Luke Anthony Baccino, 3, of Landenberg

Luke Baccino

Luke Baccino

Luke Anthony Baccino, 3, of Landenberg, died peacefully at home on May 28, surrounded by all his loving family.

Luke’s infectious smile brought joy and happiness to all who saw it, whether it was family in everyday visits or strangers at the mall or supermarket. No one could pass by Luke without returning a smile of their own.  There was hardly ever a moment when Luke was not happy and smiling and one’s day would always brighten upon just seeing him.

Luke had a wonderful sparkiness about him and would always tell you what was on his mind and what he wanted and when.  Nothing held him back.  His creativity and desire to be the center of attention was never clearer than when he choreographed his own dance routine while also singing along with his most cherished “Frosty the Snowman” singing Christmas card.

Luke’s family would like to thank Dr. Andrew Walter, his team, and all the wonderful nurses at A. I. DuPont Hospital and Dr. Robert Lustig and all the wonderful nurses of the Roberts Proton Therapy Center at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.  All the medical professionals who cared for Luke during his battle treated him so compassionately like a member of their own families and cannot be thanked enough for all they did for Luke and his family.  Luke embraced his caretakers and the countless trips to the hospitals and actually looked forward to seeing them there.

Luke is survived by his parents, Nicholas and Melinda Baccino and brother Cole, of Landenberg; Godparents Erik West of Wilmington and Marilyn Baiardi of West Chester; grandparents Janet Baccino of Kennett Square; Linda Pizzini of Kennett Square; and Sonny and Gloria Pizzini of Landenberg; Uncle Ron Pizzini and his wife, Kathy, of Landenberg; Uncle Lee Pizzini and his wife, Joan, of Landenberg; and cousins R. J., Jacqueline, Nathan, Alexa, and Sara.  He was predeceased by his grandfather Frank Baccino and his Aunt Jacqueline Baccino.

You are invited to visit with Luke’s family and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 W. State Street in Kennett Square, and again on Monday morning, June 6, at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, 8910 Gap Newport Pike (Route 41) in Avondale, beginning at 10 a.m.  Luke’s funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at the church.  Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Route 82, Kennett Square, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in Luke’s memory to the Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803 (or call 302-651-4389 or visit http://www.nemours.org/givingtonemours/waystogive/rememberhonor.html) or the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 324 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (or call 215-590-1000 or visit http://www.chop.edu/giving/ways-to-give).

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com

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