Aug. 25, 1928 – Jan. 11, 2020
Mary Jane Lucca, of the Town of Tonawanda, a member of a pioneering Kenmore family, died Jan. 11 in Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Clarence, after a year-long bout with stenosis. She was 91.
The former Mary Jane Fehan was descended from the Mang and Knab families, who provided food and shelter to St. John Neumann, founder of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in the 1830s.
Kenmore West High School sits on the site of her grandfather’s farm.
A graduate of Mount St. Mary Academy, she attended classes at Canisius College before marrying and raising a family.
When her marriage ended in divorce, she found a job as a switchboard operator and receptionist at the studios of WBEN radio and TV.
The mother of eight, at the station she met a father of nine, news editor Francis Lucca. Now a member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame, he also was divorced. They were married in 1975.
Mrs. Lucca later worked for American Airlines, first as a switchboard operator at the offices in the Statler Hilton, then as an operations agent at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, providing information for pilots during takeoffs and landings.
She enjoyed sewing, cooking, reading and gardening. With her husband, she traveled, went camping and skiing, attended the theater, played tennis and took physical fitness classes.
Until recently, she was a student of yoga and tai chi.
In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Nancy Glose and Patricia Drake; four sons, James Glose, Timothy Glose, John Glose and Gerard Glose; four stepdaughters, Dyanne Iacuzzo, Judyanne Flatau, Lynanne Jacob and Debbyanne Rarick; three stepsons, Bryan Lucca, F. Jeffrey Lucca and Timothy Lucca; 31 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Jan. 15 in St. John the Baptist Church, Town of Tonawanda.