Yvonne C. (nee DeGrave) Zucco

  • Born: January 20, 1962
  • Died: August 15, 2020
  • Location: Glenolden, Pennsylvania

Cavanagh Family Funeral Home

301 Chester Pike
Norwood, PA 19074

Tel. (610) 532-3120

Tribute & Message From The Family

Yvonne C. Zucco (Degrave), age 58, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children, at her home in Glenolden, Pennsylvania on August 15, 2020.

Yvonne was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, nanny, aunt, and friend. Born in Upland, PA on January 20, 1962 to George W. & Helen (Mooney) DeGrave Sr., she grew up in Ridley Township and graduated from Ridley High School in 1980. She most recently was a caregiver to her grandchildren and employed by Target. Yvonne is predeceased by her husband of 21 years, James A. Zucco Sr., brother Joseph DeGrave and sisters Beverly and Helen.

Yvonne is survived by her brother, George W. DeGrave Jr. her Daughters, Jamie (Brian) Rhoads, Rebecca (Dennis) Mitchell, Heather Zucco (William Garr), Son James A Zucco Jr. and Stepdaughter Tina Gendeloff. She also leaves behind her Grandchildren, Brian Jr., Nicholas, Harper, Austin, Allie, and a soon to be granddaughter in December, all of who will miss their loving Nanny.

Yvonne was a quiet but strong woman who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She valued a strong family bond and was supported by that strength until the end. She enjoyed having her Dunkin Donuts coffee and Wawa vanilla milkshakes. Her favorite pastimes were camping, crocheting, crafting, taking selfies, playing hairdresser and board games with her grandchildren. She loved cuddling with her fur babies Callie, Peppermint, and Millie.

During the last few years of her life, Yvonne's focus turned toward advocating for breast cancer treatment and survivors. Being diagnosed with breast cancer was a double edged sword for Yvonne and this disease brought out her best and most caring side. Her first order of business was to defeat her own disease and she underwent chemotherapy first to shrink her tumor. Faced with the options for surgery, she elected to be a Pioneer in choosing an International groundbreaking approach to mastectomy - a Robotic Mastectomy believing that this new option for treatment would help improve the lives of breast cancer survivors. Her team of surgeons included the world renowned Dr. Antonio Toesca from Milan, Italy who teamed up with her New Jersey Breast Surgeon, Dr. Stephen Chagares. Several days postoperatively, she proudly walked into a Breast Cancer Conference in Manhattan, waving her arms over her head, smile beaming from ear to ear, pain free, being honored as the first Robotic Mastectomy Breast Cancer patient in the United States. It was only after a heartfelt celebration that night followed by a Breast Cancer fundraiser in Central Park, Manhattan, the next morning that Yvonne realized the magnitude of her decision for so many women with breast cancer. Spending most of her life as a quiet reserved woman, Yvonne had overnight transformed into an uninhibited and extroverted advocate for breast cancer treatment and survivors. One of her greatest joys toward the end of her life was networking with and educating women about breast cancer surveillance and treatment. Yvonne will be remembered for her tenacity and strength and most importantly as a leader and advocate for breast cancer options. Yvonne loved being called "The First" and referred to herself as a "RockStar".

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing on Thursday after 9:30 am in the church of St. Gabriel, Mohawk Ave., Norwood, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00 am. Int. SS. Peter & Paul Cem.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Not sure what I'm going to do knowing your not a call away. We have been through so much in 50 years good and bad. And we have both only been a call away if we were not right next to each other. But I can not be selfish, you are free. Free of pain, free of stress worrying about everyone, free of the horrible disease that took you. For that I am relieved. I have so many memories that I would gladly trade to have you back, but that can't be so I will keep these memories to comfort me. I love you I will miss you. Until the time we meet again

Posted by Bobbie Jean Arnot - Essington, PA - Friend   August 20, 2020

Wonderful childhood memories of Yvonne and her Family growing up on Fairview Road. She was always a kind sweet kid. I saw through social media the fight and determination she had to live life. She was and admiration to all. Rip Yvonne knowing that you were Loved by many in the past and present. Memories last us a lifetime and you were a good one. God Bless!----Claire Gillespie Fisher

Posted by Claire Fisher - Woodlyn, PA - Neighbor   August 18, 2020

The Arensmeyer Family sends our condolences to all of you, may your mom Rest In Peace.

Posted by Tammy Arensmeyer    August 17, 2020

I met her once in New Jersey with Jimmy she was a nice lady and cared for her family my condolences to Jim and his family

Posted by Dominic Bruni - Norwood, PA - Friend   August 17, 2020

You were a very strong woman and taught you kids that same strength. They will be fine they have each other and much family and friends to turn to. A little part of our KFC family is gone but never forgotten. You will be missed by many with the only positive thing is that you are no longer in pain or tired. Go and celebrate life with Jim, Mom, Helen and all other family & friends above. RIP Yvonne ......... Donna & Patty

Posted by Donna Pro - Woodlyn, PA - Family Friend   August 17, 2020

God Bless RIP

Posted by David and Sharon Mattera - Morton, PA   August 17, 2020

Yvonne was such a wonderful and loving woman. I haven't been a part of the family in many years, but I always considered her a friend. She was well loved and will be missed dearly. Prayers for the family.

Posted by Betty Grover - Westminster, SC - Friend   August 17, 2020

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