Lucy Mary Petrocelli

Aug. 18, 1917 Nov. 29, 2013

Lucy Mary Petrocelli, 96, Homewood at Crumland Farms, Frederick, Md., entered into eternal rest Friday.

“Auntie Lu” leaves behind many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews who all loved her very much. She taught many of them the song “Playmate, come out and play with me” and showed them how to make little dolls out of hollyhock flowers. She loved children.

Lucy was born at home in Conemaugh to Ralph and Mary (Martino) Petrocelli. The family moved to Altoona in 1926 after her father died in the steel mill. As the oldest girl in her family of three brothers and two sisters (Nick, Ralph, John, Mary and Phyllis), she played a large role in raising them and managing her mother’s rheumatoid arthritis complications. Caring for both sisters through their illnesses in later years, she also was known as the person in the family who gave help and love to those who needed it.

After everyone in her family grew up and moved out of the house in Altoona, Lucy left for New Jersey and eventually ran an accounting department for a pharmaceutical company. Upon her retirement, she volunteered for various organizations. Her favorite volunteer opportunity involved serving in a hospital gift shop. Two cherished pastimes from her life included devouring several books weekly, as well as keeping up with Major League Baseball (especially the Mets). She also loved learning and reading about angels and was devoted to the Catholic faith.

A service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Homewood at Crumland Farms, 7407 Willow Road, Frederick, Md., Father Keith Boisvert presiding.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to a charity of choice.

Arrangements are by Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, Frederick, Md.