Whilmina “Billie” Fucci

By January 9, 2018 Obituaries

Whilmina “Billie” (Rabideau) Fucci, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, was welcomed by her Lord and Savior, and her three oldest children, to her eternal home on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. She was the cherished wife of John P. Fucci for nearly sixty-two years. Together, they raised six biological children, however “Ma/Nana” Fucci was well-known for the many children she helped to raise who were not her own. She always made meals stretch when her children brought home extra mouths to feed. She made extra room in her home for several wayward youth, in need of a place to stay. There was never a shortage of hugs, smiles, sage advice, and love.

Her kindness, humility, strength, faith, and optimism are her legacy. Though she suffered numerous injuries, losses and illness, she always wore a smile, fought her hardest, and received both admiration and inspiration due to her resilience and perseverance.

She was predeceased by sisters Helen (Alvan) Metcalf, Lois (William) Matthews and Anne Fulgoni. Survived by brother Frederick (Sandra) Rabideau, sisters Diane Williamson, Sandra Baptiste (Calvin), Joyce Britton, Mary Ellen Beaulieu (William), and Karen Chiavetta (Armando). She was predeceased only fifteen days by her daughter Linda Fucci of Greenacres, FL. Also predeceased by sons John C. Fucci of Charleston, SC and James Fucci of Stoneham, MA. Billie is survived by Joyce Fucci of Summerville, SC, Daniel Fucci of Raiford, FL, and Christine (Wm. Alan) Freeman of Charleston, SC.

She was belovedly known as Nana, and will be greatly missed by her 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, most of whom she also helped to raise as their adoring sitter.  She never met a stranger she didn’t turn into a friend, and she never met a baby who left her presence without some lovin’.  May her legacy and light live on through those who have been touched by her spirit.

There will be a combined Memorial Service for Billie and her daughter Linda Fucci on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 1 pm at St. Andrews Parish United Methodist Church,  3225 Ashley River Rd., Charleston, SC 29414

In lieu of flowers, Billie’s wish was that you spread love by forgiving someone, or performing an act of kindness. Thank you.


  • Sharon Iovanni says:

    Such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman – Billie was an inspiration to us and our hearts are with you all during this very difficult time. We continue to pray for you all and send you love, hugs and wishes for peace and comfort .
    Sharon and Tom Iovanni and family

  • This is a beautiful ‘Story’ of Billie. I wish I could be there to support you all and to hear more. Love you all <3 Susane Bittner

  • Jen Del Papa says:

    Christine, your Momma had such a sweet and generous heart. I wish I had met her so much sooner, but I cherish the moments I was able to share with her. Her feisty, courageous spirit reminded me so much of my grandmother. What a wonderful legacy of kindness, love and encouragement your momma leaves behind. A beautiful soul inside and out!

  • Alida Joyce says:

    What a lovely tribute. So heartbreaking to lose both Billie and Linda so close together. Warm encompassing hugs to all of you….

  • Sondra Smolen says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Nana was such a kind & strong spirited person. I knew her through her family more so than in person, however in just the handful of times we were together she was radiant & made me feel good. She will be greatly missed & someone will be lucky enough to have her as their guardian angel.

  • Nikki thain says:

    Wow. Clearly her passing is a huge loss to countless recipients of her loving kindness
    My thoughts are with you. A Random act of kindness will be dedicated to your Mom.

  • I’ve kown Billie since High School, and found out she was a long lost relative, Cousin. Her writeup covered everything she was and her memory will remain as such.

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