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Yvonne C. (nee DeGrave) Zucco

Obituary for Yvonne C. (nee DeGrave) Zucco

January 20, 1962 - August 15, 2020
Glenolden, Pennsylvania | Age 58


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.

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