Luke P. DeIuliis
December 13, 1924 – August 5, 2019
Luke Patsy DeIuliis, age 94, of Arlington, Virginia, passed away on August 5, 2019. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle.
Luke was born on December 13, 1924, in Ronco, Pennsylvania, to Marie and George DeIuliis. He grew up in Nemacolon, Pennsylvania, and served in the United States Navy during World War II in both the Pacific and Atlantic. He moved to Washington, D.C., in 1949, and on September 2, 1950, Luke married Theresa Pomerleau. In 1957, Luke and his family moved to their home in Arlington, Virginia. Luke was a member of St. Thomas More Cathedral parish in Arlington where he served as an usher during the later years of his life. Luke worked for Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company in Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Virginia, for 37 years. After his retirement in 1988, Luke and Theresa enjoyed time with family, traveling, and gardening.
Luke was a devoted family man, and he exemplified the values of hard work and humility. Time spent with family was his greatest joy. His Father’s Day gatherings in the backyard grilling ribs became a family tradition. Luke never wanted any presents for Christmas. He asked only for the gift of family, good food and a glass of wine. Over the past eight months, he showed us how to face death with dignity. He enjoyed every moment with his wife and family, and made the most of the time he had — planting his garden of tomatoes and peppers and making beer, bread and Italian sausage. Luke will be dearly missed by all who loved him. In his final hours he gave us comfort when he said, “We will all be together again.”
He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Theresa DeIuliis, his daughters Patricia Walker and husband Richard, Lucille DeIuliis and husband Hal Arneson, Annette DeIuliis and husband Martin Rhodes; his grandchildren Ryan Walker, Luke Walker and wife Fern, Jesse Rhodes, Joel Rhodes; great-grandsons Dante Walker, Vincent Walker; his brother Joseph DeIuliis; and many nieces and nephews.
Luke was preceded in death by his parents, George and Marie DeIuliis, his sisters Marguerite Corsetti, and Loretta Fetko, and his brother Anthony DeIuliis.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by Very Reverend Patrick L. Posey on Monday, August 19, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More, 3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington, Virginia 22203, followed by military honors and a reception in Burke Hall at the same address.
Luke would want everyone to think of him the next time they are enjoying a plate of spaghetti with family. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice.