on August 12, 2013 - 8:31 PM
April 10, 1976 – Aug. 10, 2013
Antonina M. “Toni” Morcelle, a mother of three and an Erie Community College employee, died Saturday after her fight with a heart condition. She was 37.
Mrs. Morcelle was born in Buffalo into a large family. She graduated from Hutchinson-Central Technical High School, where she excelled as a pitcher on the softball team.
Mrs. Morcelle then earned an associate degree from Erie Community College before earning her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Mrs. Morcelle worked for the Science Department at ECC, preparing chemicals and specimens while maintaining the safety of the laboratories for more than 12 years.
She sat proudly on ECC’s College Senate, where she was a member of the Academic Standards Committee. She was honored with the President’s Recognition Award for Outstanding Technical Support from the college in 2011.
Mrs. Morcelle was happiest on the shores of Lake Erie, where she worked at the St. Vincent de Paul Camp as a counselor and art director. She introduced tie-dye T-shirts to the campers, and the shirts remain a signature part of hundreds of children’s camping experiences each summer.
It was also there that she met – and later said “yes” to the marriage proposal of – Michael Morcelle. They were married May 12, 2001.
Active at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and School, Mrs. Morcelle ran parish Valentine’s dances and was a team member at Mission.
She was happy to be a room mother in the classrooms of her three small children, Isabella, 11, her beautiful dancer; Joseph, 9, her dinosaur lover and Lego engineer; and Matthew, 6, her smiley hugger. She was an avid scrapbooker of her family’s activities.
Besides her husband and children, Mrs. Morcelle is survived by her parents, Michael and Kathryn Marino; two sisters, Josephine Beeman and Elisabeth Marino; five brothers, Paul, Michael Jr., Patrick, Christopher and William.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6441 Seneca St., Springbrook.