Eleanor “Ellie” Strazzeri, a long time North Scranton resident and business owner, passed away early Saturday morning at the Jewish Home of Eastern PA. Her husband, Louis “Louie” Strazzeri died on August 13, 2009. At the time of his death, they were married for 64 years.
Born on March 1, 1926 she was the daughter of the late Rose Nesterick Greenwood and John Bronko and step daughter of the late Frank Stine. Ellie attended Throop public schools and was employed by the Grove Silk Mill and Throop Silk mill. Ellie was a member of the local ILGWU during her years working in the factories. Ellie also worked for her sister in law and brother in law at Perna’s Restaurant during the summer months at Lake Wallenpaupack. In 1968, Eleanor and Louie opened Strazzeri’s Restaurant on Providence Square in North Scranton which operated as a family business for over 40 years until they retired. Every single person that walked through the doors of the restaurant were treated like family. Eleanor greeted all of her customers with a smile and made them feel welcomed. Eleanor and Louie made many lifelong friends throughout their years in business who became like a second family to them. Eleanor never turned away someone in need of a meal and conversation, regardless of their ability to pay or not. For many years she and her husband would cook holiday meals for the men and women of Providence Square who did not have anyone to share a meal with, before going home to cook for her own family. Always a giver, Eleanor would never let a family member or friend struggle in their time of need. A member of Mary Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, Eleanor possessed a great faith in God which kept her comfortable and peaceful in her final days.
Eleanor and Louie traveled all over the world including Europe and they enjoyed spending their winters at their home in Lake Wales, Florida among their many friends. A phenomenal cook and baker, she enjoyed entertaining her family and friends and sharing her homemade meals with them. “Grandma Ellie” was a devoted wife, mother, mother in law, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Her greatest joy in life was her family, especially her great granddaughter Olivia, who she passed her love of baking down to. Eleanor was a woman of great character, strength, and most of all class. She lived her life to the fullest. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. The family would like to thank The Wright Center for Primary Care, Jeremy, Dr. Kevin Olson, and her most recent caregivers Dr. Kenneth Sebastianelli and the staff at the Jewish Home for the compassionate, loving care given to Eleanor.
Also surviving are her son Louis C. Strazzeri and his wife Sandy, Scranton; a grandson Louis J. Strazzeri and his wife Kelly and their daughter Olivia Strazzeri, Throop; a granddaughter Marianne Strazzeri, Dunmore; brothers Robert Stine and wife Ann Marie, Throop and Eugene Stine and his wife Geraldine, Dover, DE.; a sister in law Eleanor Jean Soma, Stratford, CT; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by brothers Walter Bronko and Edward Stine and a sister Delores Bronko Fusari.
The funeral will be conducted Wednesday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home, Inc. 1030 North Main Ave, Scranton, with mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St, Scranton. Entombment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends and family may call Tuesday, 4pm to 7pm.
Memorial contributions in Eleanor’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 712 South Keyser Ave. Taylor, 18517. The American Heart Association, 613 Baltimore Drive Suite 3 Wilkes-Barre, 18702 or the Jewish Home of Eastern, 1101 Vine St. Scranton, 18510.