Joseph Pricci, 79, one of this area's top bowlers for many years and a retired manager of the bowling lanes at Congressional Country Club until his retirement in 1968, died of cardiac arrest Thursday at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.

Mr. Pricci was elected to the National Duckpin Hall of Fame in 1970. He was president of the District Duckpin League from 1935 to 1937.

He set a world mark of 497 for three games at the old Recreation alleys in 1932. He was a member of the Lucky Strike Barbers team of the National Capital, which established a world high team game average of 608 for 102 games. Other members of the team included Bill Krause, Charles Watson, Johnny Anderson and Eddie Espey.

Mr. Pricci also had been captain of the Occidental team in the District League.

He managed the Lafayette alleys, Petworth alleys, and Hyattsville alleys before going to the Congressional Country Club, where he worked for six years before retiring in 1968 for reasons of health.

Mr. Pricci was active in charity drives for Children's Hospital for many years. He received an award in 1942 for his work in helping to organize a blood bank tournament for the hospital.

He came to this area from his native Italy in 1911 and attended the old Central High School. He worked in banking and real estate before devoting himself to bowling. He lived in Washington until moving to Gaithersburg in 1971.

Mr. Pricci's wife, Alice, died in 1973. Survivors include a daughter, Rosemary, of Gathersburg, and a brother, Frank, of Washington