Elizabeth DiCenso – Age 82, longtime Oakfield resident, died peacefully Wednesday evening August 21, 2013 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home with family at her side. She was born December 2, 1930 in Poggio Picenze, Italy (L'Aquila), daughter of the late Attilio & Mary Louise Centi, also preceded in death by her husband, Pasquale "Patsy" DiCenso on October 7, 1984.
Elizabeth's amazing life story begins as an only child having survived bombings in her hometown during WWII and making her way to the United States in 1946. She graduated from Oakfield-Alabama Central School, Rochester Business Institute (RBI) and in 1953 boarded the Andrea Doria, sailing to Italy to be reunited with the "love of her life" Patsy, whom she married on June 14, 1953. Following a honeymoon in Rome, they travelled back and settled in Oakfield to begin their life together, proud and mindful of their Italian-American Heritage, days filled with hard work, always focused on family and their church. Elizabeth was an entrepreneur and owner of the Oakfield Lauderettes along with several other rental properties. She active member of Parish Outreach, St. Joseph's Table and The Altar & Rosary Society of St. Padre Pio Parish (formerly St. Cecelia's). Liz loved to travel back to her home country of Italy and in the U.S. Family and friends will remember her authentic Italian cooking, namely "Gnocchi's and Pizzelles", her beautiful rose bushes and her love for the "Chicken Dance". Elizabeth's greatest gift and legacy will always be her generous love for family, friends and church, her beautiful warmth will be forever missed.
Surviving are her beloved children, Jean "Jeannie" DiCenso of Oakfield and her children, Tara Marie (fiancé, Nolan) Ingalsbe and Ryan (Rachel) Ingalsbe; David (Diana) DiCenso of Alpharetta, GA and their children, Christian David DiCenso and Danielle Marie DiCenso; Joseph DiCenso of Oakfield and his daughter, Serena Elizabeth Strollo-DiCenso; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Visitation will be from 2-7 PM Sunday August 25, 2013 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited 9:15 AM Monday August 26 followed by a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial, St. Padre Pio Parish 56 Maple Ave. Oakfield, New York 14125. Liz will be laid to rest alongside her beloved Patsy, in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials in her memory be made to St. Padre Pio Parish.
The DiCenso family wishes to thank the staffs of UMMC, LeRoy Village Green, Liz's church family and the many friends and extended family for their care, concern and prayers for their beloved mother.
Please share your memories of Liz, with her family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500.