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Gustino "Gus" Luciani

November 20, 2017
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Obituary – Gustino P. Luciani


Gustino “Gus” Luciani, a life-long resident of Schenectady, passed away

peacefully on November 20, 2017 after a long illness. Son of Angelo and

Emma Luciani, and brother of the late Elena Luciani-Testa, Gus was born on

July 10th 1930. Gus was a family man; he was a dedicated husband, a

compassionate father, and a loving grandfather.


Gus was devoted to his country, and he worked for the Federal Government

for 30 years; in 1947 he began working at the Army Depot before he joined

the Air National Guard in 1949. By 1953, he enlisted in the US ARMY. After

completing basic training in Fort Dix, NJ, he was stationed in Frankfort,

Germany. During his time in the military, Gus traveled throughout Europe,

and he always spoke fondly of the time he spent in Italy, Austria, Holland,

and France. He left the military in 1955 as a Corporal.


Upon his return to Schenectady, he resumed his career at the Army Depot

which he left in 1965. During this time, he met the love of his life,

Georgianna Pallante. They were married in 1958. After the Depot, he was

employed by the United States Postal Service where he took great pride in

his job; during this time, Gus become an expert of the city that he loved

as he learned every zip code and street location in Schenectady. He became

a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 358 and a

member of the local chapter of the Rotterdam Elks.


After retirement in 1979, he spent time doing what he loved most: He loved

the Harness Track; he loved working in his garden; he loved fishing,

painting the house, and writing stories which he would read to his

grandchildren; He was a true family man who was always there for those who

needed him; he did not miss an event, and he attended all of his children

and grandchildren’s sports games, concerts, and recitals.


Anyone who knew Gus loved being around him. His smile was infectious. He

was a man of integrity, a man whose word, promise, and handshake meant the

world to him.


Gus is survived ­­by his beloved wife of 59 years, Georgianna Pallante

Luciani; daughters Anita (Mike) Vitallo and Lisa Luciani; son Justin (Toni)

Luciani; granddaughters Nicole (Chris) Holoday, Marissa Vitallo, Ciara

Vitallo, Monica Luciani, and Grandson Trevor Luciani. He is also survived

by several Nieces and Nephews who always loved being around their Uncle Gus.


The family would like to thank the medical team that cared for Gus: Dr.

John Pezzulo, Dr. Nancy Barkowski, Dr. Peter Cospito, Dr. Thomas Schumacher

and the team at Capital District Dialysis Center, and everyone at The Eddy

PACE Program. Your compassion, care, and attention is greatly appreciated

from the entire Luciani family. We would especially like to thank the

Nursing Assistants of the Eddy Program at Schaffer Heights for their

wonderful care to Gus on a daily basis and the clear message that this

isn’t the end of our relationship, without you he would not have been able

to remain home his last three years with his family.


Calling hours will be Saturday 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. at Demarco Stone Funeral

Home, 1605 Heldeberg Ave, Rotterdam. A Mass will be celebrated 12:00 at St.

Luke’s, 1241 State St, Schenectady.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.                                                     

 Service Information

November 25, 2017

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home
1605 Helderberg Ave.
Schenectady, NY 12306

Mass of Christian Burial
November 25, 2017

12:00 PM
St. Luke's Church
1241 State St.
Schenectady, NY 12304

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