Anthony Michael Pucciarello

October 7, 1932 - July 20, 2013
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Anthony Michael Pucciarello, Sr., 80, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. He was born October 7, 1932 in Galveston, Texas, to Pasqual and Angelina Pucciarello. Anthony graduated from Kirwin High School in 1950 and followed in his father’s footsteps, working in furniture sales at Plantowsky’s Furniture Company. After 20 years in the business, Anthony became a manager for the Finger Furniture Store Gulf Freeway location and moved to Houston to raise his family. In the 1980’s, he changed careers and moved to Las Vegas to become a casino host at Station Casinos, where he worked for over 20 years.

A lover of people, good food, music and all things beautiful, Anthony lived life to the fullest. He was a true original with an incredible sense of humor and the unique ability to express his love in exactly the right way. He had a soft spot for people in need and always rooted for the underdog. His compassion for others was one of the defining characteristics of his life.

Anthony was a lifelong devout Catholic who put his faith and trust in God and lived his life accordingly. He was an extremely generous supporter of Catholic Charities and was always looking to give back in grateful appreciation for the blessings God bestowed on him in life.

Anthony was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Pascal Pucciarello; beloved sister-in-law, Cecilia Pucciarello; beloved cousin, Gino Marinelli; and beloved lifetime friend, Frank Fertitta, Jr.

He is survived by his brother, Alfred Pucciarello, and wife, Marie; children: Toni Pucciarello Bruno; Angela Turek and husband, David; Anthony Michael Pucciarello, Jr. and wife, Aurora; and Darrell Pucciarello; grandchildren: Dr. Eva Delgado and husband, Dr. Kit Delgado; Anthony Michael Pucciarello, III; Gavin Pucciarello; Julianna Bruno; Hayden Turek; Christian Pucciarello; Lorenzo Bruno; Jon Michael Pucciarello; Francesca Bruno; Jackson Turek;great granddaughter, Eliana Delgado; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Anthony’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Thursday, July 25th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. A rosary will begin at 7:00 pm, led by Deacon John Pistone.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Friday, July 26th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Bishop Vincent M. Rizzotto as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.

Pallbearers will be Anthony M. Pucciarello, III, Gavin Pucciarello, Hayden Turek, Jackson Turek, Anthony Lorenzo Bruno, Christian Pucciarello, and Jon Michael Pucciarello.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jeffrey Pucciarello, Michael Pucciarello, Thomas Pucciarello, Frank Bruno, Frank Fertitta, III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Blake Sartini, Anthony Fertitta, Vic Fertitta, Richard Favero, Marko Kustudia, Thomas Rapp, James Faso, Ernest McNeill, Jr., Mark Wooten, Dr. Craig Jefferies, Dr. William McCarron, and Darrell Siminoff.

In lieu of flowers, Anthony’s family requests memorials be made to St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica Restoration Fund, C/O Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, ATTN: Roz Hill, 1700 San Jacinto, Houston, TX 77002.

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Born: October 7, 1932
Died: July 20, 2013

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Susan Savage posted on 11/30/-1

Anthony...i will always treasure our fun and laughs together with Marko and Uncle Dick. Friday nights at Pasta Palace were so unforgettable with you and all your tricks and giggles. Thank you for being my friend---I will miss you P.S.--i bet that there are lots of lucky gals that will welcome you to your new stomping ground


Ruth Miller posted on 11/30/-1

I am honored and privileged to have had a nice friendship with your dad. We had many nice times together and many good laughs. you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Ruth Miller


Marko Kustudia posted on 11/30/-1

With our deepest sympathy to the Pucciarello family. Anthony was a most sincere and dear friend who touched so many lives. He will never be forgotten. Marko and Idonna Kustudia


Ryan Deppe posted on 11/30/-1

Sorry for your loss. Anthony was loved by our family and was always there for us. We will miss him dearly-The Deppe Family


Tom Combs posted on 11/30/-1

My heartfelt condolences to the Pucciarello family with the passing of Anthony. What a terrific human being he was! Always smiling, always full of life! He lived life to the fullest and always made sure to have fun in the process. He will be missed! Love, Tom Combs


Karen Weinert Haines posted on 11/30/-1

Pucci, as I always called him, was the kindest and most caring person. He talked about and loved his children so dearly; he always let me know how brother Alfred was doing. The first time I met Pucci I wasn't yet a teen, and he became my first real crush. He will always be in our hearts.God bless his family and friends.


Sandee & Tito Tiberti posted on 11/30/-1

Love and compassion!! Anthony lived and taught us love and compassion to the fullest! His kind and gentle humor will long live in our memories and our hearts!!


Bill Cherry posted on 11/30/-1

Anthony was seven years older --give or take a couple of years --than my friends and me. When we were in junior high and high school, we decided that to be like Anthony would be perfect... everyone liked him, he dressed beautifully, he had a wad of cash in his pocket, drove nice cars, and he was always in the presence of a beautiful girl. Later I bought a lifetime's worth of furniture from him, both at Plantowsky's and Finger's, and we kept in touch from time to time thereafter. I still smile when I think about Anthony, and always will. God bless, Anthony Pucciarello. He was a good model.


Dave Figari posted on 11/30/-1

We were very sorry to learn of Anthony's passing.He was a loving,kind and compassionate man who made everyone feel good about themselves.Ruth Ann and I were glad to call Anthony our FRIEND.


Malee mann posted on 11/30/-1

Hi Anthony, what a wonderful guy you Are. Your family can be so proud. I Will always remember how gracious you Were when we came to the palace. You are part of what made it so special. You are sorely missed. It won't be the Same. Thank you for your great sense Of humor. Warmest Malee mann


Michael and Cheryl Soskin posted on 11/30/-1

To The Family Of Anthony Pucciarello, Please accept our sympathy at the loss of Anthony. He was an original, a classic and he will be sorely missed. Cheryl and Mike Soskin


William and Irene Turek posted on 11/30/-1

We are so very sorry to hear of Anthony's passing. From the first time we met him, when Angela and David were married, we could tell what a special and caring person he was. Please know we send our deepest sympathy to the entire family. May Anthony rest in peace with the Lord.


Christine Di Stadio posted on 11/30/-1

My condolences to the entire Pucciarello family. Tony was a wonderful man who lit up the room and he loved to sing, talk about life and his family. He truly loved his family. I am so lucky to have crossed paths with him and always enjoyed our visits. May God wrap his arms around all of you and give you strength during these very difficult days.