Obituary of Robert J. Cicci
Robert J. "Cheech" Cicci, 73 of Eynon died Sunday at Mid Valley Health Care Center after a lengthy illness. His widow is the former Sueann Kurilla. The couple was married for 43 years in June.
Born in Peckville, he was the son of the late Dominick "Red" and Josephine Ghirelli Cicci. He was a graduate of Jessup High School and Bloomsburg University where he received a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Education.
He was employed at the Valley View School District as a teacher for 35 years in addition to managing Kinney Shoes and working as an usher for the Red Barons minor league baseball team until his retirement. After he retired, he worked as a cashier at Wal-Mart and he assisted his brother at his ice cream shop, Summer Freeze. He resided in Eynon for the last 20 years after moving from Jessup. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Peckville.
Bob was a past secretary and treasurer of the Eynon Businessman Bowling League. He also belonged to the P.S.E.A. and the N.E.A. He was a baseball player for the Pioneer Club All Stars little league team who qualified for the Williamsport Little League World Series. Talking about this experience, which he often did, always brought a smile to his face and he was quoted as saying, “We lost, so what, at least I got their once in my life.”
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who always did what was needed to provide for and support his family. “Cheech” enjoyed trips to the Nascar Races with Johnson’s Towing and being part of the drivers meetings with the “big wigs” of Nascar. He loved going to Mohegan Sun Casino with his wife, although he rarely won. While playing cards with family and friends, he was always willing to split the pot even with a tremendous lead. His love for the family dogs, Toto and Tink, was so strong he chose not to partake in a family vacation to stay home and take care of them. He had a natural sales ability that everyone was able to recognize even after a short encounter. He was often “heard” before he was seen and more times than not, one would often purchase whatever he was selling no matter if they needed or wanted it. He was an avid bowler throughout the course of his life, and that led him to meet his “eternal flame”, Sue.
Robert’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Mid Valley Health Care Center, Traditional Home Health, and Dr. Mulloth’s office for their compassionate care.
Also surviving are two sons, Jeff Cicci and wife Julie, Scranton and Robert Cicci and companion, Katie Klein, Peckville, daughters, Kerri Ann Smith and husband William, Sturges and Krystal Rosencrans and husband Marc, Archbald and Kim Tuin and husband Mark, Saylorsburg, grandchildren, Nicholas and Corey Cicci, Aidan and Alivia Smith, Tessa and Kyler Rosencrans and Mackenzie Klein and Michael and Lauren Tuin, a brother, Louis Cicci, Archbald and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from the Louis M. Margotta Funeral Home, 511 Church St. Jessup with services officiated by Rev. Drost at 8 PM at the funeral home. Friends may pay their respects from 4 to 8 PM. Interment is private at the convenience of the family.
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