family would like to thank the many caregivers in his life over the past several years, this includes Terry, his devoted friend and neighbor Joan Deykes, the many nurses and aides at the Jewish Home and those that cared for him at his home.

Surviving are nine nieces and nephews, Thomas Cali and his wife Esther, State College, Maria Cali and Jay Cali, Dunmore, Michael Cali, Olyphant, Mary Lou Carlucci, Ithaca, NY, John Carlucci and his wife Lisa, Vestal, NY, Jack Carlucci, Voorhees, NJ, Ann Martino and her husband Vincent, Madison Township and Robert Carlucci and his wife Carla, Clarks Summit; two sisters-in-law, Victoria Carlucci, Vestal, NY, and Florence Carlucci, Dunmore, cousins Phyllis Wilding and her husband Michael, and Michelle Cawley, all of Dunmore and numerous great nieces and nephews and colleagues and friends from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc.

He was preceded in death by a sister Grace Cali and three brothers, Jack, Vito, and Leonard Carlucci.

The funeral will be Thursday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30am in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Smith Street in Dunmore. Interment with full military honors will follow the mass in St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, on
the family lot.

Friends may call Wednesday from 1-6pm

Memorial contributions may be made in Mike’s honor to the donor’s favorite charity.

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Peter Pascavage
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Cousin Mike
Reply #15 on : Thu September 11, 2014, 10:15:33
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Most memories of my cousin Mike are from my childhood - they are all good memories which my mind has thankfully stored safely away.
My mind goes way back to my grandparent's dinner table on a Sunday afternoon - much of the family is there having the Sunday meal together, following church earlier in the day.While the meal is going on, many friends and relatives stop by to say hello, as they usually did, and pay special homage to my grandparents, Michael and Philomena Coviello. One special guest was my favorite - cousin Mike(when very young I called him "uncle" like everyone else). Mike entered the room from the entrance way and typically stood at the end of the table: dressed in his typical black suit, black brimmed hat, black overcoat - all surrounding a kind face with a beaming smile, and a large cigar. His conversation was always punctuated with laughter- his happiness was exciting. This is how my mind remembers him.
I also thank him for his patience in explaining death, as he saw it, while at a viewing in the funeral home. I also thank him for letting me experience a person who to my knowledge, never said a cross word about any one.
Thanks Mike. Til we meet again.
Rosemary and Joseph Torda
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Mike
Reply #14 on : Wed September 10, 2014, 21:54:11
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So sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man from your family. We have known him for many years and every time we seen him he was so happy to see you. May he rest in peace and God bless the family.
Kim and Tom Shermanski
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Our deepest sympathies
Reply #13 on : Wed September 10, 2014, 17:52:02
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We are so sorry for the loss of "Uncle Mike." He was a wonderful man. He will be deeply missed. His kindness will never be forgotten. Sending much sympathy to his family.
Kim and Tom Shermanski
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Re: In Remembrance of Michael John Carlucci
Reply #12 on : Wed September 10, 2014, 16:46:34
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With deepest sympathy to all of Uncle Mike's family. He was a wonderful man and everyone loved him. He bought dinner for my dad, Bill Mecca and my entire family at Carmella's one evening. Just a small act of kindness he always showed toward everyone. He will be deeply missed.
brian kunda
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so sorry
Reply #11 on : Wed September 10, 2014, 13:51:27
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I used to pick up your garbage at your business and this is a long time ago , but mike would come and talk to me in such a pleasant matter.I would see him at Carmaelas in Dunmore and he would buy my dinner every time and not let me buy his,what a wonderful person Mike was, I wish to say I am so sorry for your loss and my prays are with you and Mike and your family , God Bless!
Susan Baloga
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A True Gem......
Reply #10 on : Wed September 10, 2014, 13:08:02
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Mike was a true gem...a one in a million..”Nothing but the Best!” I consider myself blessed not only to have worked years with him in the business but to have him as a friend. I don’t think I will ever meet anyone who could read the New York Times like he did…from front to back including the ads. I will never forget his refrigerator stock of sopressata; numbers don’t count (his response to the question of his age); the many lunch times together; the car trips with me being a passenger; sitting on the porch; his belief that "every days a holiday"; the memories are endless! I will continue to share those memories and he will forever remain in my heart! I can only imagine the reunion with his family as he was called “Home”…..you will always be “better than Gibbons” until we meet again my friend Rest in Peace!
Joseph M. Gregory
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Uncle Mike
Reply #9 on : Tue September 09, 2014, 21:14:25
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Maria, T, JP, and Michael, so sorry for your loss. He will always be "A-1" in my book. It was a privilege to know him. Such a great person! So many wonderful conversations and memories that will never be forgotten. From the reasons sopresatta should be sliced thick, never thin, to questioning why the New York Times charges too much money per line for obituaries! He was a truly unique person. But the best conversations of all were about family. He was a big part of my life growing up plus, all of my older uncles lives, from his generation. He shared so much "history" with me that the memories will last a lifetime.
Frank M. Gillette
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The Loss of a Great Man
Reply #8 on : Tue September 09, 2014, 15:27:26
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My deepest condolences to Uncle Mike's family he was a great man with a heart of gold. I will never forget sitting on the porch with him for hours and having dinner at his favorite place Carmella's his own private table and his famous greatings. This man has the wisdom of time and would turn no one away. He will stay in my mind and my son Brandon's mind and heart forever. What a great loss the Community of Dunmore has suffered. He was loved by many and made all feel like family. Uncle Mike, I will miss you my friend and each time I pass your funeral home the nicest in the County and a monument to you it will bring you to mind, you were a man that even in death you could make one feel good. Rest in Peace with Love and Happiness and remember our talk it isn't money that gets you to heaven, its what you do for people in need and in times of heartache. Save me a spot my friend, We will remember you always. God Bless and My Our Lord Send his Angels and Saints to guide you in to his eternal Kingdom, for the good you have done will never be forgotten, and I know god will welcome you with open arms. I pray that the Carlucci family will know they were loved by a man with such a big heart and that he will alway be there for you as he was in life. To his partners in the business he thought of you as being family and I know that he loved Tommy his special guy, along with the rest of you. My heart does out to all that new and loved him.
Annette Tenti Scep
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Deepest Sympathy
Reply #7 on : Tue September 09, 2014, 10:43:32
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I am sorry for your loss. Uncle Mile was a very special man. Always
had a smile. He will be missed. God Bless all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jerry Tomko
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My sincere condolences
Reply #6 on : Tue September 09, 2014, 09:27:54
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My sincere condolences to the Carlucci-Cali Family on teh passing of Uncle Mike. Many great memories of him when we were all kids together. He will be missed. RIP
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