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Clare Rucci

Clare Rucci

Thursday, October 31st, 2019
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Clare Mae Rucci, 73, of Algonquin, IL (formerly of Des Plaines, IL) died on October 31, the eve of All Saints Day. How appropriate for a woman who believed in putting people first. She was born April 30, 1946 in Chicago, IL. She is predeceased by her loving parents, John Lux and Elsie Miller Lux of Chicago, IL and her great love, Nino Campobasso.
Clare is survived by those blessed to call her Mother, William (Donna Schetter) Lux of Elgin, IL and Maria Rucci-(William) Blazek of Wheaton, IL and her loving goddaughter, Carrie Fisher-Ratajczak of Algonquin, IL.

Her legacy will live on through her loving grandchildren (better known by Clare as ‘Her Angels’) - Nicole and Laura Lux, Zachary and Madison Blazek and great grandchild, Blake Lux. She will live on through her older sister Barbara Lux Diebold and younger brother John Lux, her cousins Donna (Chambers) and Ed Fisher of Algonquin, IL and their 3 children and 8 grandchildren. She will be missed by many nieces and nephews, as well as their spouses and children.
Clare enjoyed a long career with the amazing friends and colleagues at Hertz Rent-a-Car in Des Plaines, IL. After more than 20 years of faithful service, Clare retired from Hertz but not from the relationships she cultivated over the years. She was over the moon to buy her home in Algonquin, IL and embrace the next chapter of her life.

She was always someone who believed in saying hello to everyone because joy comes from giving to others, being honest, trustworthy and having integrity. No one was better at giving advice or feedback, thinking happy thoughts or always believing the best in others. Love who you want. Time goes by fast. Procrastination is a waste of time. Enjoy every crazy moment. She thought Rookies Sports Bar in Elgin had the nicest people and best chicken sandwiches. And remember, one should always tip generously. She loved grocery shopping and could always find a better deal (this was true). Food should always be served piping HOT, toaster ovens work better, expiration dates are debatable and brownies should be served with nuts (I disagree). She believed curtains detracted from allowing the natural light in and one should always read before watching TV. One should never pay interest and there was never a need to lock her doors (“what am I afraid they would steal” she’d say). She was the only person on earth to be able to sleep in hard curlers (why? they invented curling irons), Clare loved the color red, believed black was always slimming and that NO shade of brown was ever acceptable. Everyone was always welcome at her home and table, Sundays were for family and she was keeping the 31 pot if she won (the joke was on her, though, as it was always her money we played with). She was adamant about ‘please and thank you’ and thought one should always dress up for special occasions. She believed laughter at a funeral was acceptable.

Clare was firm on making sure she paid it forward to others by volunteering and she was a big believer that we all have a special purpose. A purpose that allows you to make a difference in others’ lives. She truly lived for her family and set an example of strength, love and faithfulness. If you knew Clare, honor her by thinking of her as you pay it forward to someone. Big or small, she believed we all could make an impact.

Celebration of Clare’s crazy, fun-filled life will be held for immediate family only on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
Written with love by Maria Rucci-Blazek on behalf of her loving family and friends.
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To the only other woman I ever called mom. Red, White and Blue for the wonderful memories you gave me while in the Navy. Love you always, Chuy
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