Loving sister, aunt, wife and friend, Elsie Gast departed this world peacefully Feb. 8, 2013, after spending her last days surrounded by family and friends.
Elsie was born June 16, 1919, in Berlin Heights, the youngest of eight children of Delia and George Cucuro. A longtime resident of Sandusky, she worked for years for Pick-N-Pay Supermarket Company and when she retired, remained active, including doing childcare, and being a member of Saints Peter and Paul Church and volunteering with the Italian American Club of Sandusky.
She had a life-long love of sports. As a young woman during WWII, she played on a Women’s Baseball League, and she enjoyed watching and supporting her favorite teams, the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians.
An avid gardener, her beautiful gardens and flowers were a welcome sight for neighbors and visitors.
She was cheerfully and actively involved in the lives of her sisters, nieces and nephews, frequently showing up in one of the latest of her sporty cars and sharing her own brand of good spirit and generosity and delicious treats.
Her strength and determination were inspirational and will remain so to those who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Josephine Cucuro, and father, George Cucuro and seven brothers and sisters, Rose Celano, Thomas Cucuro, Madeline Bunn, Catherine Murray, Angela Holder, James Cucuro, and Mary Ganobcik. She is survived by nephews and nieces, Alfred Celano, Eugene Celano, Gail Stumphauzer, Mary Jo Grassnig, Patrick Murray, Paula Mach and Mary Kay Hardwick; numerous great nieces and nephews; and by a host of dear friends who she included as family.
In lieu of flowers, she requested that any donations be sent to Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Sandusky; to the Margeau’s Free to Be Project founded in honor of her great niece (14240 Baird Road, Oberlin OH 44074)
or to a charity of your choice.
A private graveside service will take place at a future date.