Joseph Matteucci

Obituary of Joseph Matteucci

Joe Matteucci passed away unexpectedly on December 16, 2017 at his home in Soquel. He was 74. He was born on February 12, 1943 the son of Giuseppe Matteucci and Flora (Petri) Matteucci. He grew up in Santa Cruz where he was a graduate of Holy Cross High School, Class of 1961. He later attended Cabrillo College and served in the National Guard.


Joe worked as a surveyor for the County of Santa Cruz and then for Testing and Controls and DCI as a soils engineer/inspector for many years.


He was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church where he and his wife of forty years,  Nancy were married. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 971 and as a young boy, was an altar server at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Joe was an avid 49’ers and Giants fan. He also enjoyed cooking and fishing.


He is survived by his children, Christina Harmon and her husband, Mitchell, Alisa Matteucci and Vincent Matteucci and his wife Alma; his brother, Paul Matteucci and his wife, Sue; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; David and Jeanne Baker and Chuck and Susan Derby; six grandchildren, Joey, Cameron, Santino, Taylor, Ali and Espie. He is also survived by three nieces, Lizzie Matteucci, Angela Howk and Amy Howk. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Lee (Derby) Matteucci in 2006, his parents, Giuseppe Matteucci and Flora Petri Matteucci; his brother, Vincenso Matteucci and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles Derby and Dorothy Derby.


A visitation will be held at Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel on Thursday December 21 from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm. A private family burial will follow. Friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church 515 Frederick St., Santa Cruz, CA  on Friday December 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow at Star of the Sea Parish Hall.


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