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Mario Zucca Jr.

Wednesday, April 18, 1928Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Master Sergeant Mario Zucca Jr., U.S. Air Force, Retired, a resident of Swoyersville, and most recently a guest at Allied Services Center City Residence (formerly Saint Luke’s Villa), Wilkes-Barre, passed into eternal life on Wednesday morning, November 27, 2019, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, surrounded by his loving daughters.

His beloved wife was the late Charlotte M. (Doody) Zucca, who passed away on January 19, 2006. Together, Mario and Charlotte shared nearly 56 beautiful years of marriage.

Born on April 18, 1928, in Wyoming, Mario was the son of the late Mario Zucca Sr. and Julia (Allegrucci) Zucca.

Raised in Wyoming, Mario was a graduate of the former Wyoming High School, Class of 1945.

A proud and decorated United States Air Force Veteran, Mario honorably served his country for nearly 21 years, and was stationed at various Air Force Bases throughout his career. He was recipient of countless awards and decorations, merits of honor, and accolades. Upon his retirement on April 01, 1968, Mario had attained the rank of Master Sergeant.

Following his military career, Mario began working as an Employer Relations Representative for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, retiring in 1992 after 23 years. During his retirement years, Mario assisted local seniors with their tax preparations.

Mario was a faithful Catholic and a longtime member of the former Holy Name/Saint Mary’s Parish Community, Swoyersville, where, throughout the years, he was an active volunteer with the parish’s annual bazaar. Following the consolidation of his church, he became a member of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville. Mario was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Council 12976, Swoyersville and a 4th Degree member of the Our Lady of Czestochowa Assembly 1928, Kingston.

A proud veteran, Mario was a member of the American Legion, Andrew Lawrence Post 644, Swoyersville, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 396, Wyoming, and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 102, Kingston. Additionally, Mario was a member of the Swoyersville Senior Citizens, and was an active volunteer for many years with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), proudly receiving a 25-year pin for his years of service with the program.

Mario loved to dance and he was a fixture at both the Sunday Polka dances at the Dupont V.F.W. and the WVIA Studio Polka dances.

Family was the center of Mario’s life and he cherished every moment he shared with his loved ones, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will forever be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandpa, and great-grandpa.

In addition to his parents, Mario and Julia Zucca, and his wife, Charlotte, Mario was preceded in death by his beloved grandson, Matthew Walski; and his brothers, Albert Zucca, Raymond Ceresa, and Frank Ceresa.

Mario is survived by his three loving daughters, Julie Anne Dalke and her husband, Gregory, Hollywood, Maryland; Stephanie A. Walski and her husband, David, Shavertown; Valerie L. Wisniewski and her husband, Michael, Mountain Top; his eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral which will be conducted on Wednesday, December 04, 2019, at 9:30 AM from the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 AM in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes Street, Swoyersville, with the Reverend Joseph J. Pisaneschi, his Pastor, officiating.

Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery, Carverton, where full Military Honors will be accorded by the United States Air Force.

Family and Friends are invited to Mario’s viewing which will be held on Tuesday, December 03, 2019, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, at the funeral home.

For additional information or to send Mario’s Family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home’s website,, or Facebook page.

The family has kindly asked that flowers be omitted. Memorial Contributions may be made in Mario’s memory to a veteran’s organization of the donor’s choice.


Service Date
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 10:00am

A viewing for Mario will be held on Tuesday, December 03, 2019, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, at the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort.

The funeral service will begin on Wednesday, December 04, 2019, at 9:30 AM at the funeral home. Those relatives and friends who will be joining in the funeral procession are asked to assemble at the funeral home between 8:45 and 9:00 AM on Wednesday morning.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 AM at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes Street, Swoyersville. The Reverend Joseph J. Pisaneschi, Pastor, will serve as celebrant.

Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery, Carverton section of Kingston Township, where full Military Honors will be accorded by the United States Air Force.

Following the Service, the family would like all those in attendance to join them for a luncheon. Details will be announced at the cemetery.



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Julie, Steph, and Val: So sorry to hear about Uncle Mel. My sympathy and love to you all. He was a wonderful uncle and I have so many great memories of him and will forever hold them in my heart. Lorrie Doody Tondre
We just found out about the loss of your father, and are saddened. Even though we did not know him very long we will remember him as a very nice,happy & thoughtful person. Your family has our deepest sympathy. Bob and Mary Ellen DeRemer
To Mario’s dear family: How sorry I was to hear of Mario’s passing. We had just returned from visiting our family for the holidays last evening, and, while I was picking up groceries in Wegmans’s I saw another dear friend who gave me the news. I met Mario walking at the Wyoming Valley Mall, where many of us formed some very special friendships. My friendship with Mario was very dear and special to me. Most recently, I always looked for him sitting at a table with his buddies. We always talked a bit. He always had a smile on his face, showed concern for others, and emitted a lot of love to all of us who were fortunate to have known him. I just asked last week if anyone knew why he hadn’t been at “ his table “. Please know how sorry I am for your loss. I was truly blessed to have known him and to enjoy his beautiful ways. I, and many others , will dearly miss him and remember him with lots of love. VERY SINCERELY, Jane Huey
I am very sorry to hear of Mario’s passing. I will miss you walking at the mall. May you Rest In Peace. Ann Marie Merlie

Just a heartfelt thank you for your sincere care and kindness in helping us journey our Wife, Mom, and Grandmother home to the Lord. You made a difficult time much easier.