Lois Arcuri, the wife of Community Board 5 Chair Vincent Arcuri Jr., passed away on Friday, May 4, from lung-related complications.
Outside her wake Monday evening, Vincent spoke fondly of his wife, saying that she was devoted to her friends and family, her homemaking, and living as a good Christian.
The Arcuris were married for roughly 50 years and raised four children together, but Vincent said Lois helped every child who crossed her path in life.
“She was the matriarch of her family and she helped raise a lot of people's children from her family and the community,” he said. “All her many nieces and nephews looked upon her as their second mother.”
Lois was very active with the Saint Pancras Parish in Glendale at taught cheerleading with the local Catholic Youth Organization.
CB5 District Manager Gary Giordano said he met Lois when he took the position in 1989.
He said she was always supportive of his and Vincent's work in the community, “and always told me when Vinny was working, when was the best time to get a hold of him,” before the days when everyone could be reached by cell phone.
“She was just a wonderful, wonderful lady,” Giordano said.