Mary Melchiorre Bacchi of Bridgeport, who with her husband, Russell, founded the Bacchi Funeral Home in that Montgomery County town in October 1952, died of colorectal cancer on Monday, June 11, at Paoli Hospital.
Born in Monocacy, near Pottstown, Mrs. Bacchi attended Pottstown High School.
Son Darryl said Mrs. Bacchi "assisted my father in the daily activities of the funeral home, helping with the books, helping with the cosmetics." After her husband died in 2002, "up until the last month, she worked with me."
Mrs. Bacchi was born of immigrant parents. Her son said she "could speak and read and write Italian" well enough that "she used to interpret for the Philadelphia court system" in the 1980s and 1990s.