SERENA M. STROLLO – Age 91, of Batavia, died peacefully on Saturday February 15, 2014. She was born August 28, 1922 in Newark, NJ, to the late Anthony and Antoinette (Marciello) Cecere, also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 years, Ralph Strollo in 2004, son, Ralph Phillip in 1949 and son Phillip in 1996. She was the sixth of eight siblings and the last surviving. Her siblings include brothers, Jacob and Rudolph Cecere, sisters, Lucille Carver, Marianne D'Antonio, Antoinette Suckey, Perie Denotaris and Gerie Granieri all from New Jersey; sister-in-law of the late, Dr. Alphonso Strollo, Pvt. Michael Strollo (killed in service, North Africa) and Mary (Strollo) Cecere.
Mrs. Strollo was a member of St. Anthony's Church until its closing and was a lifetime member of the Altar & Rosary Society serving as president on two occasions. She worked for the former Holiday Inn, enjoyed Celtic & Opera music, learned to swim at the age of 62 and went on to be a swimming instructor. Mrs. Strollo had a strong volunteer spirit, loved being with her precious granddaughter, Serena and her Holy Family friends whom she loved as her own family. Her family and her great home state of New Jersey were ever first in her heart and mind and she welcomed the chance to share her love of both.
Surviving are her children; loving daughter, Anita (Joe Forsyth) Strollo of Batavia and her daughter, Serena Strollo-DiCenso with whom she remained in the care of until her passing; son,Michael (Barbara) Strollo of Florida and his son, David (Karen) Strollo of Virginia, and their son, her great-grandson, Nicolas; daughter-in-law, Leslie Strollo and her children, Dr. Nina (Dr. Michael Chopko) Strollo and Dr. Brian Strollo; sister-in-law, Carmella Cecere of New Jersey along with truly doting and beloved nieces, nephews and cousins, especially Dr. Antoinette Cecere of New Jersey who remained a faithful and loving niece.
Family and friends may visit from 4-7 p.m. on Friday February 21, 2014 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited 12:00 Noon Saturday February 22 followed by a 1:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mercy Parish (St. Peter's Site) in LeRoy, burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery alongside her dear, Ralph. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for future distribution.
Please share your memories of Serena, with her family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.
THE FAMILY OF SERENA M. STROLLO IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK.