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Naugatuck, CT 06770
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Michael Croce

Michael Angelo Croce

Thursday, December 12th, 1940 - Monday, December 24th, 2018
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Michael Angelo Croce
1940 - 2018

Melbourne, FL Michael Angelo Croce, 78, husband of Diane (Jacoboski) Croce, died December 24, 2018 in Florida.

Mike was born on December 12, 1940 in Waterbury, CT a son of the late Giovanni and Lucia Croce and had lived in Naugatuck for most of his life before moving to Florida. Mike was a proud U.S. Army veteran and he was a member of the Rat Pack Motorcycle Club. Mike worked in sales for Plume and Atwood, drove a school bus for Region 15 and also worked as a dealer at the Foxwoods Casino.

In addition to his wife Diane, Mike is survived by his son, Steven M. Croce (Kelly); his daughter, Jennifer Alvarez (Peter); his brothers, Jack Croce and Raymond Croce (Kathy); his grandchildren, Michael Vincent Croce (Rachel), Kellen Croce, Alexandra Croce, Steven M. Croce, II, Abbey Croce, Peter Alvarez, Ian Alvarez and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Mike’s life will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019 from 4-7pm at the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Avenue, Naugatuck. Military Honors will be accorded at 7:00pm at the funeral home. Members of the Naugatuck Veterans Council will assemble at 6:30pm. In lieu of flowers and to honor Mike’s memory, contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.buckmillerthurstonmengacci.com.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, February 25th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, February 25th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home
    82 Fairview Avenue
    Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Celebration of Life Service

    Monday, February 25th, 2019 |
    Monday, February 25th, 2019
    Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home
    82 Fairview Avenue
    Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Casandra Nikituk

Posted at 12:34pm
Dear Diane and family,

I was so very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I will always remember him as full of fun and enthusiasm for life. May he rest in God’s arms.
Sandie (Burr) Nikituk

Paul J.Rotatori

Posted at 08:02pm
To the Croce Family , Sorry for your loss... Coach Croce was always one of my favorites, he was a ticket , he was a show by himself loved being around him .
I will always remember him calling Steve by the name Butch much more fitting than Steven... Paul Rotatori. Allstate Little Pal Basketball

Gary J. Knapik

Posted at 10:50am
Diane, Our condolences to you and your family on the passing of Mike. He could be a very intimidating person with his presence but once he smiled you just could not help but to like him. A great guy with a great sense of humor. Gary and Marge Knapik


Posted at 06:56pm
To Family & friends , please accept my condolences on Mikes passing ! So sorry for your loss 🙏🏻.
Glenn Johnson ( former 1960 s RPMC member , Frost Rd , WTBY.

Sandee & Frank Lango

Posted at 05:20pm
Diane, Frank & I are so sorry to hear about your loss. I don't know if you know that we live in Montana now so we won't be able to make Mike's service. May you find some measure of comfort in knowing that he is at home with the Lord. I pray that the amazing grace of God will give you strength and peace until you are together once again. Frank & Sandee Lango, Butte, Monatana.

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