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Mercedes "Penny" I. Bucci

November 18, 1943 — April 28, 2023


Mercedes “Penny” I. Bucci passed away after battling Lymphoma Cancer and pneumonia on Friday, April 28, 2023, at River Crossing Nursing home in St. Charles Illinois. She was born in Providence, Rhode Island on November 18, 1943, the daughter of Fritz and Katherine (Hapsburg) Freiwald. Penny liked to go shopping. She was someone who was full of energy and liked to stay busy. She worked for Knowles Electronics in Franklin Park for several years and for nearly 30 years at Quality Metal in Byron. She collected Koala Bears and Angel Figurines. In the evenings, she liked to wind down and watch her favorite shows on tv.  She also loved animals especially dogs and cats. Above all, however, she loved being a mother. Her family was the most important thing in her life and she lived every day for them.

Mercedes is preceded in death by her parents, former husband James Bucci and twin brother Frank J.­­­ Freiwald.

Mercedes is survived by her son, Vincent J. Bucci of Rockford; sister, Therese (Frank) Nichol of St. Charles, IL.; nieces and nephews, Richard Bucci, Christina (Wayne) Fisher, Jeffery (Debbie) Nichol, Denise (Kelly) Keegan, and Terri Ann (Alex) Guillen; and many great nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation services are schedule for Friday, May 5, 2023, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant Street, Byron, IL. Masks are recommended but not required. A graveside service will take place in her honor at Byron City Cemetery at 12:30 PM with Pastor Randy Snider presiding.  Memorials are established in her name and may be directed to her son, Vincent.
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Service Schedule

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Friday, May 5, 2023

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home - Byron

506 W Merchant St, PO Box 930, Byron, IL 61010

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Friday, May 5, 2023

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