June 18, 1921 ~ September 8, 2006
UNA HOPE FUCCI
Much as her house was filled with family and friends on each holiday, Una Fucci was surrounded by family and friends when she passed away on September 8, 2006. She will be remembered as generous, loving, and supportive, and her 85 years tell a rich story.
Una was born on Central Avenue in Los Angeles on June 18, 1921 to Herbert and Lillian Ball. She received her diploma from Freemont High School in Los Angeles in June, 1939. A little more than a year later, she married the love of her life, Louis Michael Fucci ("Gene"). In the seven years that followed, Una and Gene had three children: Maureen, Arleen, and Michael.
Una and Gene lived in Los Angeles throughout their married life. The first of their many adventures was an Italian market they co-owned and operated with Gene's father. Una also worked at Johansen Tile Company from 1953-1964 as a bookkeeper and secretary. In 1964, Una and Gene entered into the California real estate game, and their deserved success is the fabric of the American Dream. The plaque that hung in their house of 26 years said - "It is better to live rich than to die rich" - and following this mantra, Una was generous with her earnings throughout her life.
Una was a world traveler, including several trips to Europe with Gene, a cruise to Alaska with Arleen and Maureen, many trips to Catalina Island with her grandchildren, a daring African safari with Maureen, and a tour of Russia with sister-in-law, Bonnie. In 1986 and 1996, she took all her children and grandchildren on week-long cruises to Mexico. No one was surprised when she won the jackpot while playing slots in the on-board casino! True to her character, Una showered the family with gifts with her new-found money.
Because she had so many family gatherings in her home, her family and friends often begin stories by recalling the street names of the various places she lived: Fairfax, Hillsdale, McCool, Malaga, and finally, Sunrise. Whether tempting grandchildren with freshly-made biscotti, making sausage with the family meat grinder, or dancing the night away with friends, Una will be remembered for her tender spirit and kindness. She was the gentle matriarch of our family and we can only hope to foster the love and unity she inspired. She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Maureen and Ron Croft, Arleen and Bill Reich, and Michael and Tina Fucci. Her grandchildren will remember her as "Nonna" - Italian for grandmother - and were by her side in her final hours.
Una was dignified in both life and death, and she will be greatly missed.
Services will be held at the Risen Christ Church at Holy Cross Mausoleum and Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 13. A reception will follow at her son's home at 3112 Walnut Avenue in Manhattan Beach. Flowers may be sent to the Risen Christ Church, or donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Please share your memories at http://obit.lafuneral.com.
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