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Helen Cuccia Obituary

Helen Ruth Cuccia
Helen Ruth Cuccia

October 13, 1950 - September 9, 2017
Born in Roswell, NM
Resided in Torrance, ca
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Early on September 9, 2017, Ruth Cuccia passed away peacefully. Her family, especially her sons David and Chris, granddaughter Gianna, and her many friends have lost their best cheerleader. Ruth Cuccia nee Brisco (whose first name is Helen, Ruth is her middle name) was born on October 13, 1950 in Roswell, NM into a strong Christian family. Her father Nolan was a Baptist minister, and her mother Nancy a beautician and talented artist. She had three older sisters (Mary, Barbara, and Sue) and an older brother (Coy) - all were wonderful musicians who loved singing together. Ruth’s family moved to Southern California when she a child, and she graduated from Dominguez High School. In 1974, she met her husband John, and it was love at first sight. They married in 1975, and welcomed son David 4 years later, and son Chris in 1983. Ruth was an accomplished musician on the piano and with her beautiful soprano singing voice. She sang with church choirs as well as professional ones, like the Pacific Chorale, and had the opportunity to perform at Disney and Carnegie Halls, the Hollywood Bowl, and in venues throughout Europe. She taught private piano and voice lessons for over 30 years, as well as at Holy Trinity School, and introduced hundreds of children to a lifelong love of music. When her son David started college, Ruth was inspired to finish her own degree and earned a BA in Music from CSU Dominquez Hills. She joined the Mu Phi Epsilon musical fraternity, remained active in her local alumni chapter, and served as the Alumni International Vice President, overseeing chapters across the country. With her zest for life, Ruth enjoyed traveling around the world with her husband John. She loved food, both eating and cooking, and baked wonderful desserts. Ruth had a strong Christian faith, and never wavered in her dedication to doing what was right and helping anyone in need. When she received her first cancer diagnosis in 2004, she faced that fight with positivity and tenacity, and appreciated every day of the next 13 years. Although the cancer returned, she never lost her optimism and passed away quietly holding John’s hand. Her departure has left a hole in her family and community, as she brought light, song, and a gracious beauty to every room she entered. Ruth is survived by her husband John, sons David (Sara) and Chris, granddaughter Gianna, her three sisters, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. There will be a viewing Thursday September 14 at McNerney’s Mortuary, 570 W. 5th St. San Pedro, from 5-8pm, and a funeral mass at 10:30 am Friday September 15 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1292 W. Santa Cruz St. San Pedro, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates contributions toward a music scholarship in Ruth’s name: make checks out to Mu Phi Epsilon and mail to David Champion 229 15th St. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, please put “Ruth Cuccia Memorial Scholarship” in the memo section.

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Visitation
McNerney's Mortuary
570 W. 5th Street
San Pedro, CA US 90731
Thursday, September 14, 2017
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mass
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
1280 W. Santa Cruz Street
San Pedro, CA US 90732
Friday, September 15, 2017
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Burial
Holy Cross Cemetery
5835 Slauson Avenue
Culver City, CA US 90230
Friday, September 15, 2017