Lifelong Jeannette resident has been a Meals on Wheels volunteer for nearly three decades
By Margie Stanislaw
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Longtime Meals on Wheels volunteer Frank Scurci of the Seneca Heights neighborhood in Jeannette is a lifelong resident of the city.
“I was born five blocks from here,” said Scurci.
Scurci graduated from Jeannette High School and worked for various companies in the area, including a steel shop in Pitcairn, until he landed a job at General Tire, where his father was also employed.
Shortly after starting at General Tire, like most young men during that time, he had to leave in 1942, when he served in the United States Coast Guard. He was in the Coast Guard for nearly four years during World War II and was stationed in the Pacific for some of that time.
“I was infatuated with the invasions crafts,” said Scurci. “And the next thing you know I'm in California and my whole unit is being sent to Seattle except for five of us that went to Hawaii.”
After returning home from the war, Scurci resumed his career at General Tire, where he worked for more than 42 years. He married the late Lucille Smuch Scurci from Claridge and the couple had five children, all raised in Jeannette.
Marc Scurci is married to the former Nancy Thompson and they have two grown sons. Daughters Terasa (who Scurci said is “my right-hand man,”) and Patricia, both live in Jeannette.
Daughter Christine and her husband, Reno Vitale, live in Latrobe and daughter Elise and her husband, Skip Glenn, have two children and live in Ligonier.
Scurci, who will be 92 in December, is still volunteering for the Jeannette branch of the Tri-City Meals on Wheels, and has been delivering meals to the elderly for more than 29 years.
“I have a route,” said Scurci. “I do it twice a month and sometimes I fill in whenever they get short. I started out in 1984, when I retired. The route changes all the time. Some people have been on quite a long time.
“I like that I'm serving people who can't get out. Some are very appreciative.”
Scurci was recently honored with a certificate for his 29 years of service to the organization.
Scurci is a lifelong member of Ascension Catholic church, a member of the M&S Club where he has played bocce since the late 1950s, and a member of the Seneca Club.
“I was very involved in the progress of that club (Seneca) since I moved up here in 1956,” said Scurci.
He was also very active in PCUC (People Concerned for the Unborn Child) through his church and was active in the Pro-life Breakfast that was held every fall.
Scurci is very proud of his family. His late wife was a homemaker and stayed home with the children.
“Raising my family, I had to go to work every single day.”
His daughter Terasa said, “He redid every single room in this house, and then some.”
To learn more about being active in the community, get to know neighbor Frank Scurci.
Margie Stanislaw is a contributing writer.
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