BECK - LUCIA C. (nee: MAINA)
of Tonawanda Twp., NY November 22, 2021
Beloved mother of Cynthia L. (Bill) Lawrence, Julia A. Starr, Lynn M. (Marty Grabijas) Beck, Bruce R. (Kim Kuschke) Beck, Greg S. (Linda) Beck and Christopher (Julie) Beck; loving grandmother of Jenna Comerford, Lindsey Beck and great grandson Silas Comerford. Sister of Yvonne (late Fred) O'Donnell, Richard (Nancy) Maina, James (late Pam) Maina and the late Benedict (late Elinor) Maina, Robert Maina and Edward (Peggy) Maina; also survived by many nieces and nephews.
All are invited to a Memorial Service at The Well Buffalo, Bethel Campus 995 Dodge Rd, Getzville, NY 14068 Saturday (December 4th) at 11:00 AM. Facemask are required.
Condolences may be made at www.GinnaneFuneralHome.com
Lucia C. (nee: Maina) Beck was born 2/13/1932 in Canandaigua, NY to Anthony Maina and Mary Cesta Maina.
Died 11/22/2021 at McAuley Residence, having been well cared for by their outstanding staff for the past two years.
1951 Attended Nazareth College in Rochester, NY on a scholarship: vocal major and piano minor
1954 Graduated from Fredonia State Teacher’s College with a major in vocal music education: put herself through school earning money singing in bands
1954 Married George E. Beck, Jr., whom she met at Fredonia. They had 6 children together (Cindy Lawrence, Julie Starr, Lynn, Bruce, Greg and Chris Beck.) They divorced in 1975.
1971-1975 taught vocal music in the Buffalo Public Schools and at Casey Middle School in Williamsville
1975-1978: Graduate Teaching and Acting Fellowship and Graduate Teaching Assistant at SUNY Buffalo Department of Theatre, under the supervision of Professor and Chairman Saul Elkin. During this time she also established and presented a program which she took into area High Schools to promote the Theatre department program.
1979 Graduated State University of New York at Buffalo: M.A. Humanities (Theatre, Music and Dance) where her master’s thesis was a one-woman multi-media presentation “Beck on Brecht” at the Katherine Cornell Theatre. She was advised by the playwright and drama critic Eric Bentley, Katherine Cornell Professor of Theatre Arts, whom she studied under.
1981 Media Study Buffalo, NY: Wrote, directed and edited a four-part documentary on death and dying that was aired on WBFO FM
Lucia was a member of The Courtyard Theatre, working with Larry Griffiths and Georgia H. Griffiths from 1969-1975. She also acted in many local productions including roles in “As You Like It” and “The Tempest” with Shakespeare in the Park under the direction of Saul Elkin during the organization’s early years. She was also active in numerous productions with SUNY Buffalo Center for Theatre Research, Williamsville Theatre Group, the Rooftop Players at D’Youville College and summer stock in Alexandria Bay with the NY State Community Theatre Project.
She was a self-employed Massage Therapist, working privately and also working out of the Buffalo Athletic Club on Delaware Avenue. Her love of gardening resulted in a beautiful yard that was well known and much admired by family, friends and strangers alike; it was a neighborhood landmark often photographed by strangers passing by.
Lucia also loved singing with vocal groups ranging from oratorio operatic work to popular music. During her life she had performed with Reinagel Singers, Jongleurs, Schola Cantorum and most recently with Buffalo Choral Arts Society. One of the highlights of her choral experience was touring Europe with Buffalo Choral Arts in 1994, 1997 and 1999 where they performed at cathedrals and other venues in Dublin, London, Paris, Normandy, Salzburg, Vienna, Prague, Barcelona and the Provence region of France. She also performed Evensong Service with that group at the Washington National Cathedral, and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in 2011.
Lucia loved to travel to visit her out of town children, often surprising two of her daughters on their birthday by traveling to either Gig Harbor, WA or Charleston, SC. She also enjoyed traveling to see her brother Jim in Arizona and her brother Rich in Maine with her brother Ben and sister Yvonne, along with cruises with her daughters, her sister and niece Lori. Their most memorable trip was in 2008 when they flew to Italy, rented a villa in Gaeta and got to meet cousins for the first time in her father Anthony’s hometown of Casale di Carinola.
She especially loved to spoil her granddaughters, Jenna and Lindsey. She had a huge influence on and supported them both, encouraging them in dance & music throughout their childhood and adolescence.
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