Florence Saraceno

Florence J. Saraceno

Wednesday, June 1st, 1921 - Friday, December 25th, 2020
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It is with great sadness among family and friends that Florence J. Saraceno, age 99, of Erie, peacefully passed away Dec. 25 at Pleasant Ridge Manor in Girard, Pa., after complications due to Covid-19.

She was born Philomena Joan Adiutori in Erie on June 1, 1921 to the late Augustine Adiutori and Anna (Vaccarello), the first of three children (Gloria, Doris).

She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Saraceno, in 1988, and sister Gloria Stevens in 2004.

She is survived by sons Gary Saraceno and Jon Saraceno (Shawn); sister Doris Krah; grandchildren Julie Ritzel, Mark Saraceno (Ilona), Eric Saraceno (Julie) and Sebastian Saraceno; great-grandchildren Emily Ritzel, Madison Saraceno, Leah Saraceno and Owen Saraceno; nephew Mark Stevens (Laurie); and goddaughter Emily Sertz (Ron).

She was a proud graduate of Villa Maria Academy in 1940. She later worked for General Electric. Florence loved cooking her favorite Italian dishes, baking and playing cards with friends. For years, she worked as an after-school nanny and was beloved by children and parents.

As a widow, Florence lived in her home in Millcreek for many years before moving to the Villa Maria Apartments. She loved her independence, the neighborhood and her new friends. She relocated to Sarah Reed Senior Living before spending her last years at Pleasant Ridge Manor in Girard. The family wishes to thank her many caregivers for their loving attention and compassion, with special gratitude to Mary Lou and Bruce Noyer and Mary Bartko.

Funeral services are private prior to burial at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
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    Calvary Cemetery
    3325 West Lake Road
    ERIE, PA 16505
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Gil Nagle

Posted at 10:10pm
Over the years our lives have taken different paths, but there are VERY fond memories of your mom and dad.Sincere condolences on our loss. Gil Nagle

Denise Samson Boyles

Posted at 01:31pm
Your family has my families deepest sympathy. Your mother was a good friend of my mother Evelena Bellucci Samson. May your mom rest in peace. God bless and be safe.


Posted at 11:41am
Indeed....Mrs. Saraceno made the best homemade spaghetti that I have ever tasted!! We are saddened to hear of her passing. I will think of her often, as I still drive down Ridge Blvd two or three times per week on my way to work. The Saraceno family provided me with countless childhood memories as I grew up there over 50 year ago, and, to this day.

Sincere condolences to the entire family. May Mrs. Saraceno Rest in Peace......a grand life celebrated!

Danny, Michelle, Lyndsey, Todd.......and the entire Carneval family

Mark Stevens

Posted at 11:15am
Love you Aunt Florence. Your memories will be part of my life until I'm gone.

The Cassina/Kuprenas family

Posted at 10:59am
Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time. We send you our heartfelt sympathies and wish you comfort and peace.
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