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ANDOVER, MA: Evangeline (Angie) S. Luceri of Andover, Mass., passed away peacefully on June 11, 2015.

Angie was born on August 1, 1926, and grew up in El Paso, Texas, where she attended Loretto Academy. After working briefly for the U.S. Customs Service, she went to Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colo., where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music. Angie met and fell in love with Joseph Luceri while he was in the Army and stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso. After getting married, Angie and Joe eventually moved to Andover where they had resided for over 45 years, and made many lifelong friends, especially their beloved Poker Club, Bridge Club and Suncrest Road neighborhood friends.

Angie was one of the first bilingual Spanish-speaking teachers in the Lawrence, Mass., educational system. For many years, she was a Head Start teacher there, helping underprivileged children prepare for their primary school years. She was also very active in the St. Augustine’s School community, serving as PTO president and volunteering for numerous activities and events while her three children attended school there.

Angie was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who always put her family first. She was a vibrant, beautiful woman, who enjoyed herself most by being with and caring for family and friends. A devout Catholic, she was a daily communicant at St. Augustine’s Parish. Throughout her life and professional work, she always did her best to help impoverished children and their families, and would collect used clothing and furniture from friends and neighbors to distribute them to those in need, especially Spanish-speaking immigrants. She was an accomplished seamstress and pianist, who gave piano lessons and delighted everyone with her exceptional musical talent at the keyboard. She was also known for her impeccable manners and sense of style and fashion.

Angie was a caring and devoted daughter, sister, aunt, grand-aunt, and godmother to her many relatives. As the eldest of eight siblings, she held a special place in the hearts of them all. She was predeceased by her husband, Joe; her parents, Belem and Angelo Saucedo; and her sisters, Stella Gonzalez and Minnie Lizarraga. She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Loretta and Brian Gallagher of Newburyport, Mass., Lisa and Peter Breen of Groton, Mass., Tom and Diane Luceri of Neshanic Station, N.J.; nine grandchildren and their spouses; three great-grandchildren; as well as siblings, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Jardin (a home for poor girls in Bogota, Colombia, which she supported), c/o 36 Virginia Lane, Newburyport, MA 01950 or Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 20, at 10 a.m,. at St. Joseph Church, 20 High Vale Lane, Andover. Fr. Peter DeFazio of Haverhill will be the celebrant. Family and friends are invited to gather at the church in remembrance, at 9:30 a.m., prior to the Mass. Interment will be in Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover immediately following.
Published on  June 16, 2015
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