Virginia D. Lucarine, 92, a longtime resident of Moscow, died peacefully Tuesday. She is the widow of Rocco J. Lucarine, who died June 18, 1987.
Born in Washington, D.C., daughter of the late Gorham and Mary Szalda Danforth, she was a graduate of Central High School in Washington, D.C. Once in the North Pocono area, she was the owner of the former Artificial Wonderland, Moscow and was a postal clerk in the Moscow Post Office. She was also a medical secretary to the late Dr. John Brundage and she, along with her husband, owned a movie theatre in Moscow. She was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church, Moscow.
Virginia experienced many exciting times. She and her husband, Rocky, were accomplished travelers, visiting London, Hong Kong, China, as well as many domestic locations. Upon retirement, she and her husband spent winters in Oahu, Hawaii, and later lived there until his passing. While living in Hawaii, she took lessons in tai chi, belly dancing, and even took a course on Hawaiian language at the University of Hawaii. With no wavering passion for travel, she convinced her sister to fly on the Concord to London and return home on the QE2. For her 89th and 90th birthdays, she swam with the dolphins at Discovery Cove in Florida. She was always there for her family in any capacity that was needed. Her heart was always full of love, which encompassed all generations of her family and will go on to keep them the close families they are today.
Surviving are three daughters, Janet Kenney, Moscow; Joan Lucarine, Moscow; and Linda Ruby and husband, Paul, Ocala, Fla.; a son, David Lucarine and wife, Maria, Moscow; nine grandchildren; 16 great- grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; also, her beloved cockatiel of 22 years, Mango.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Porter; and a brother, Gorham Danforth.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Church St., Moscow, by the Rev. Robert Simon, pastor. Interment to follow in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Covington Twp.
Arrangements entrusted to the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Spring Brook Twp. Cremation will take place at the Strauch Cremation Center and Crematory, Lehigh Twp.