OBITUARY

Concetta Percoco

May 2, 1917April 3, 2018

Our beloved Concetta “Connie” (nee DiFederico) Percoco, 100, passed away peacefully at the family home in Jupiter, Florida on April 3, 2018. Connie was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and was the daughter of Anthony and Anna DiFederico. She attended North High School and studied for two years at Akron University before graduating from Kent State University in 1939.

Connie had a natural gift for teaching. She taught at Fairlawn Elementary, Crouse Elementary, and Jennings Schools for 35 years. On her 100th birthday celebration last year, many of her former students sent their greetings and thanks all these decades later for being an exceptional teacher and positive influence in their lives. Her love and talent for teaching touched so many.

When she retired from teaching, Connie remained busy with the Akron Woman’s City Club and was a member of St. Hilary’s Catholic Church. She was an enthusiastic traveler, avid needle pointer, card player and theater goer. A proud native of Akron, Connie moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2008 to be near her family. She was one of the first residents at The Cypress of Raleigh, where she lived for almost 10 years and where she made many good friends.

She was married to fellow Akron resident Frank Percoco in 1947. He preceded her in death in 1973 after 26 happy years of marriage. Also preceding her in death was her infant granddaughter Lauren Buckley, in 1988. Connie's two brothers Mario and John DiFederico and sister Jennie Fatica, also preceded her in death. She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted daughter Frances Buckley (Son-In-Law Tim); four wonderful grandchildren Anne Buckley Kirby (Chris), Christina Buckley, Timothy Buckley and Kevin Buckley, along with sister-in-law and friend for over 70 years Jean DiFederico. She is also survived by nieces Nancy (DiFederico) Joyce, Martha (DiFederico) Friedman, and Janet (DiFederico) Koscik: nephews Jon Fatica, Alfred Fatica and Anthony DiFederico, William Carr and Robert Carr. Connie loved her family and friends more than anything on this earth, and we were all so blessed to have her in our lives.

The family will receive visitors at a reception on Sunday, April 8 from 4 to 5:30 pm at the Cypress Club of Raleigh, 8801 Cypress Lakes Dr., Raleigh, North Carolina 27615, and on Monday, April 9 at 9:30 am at the Sacred Heart Church, 200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27603 preceding a funeral Mass at 10:30 am. A Christian burial will be held at a later date in Akron, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent by mail to: The Connie Percoco Fund Georgetown University, Mission & Ministry Advancement, PO Box 571253 Washington, DC 20057-1253 (write "The Connie Percoco Fund" in memo section of check) Or online at giving.georgetown.edu (write "The Connie Percoco Fund" in the "other designation" box and write her name in the "in memory of" section.)

Condolences may be sent to www.BrownWynne.com

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St. Raleigh, NC.

  • FAMILY

  • Connie leaves to cherish her memory her devoted daughter Frances Buckley (Son-In-Law Tim); four wonderful grandchildren Anne Buckley Kirby (Chris), Christina Buckley, Timothy Buckley and Kevin Buckley, along with sister-in-law and friend for over 70 years Jean DiFederico. She is also survived by nieces Nancy (DiFederico) Joyce, Martha (DiFederico) Friedman, and Janet (DiFederico) Koscik: nephews Jon Fatica, Alfred Fatica and Anthony DiFederico, William Carr and Robert Carr.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Visitation Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Visitation Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, April 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Concetta Percoco

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Bill Carr

April 8, 2018

Fran and Family,
I am so sorry to here about your mom passing. What a blessing it was for you and your family to have had her in your lives for so many years. I will always remember Aunt Connie as being a calm easy going person to talk to. She always had something positive and encouraging to say. I will always cherish the memory as a youth of all those Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations at your home with your mom and grandmother Anna cooking those fabulous 7 course meals. All the birthday and anniversary celebrations with the family at Iacomini's Restaurant when we looked forward to seeing you and Uncle Frank and Aunt Connie. Those times were a bright spot for Bob and I in a period of time when our lives were filled with such sorrow and sadness. I always felt your mom understood that and treated us with such kindness and compassion. Sad to say the Percoco family name now ends with your mom. No relatives left in Akron to carry on the name. End of an era for sure. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Your Cousin, Bill


Joanne Owen Pryor

April 8, 2018

Fran and family,

My mother, Esther, and I are thinking of you at this difficult time. Connie was a wonderful woman and such a true friend to Mom. I was so touched when I would visit in Akron and there would always be a message on Mom’s answering machine from Connie - just keeping in touch. Their childhood friendship that lasted their entire lives was certainly a blessing. May you find comfort and peace.

Joanne Owen Pryor

Patty Costigan

April 8, 2018

Dear Fran and family,
My husband, Tom and I were Connie's next door neighbors at Hampton Ridge. Our regret was that we only got to know her well during the last few years that she lived here. We felt privileged to share her birthday celebration at Portage. I'm sorry that I couldn't attend her 100th but appreciate being invited. Everyone who knew her throughout her years in Akron thought well of her and I joined those who admired her lifestyle. I am so sorry for your loss.
Sincerely,
Patty Costigan

FROM THE FAMILY