Frank J. Rucci, 87, of Sugar Grove, passed away while surrounded by family on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva.
Frank was born on April 16, 1925, in Jersey City, N.J. He was the youngest child of Carlo and Carmela Rucci and the first of his family to be born in the United States.
After high school, he enlisted in the Navy. While awaiting deployment on the USS Mt. McKinley, he attended Dartmouth College.
In 1944, he met the love of his life, Modene Cooper, while assigned to the Armory in Chicago. After the war, he whisked Modene away to New Canaan. They were married on July 4, 1946.
Frank and Modene welcomed daughter Francene. When Fran was 5 years old, the family returned to Chicago and soon welcomed son Corey. They moved to Mt. Prospect, Ill., and happily spent the next 50 years there. In February of this year, they moved to Sugar Grove to be closer to family.
Frank is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 66 years, Modene; daughter, Fran (Jerry) Adams of Sugar Grove; Fran’s children, Dani (Dwayne) Miller, and their children, Sami, Jessi and Jake of Somonauk, Bryan (Cassie) Adams and children, Addison and Riley of Montgomery; son, Corey (Tammy) Rucci and children, Corey, Joseph, Ryan, Alyssa and Jeffrey Rucci of Southlake, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his siblings and parents.
Visitation was held on Tuesday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. A private family service will be held at a later date. Entombment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church Building Fund, 264 Main St., Sugar Grove, IL 60554.
For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com/ to leave an online condolence.