Del E. Lucent, 88, a resident of Duryea, died Thursday, June 2, 2011.
He was born in the borough of Queens, New York City, a son of the late Emanuel Lucent and Anna Lucent-Solano.
During World War II, he served from 1942 through 1946 as a private first class, airplane engine mechanic with the 864th Bombardment Squadron of the 494th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Force, stationed in the Philippines. He proudly served and had participated in air offensives in Japan, the Eastern Mandates, Luzon, Ryukyus, Southern Philippines and the Western Pacific. He received the American Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal during his military service.
He met his wife, the former Gertrude DeForte, in 1939, and they were married in 1946 in the former St. James Episcopal Church, Pittston. Mr. Lucent had served on the vestry of St. James Church and was currently a faithful member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Wilkes-Barre.
Del had been a member of the San Cataldo Society, Pittston, for 65 years and was an avid New York Yankee fan. Most of his working life Mr. Lucent had been a jacquard loom weaver in the textile trades and had retired in 1988 from Hygrade Pants Co., Taylor, where he had worked for more than 20 years.
He was also a member of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union. He enjoyed his family immensely, and they loved to hear his stories.
Mr. Lucent was preceded in death by a brother, Remo Lucent; stepbrothers, Joseph and Fred Solano; and by a stepsister, Ann Marie Argento.
Surviving are his wife of almost 65 years, Gertrude DeForte Lucent, at home; son Michael Lucent and his wife, Donna, Dundee, N.Y.; daughter-in-law Renie Lucent, Pittston; grandson Del M. Lucent and his wife, Holly; granddaughter Selena Lucent-George and her husband, Francis J. George; great-grandson Adrian Lucent George; a sister, Adeline Starna, Long Island, N.Y.; stepbrother, Francis Solano; stepsisters, Rosarie Lewis and Rita Zangardi, all of Pittston; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews in Pittston and Long Island.
Funeral will be held at 9:15 a.m. Monday from the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 211 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston, with Burial Office and Requiem Mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Timothy Alleman, rector, will be the celebrant, and interment will be in Pittston Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. A Vigil Service will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. Sunday by Father Alleman.
The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations be made to Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 373 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.