OBITUARY

George N Zuckero

October 18, 1937August 25, 2019
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George Nicholas Zuckero, beloved husband, loving father and adoring grandfather, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at the age of 81. He was surrounded by his devoted family.

George was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, on October 18, 1937, to Nicholas Lawrence Zuckero and Phillipine Cuccerre Zuckero. George was the eldest of three siblings, all raised to value their Sicilian heritage. He attended Christ the King Parochial School and graduated from St. Thomas High School in 1956. He served in the Army and Army National Guard for eight years, and during this time, he attended the University of Houston, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1964.

In 1967, he met the love of his life, Damiana Garza, while they were both members of the Catholic Alumni Club. It was love at first sight, and they married on June 30, 1968, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Houston. They recently celebrated their fifty-first year of marriage.

George’s Catholic faith was the cornerstone of his life. He believed in working tirelessly for social justice and was a founding member of The Metropolitan Organization in Houston. He attended Assumption Catholic Church for more than 50 years, where he served on the Finance Council, Pastoral Council, as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Engaged couples’ sponsor, on the Church Renovation Committee and was Bazaar Co-chair. George was also a long-standing member and three-term President of the Sacred Heart Society of Little York, an organization which his dear grandfather, Dominick Cuccerre, and other Sicilian immigrants, founded.

George spent the majority of his professional career working at Sullivan Transfer Company (The Freeman Company) and retired as General Manager after 31 years of service, where he made lifelong friendships.

George and Damiana loved to travel around the world, especially on cruises, pilgrimages and special trips to Sicily to visit his family.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Phillipine. He is survived by his loving wife, Damiana Garza Zuckero; faithful daughters, Paula Marie Zuckero Raska and Camilla Anne Zuckero; devoted son-in-law, Steven Anthony Raska; adoring grandchildren, Alexandra Nicole Raska, Kathryn Marie Raska, Phillip Anthony Raska, Sebastian George Triola and Frank (Frankie) Nicholas Triola; younger sister, Mary Rose McGowen (Edward McGowen); younger brother, Dominic Joseph (D.J.) Zuckero (Sharon Zuckero); aunt, Christine Beasley; and numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers: Phillip Raska, Sebastian Triola, Nicholas McGowen, Greg McGowen, Jones T. Robertson III, Steve Garza, David Luna and Mark Gabriel Luna.

Honorary Pallbearers: Frankie Triola, Andrew Joseph (A.J.) Garney, John Flores, John Graff, James Roberts, Ed Symczak, Aristeo Herrera, Bill Garza, Robert Garza, John Garza, Gene Garza, Rudy Garza and Jorge Garza.

George will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either The Saint Vincent De Paul Society of Assumption Church (901 Rose Lane, Houston, TX, 77037, Attn: Susan Braden), Assumption Catholic Church (901 Rose Lane, Houston, TX, 77037) or Casa Juan Diego (P. O. Box 70113, Houston, TX, 77270).

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 30, 2019
  • Rosary Service Friday, August 30, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • Rite of Committal Saturday, August 31, 2019

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Sue Wheelock

September 1, 2019

With a sad but grateful heart I say, Thank You, George! As a green rookie with Local 550, Decorators, George stands out as one of the best memories of my early years in the Tradeshow Industry. In the days of seemingly endless hours setting shows George believed in people helping each other get the job done no matter which union we were in. God blessed me greatly in those years giving me someone to look up to, someone who was so knowledgeable, and who maintained his sense of humor no matter what the circumstances. The world has lost a truly great man and we are all better people because of him. My love and prayers are with his family and loved ones. We are all so very blessed to have known and had the honor of loving this beautiful human being.

Dub and Heather Maedgen

August 30, 2019

George was a good neighbor and a good man. We pray for his immortal soul and for comfort for his family. May he rest in the peace which abidest in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Bob and Kay Wheeler

August 30, 2019

George and Damiana have been such good friends and neighbors. George and I walked together for two or three years, our children went to school together and we even went to the movies together. Damiana, our prayers are with you and the family. George loved his family, his life and the Lord. May God’s Peace, Love and Healing powers surround you all. Bob and Kay

Yolanda Garza

August 28, 2019

Lee Butler

August 28, 2019

My condolences to the entire Zuckero family. It was a great pleasure to see so many classmates at our Christ The King 8th grade reunion several years ago. I have been away so long from Houston and have missed the camaraderie with so many friends from STHS and CTK.

Ingeborg GARNEY

August 28, 2019

George was introduced to me by my husband A.J. Garney. After a pleasant evening together, George told A.J. that I was the one, and after 28 years he was right.
I will always love and miss you George.
Ingeborg Garney

Nuncio Martino

August 27, 2019

Our prayers are with you. He will be missed.
Nuncio & JoAnn Martino

Carlos Zuckero

August 27, 2019

Condolences to the family for the loss of a good man. George was always there for us in our times of bereavement. I can remember George as my supply Sargent, although I never received any extra, or watching the grand kids play soccer. We were glad to have Damiana as a teacher for my children and wish nothing but the very best for her in this time of sadness. Rest in Peace George and deepest condolences to the wonderful family.. Carlos and Peggy Zuckero

Cheryl Dudley

August 27, 2019

Damiana, you and George are part of the Raska family. I will miss George at all the family gatherings. I will miss his kind words and jokes. Paula and Camilla, please know we love you and will be here if you need anything. Alexandra, Kat, Phillip, Sebastian and Frankie please keep your memories of your grandpa with you. Hug and kiss your grandma and moms a little more often. Steve be a strong leader for the family.
Rest in Peace George

Love to you all,
Cheryl

A.J. GARNEY JR

August 26, 2019

George and I started the first grade together in the 1940's, at Christ the King school. We stayed as school buddy's at St. Thomas High School, then one year at the Univ. of St. Thomas. We have been close for over 75 years.
George will be greatly missed. God bless all his wonderful caring family.
A.J. Garney ( Big Jr.)

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