Entrepreneur Jeno Paulucci, who helped co-found the National Italian American Foundation in 1975, passed away on Thanksgiving Day. He was 93. Paulucci was born in Aurora, Minnesota, to Michelina and Ettore Paulucci, immigrants from Bellisio Solfara, a small town in the Marche Region of Italy. Paulucci started over
seventy companies during his long career. His most well-known ventures included his frozen food company, Michelina’s Inc., named after his mother, and food products such as Jeno’s Pizza Rolls and the Chun King line of Chinese food. Paulucci is survived by son Michael Paulucci of Palm Coast, daughters Cynthia Selton of Longwood and Gina Paulucci of Wayzata, Minn., four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
“Despite his success, Mr. Paulucci never forgot his hardscrabble roots. For years he kept the small truck he first used to haul Chinese food, garaging it in a hangar next to his two private jets and two seaplanes.”