Sister André Cuccia, CCVI, passed away Oct. 3 in Houston.
A member of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Sister Cuccia was a native of Port Arthur and graduated from the St. Mary Hospital School of Nursing. Following graduation she entered the religious life in September 1953 and made her Perpetual Profession of Vows Aug. 15, 1961.
Sister Cuccia began her ministry at St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, as a nursing supervisor and continued in this capacity at St. Patrick Hospital, Lake Charles; Schumpert Hospital, Shreveport; St. Mary’s Hospital, Galveston; and St. Edward Hospital, Cameron. She served as a staff nurse in the emergency room at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, Alexandria, where she cared for many trauma patients. Her role then became one of convent superior and vocation ministry at St. Mary Hospital, Port Arthur. Sister Cuccia also served as a patient representative at St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, and St. Michael Health Care Center in Texarkana.
Later in life she taught English at the St. Austin Center, Houston.
Sister Cuccia was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Lena Mondello Cuccia, brothers Jasper and Joseph Cuccia and sister Josie Ross. She is survived by sisters Mary Tompkins and Angie Savarino and husband Sam; brothers Anthony Cuccia, Frank Cuccia and wife Mary, Nick Cuccia and wife Judy; and by numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews.
Sister Cuccia’s body will be received at the Immaculate Conception Chapel, Villa De Matel, 6510 Lawndale Street, Houston, at 5 p.m. Oct. 5 followed by evening praise and a celebration of her life. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 6. The Rite of Committal will follow at Villa de Matel Cemetery.