Lucille Patricia Karaffa R. Ph., age 92, of Port Vue, died November 20, 2019, at Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth. Born December 31, 1926, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Falco and Annina (Ferrara) Muscente of Polena, Italy and the wife of the late Frank J. Karaffa.
Lucille graduated from Duquesne University in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and was a member of the Pharmacy Honors Sorority. She was the first person to open a pharmacy in Port Vue, which occurred in the early 1950s and was called "Port Vue Pharmacy."
Lucille is survived by her son Bruce F.(Holly Snyder) Karaffa of State College, Pa; daughter, Cynthia A. Karaffa PhD. of Port Vue.
In addition to her husband and parents, Lucille was also preceded in death by her siblings, Maria, Lucia, Anothy, Rose, Anthony, Mary, Dominic, and Elayne.
Family and friends will be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on Saturday, November 23, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, 1 p.m., at St. Patrick Church. Committal prayers and burial will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Duquesne University Chapel, McAnulty Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15282, in remembrance of Lucille "Muscante" Karaffa.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
Originally published November 21, 2019.