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Leonard Joseph Fulco passed away at his home in Natrona Heights, Pa. on April
19 at age 85 from complications related to lymphoma. His wife of 64 years, Mary
Lou Fulco, and his five daughters helped him on his journey.
Len was a first-generation Italian-American, born in Pleasantville, N.Y. where he
attended high school, played football and worked in his father's grocery store. He
was an industrious person all of his life. He was also very smart, earning top
grades in math, science and English throughout his school years. Despite various
scholarship offers from top universities, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps shortly
after high school graduation and served his country in the Korean War.
He met his soon-to-be-wife Mary Lou at the end of his service while stationed in
Miami. After their marriage, he earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Purdue
University as a young married man with two infant children.
Upon graduation, he accepted an engineering position with PPG Industries, where
he worked for 38 years. During that period, he became a process control expert,
managing process control system design for PPG's state-of-the-art glass and
paint plants in Pittsburgh, Meadville and Carlisle, Pa., Huntsville, Ala., Denmark
and Taiwan. He was known for bringing in projects on time and on budget.
Len was a true family man in every sense. He and Mary Lou raised and educated
five daughters. His love for his girls knew no limits. He showed the same
devotion to his eight grandchildren, and was recently blessed with a great
He was a devout Roman Catholic and long-time member of Our Lady of the Most
Blessed Sacrament Parish in Natrona Heights. He valued hard work,
industriousness, education and patriotism. As an engineer, he could fix anything.
He loved animals, especially dogs and was a great companion to Max, a sheltie,
and Ginger, a golden retriever.
Following retirement, Len became a prolific vegetable gardener, known for his
garlic, tomatoes, butternut squash, Swiss chard and peppers. His harvest was so
robust that he often distributed vegetables to his doctors, insurance agents,
neighbors and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, his daughters, Diane Wagoner, Michele
Wells, Joanne Fulco, Lois Latorra and Christine Fulco, his grandchildren,
Christopher Wagoner, Timothy Wagoner, Jonathan Wagoner, Makenna Coon, Riley
Coon, Maria Latorra, Leah Latorra and Seana Fulco, and a great granddaughter
A private family service will be held to honor his exemplary life. Those wishing to
make contributions in his name should consider Pets for Vets, which matches
emotionally and physically wounded veterans with shelter dogs.
Arrangements are under the care of the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights 724-224-8688.
To send and on line condolence please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.