Bernard R. McLucas, 63, Altoona, died Thursday at his residence after a bout with glioblastoma multiforme.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late Bernard A. and Edith (Montler) McLucas. He married Peggy Jane Joyce on July 26, 1975, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
Surviving are his wife; three children: Dr. Patrick B. McLucas and wife, Jessica Zabinsky, of Duncansville, Kathleen J. O'Connor and husband, Brian, of Lebanon, Ohio, and Colleen M. McLucas of Pittsburgh; six grandchildren: Kody, Kamden and Kyle O'Connor and Ryan, Benjamin and Aubrey McLucas; and four sisters: Rose Marie Fusco, Ann Elizabeth Diehl, Barbara Probst and Mary Lou Oswald, all of Altoona.
He is also survived by two brothers-in-law: Dr. Bernard A. Joyce and wife, Louise, of Altoona and Dr. John Joyce and wife, Dr. Alice Joyce, of Hollidaysburg; a sister-in-law, Attorney Maryann Bistline and husband, Jay, of Altoona; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Bernard J. and Peggy Joyce; and three brothers-in-law: Sonny Fusco, Harold Diehl and Joe Oswald.
Bernard was a 1968 graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School and a 1972 graduate of Concord College, Athens, W.Va., with a Bachelor of Science degree, and he did graduate work at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He retired on June 30, 2012, as the business manager at Juniata Valley School District, where he had been employed since 1984. Previously, he had been employed as a teacher and assistant football coach for Bishop Guilfoyle High School. He was also employed by the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission from 1976-84.
Bernard was a member of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, Association of School Business Officials International and Ancient Order of Hibernians and was a Eucharistic minister and volunteer at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Jones Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be celebrated during the visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Committal rites will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Altoona.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1 Cathedral Square, Altoona, PA 16601, or St. Vincent DePaul Food for Families Soup Kitchen, 2201 Union Ave., Altoona, PA 16601.