In the early morning hours on October 30, 2018, while sleeping peacefully, God gently took the hand of Lena, age 96, and walked her home to be with her husband, Tony, who passed away 29 years ago.
Keeping with Lena’s wishes there will be no calling hours. There will be a funeral mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waterloo on Saturday (November 3, 2018) at 10 a.m. with Fr. Jim Fenessey officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 25 Center St. Waterloo NY 13165 or Pathway Homes of the Finger Lakes, PO Box 516 Seneca Falls NY 13148.
Lena was born in Seneca Falls, N.Y. on October 4, 1922, the daughter of Rocco and Dorthea (Lippa) Esposito. She was a graduate of Mynderse Academy. On June 21, 1941 she married the love of her life, Tony. While raising their five children she was a bookkeeper for his plumbing and heating business from 1952 until June of 1989 at the time of his passing. Lena was also Seneca County Democratic Election Commissioner from 1966 until her retirement in 1985. She was a Seneca County Court attendant from 1986 until 2004. She then worked as a part time typist in the acct. dept. of Dept. of Human Services from 1990 until 2004. Through the years Lena was a committee person of the Seneca Co. Democratic party holding the offices of secretary and treasurer.
Lena was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and could be found in the summers at the festival with her husband Tony selling their famous clam chowder. Lena was a life member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Teresa #806 and a life member of the Waterloo Sportsmen’s Club Aux.
She is survived by and will always be known as “the best Mother in the world” by her five children. Her son, John (Linda) DiPronio, of Waterloo; her daughters Grace Clark of Waterloo, Dory (DeLoss) Stuck of Seneca Falls,Toni (Ralph) Smith Jr. of Waterloo and Debbie (Clint) Moosman of Seneca Falls; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; brothers Louie (Rose) Esposito and Angelo (Jane) Esposito both of Seneca Falls; and sister, Teresa Andersen of Staten Island, N.Y; brother-in-law, Ed Stephany of Clifton Springs, N.Y., and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 47 years, Tony on June 4, 1989; grandaughter, Kelli M. Trickler on March 21, 1996; son-in-law, John Eddy on January 17, 1998; son-in-law, Raymond F. Clark, Jr. on May 20, 2018; sister, Mary DelPapa; and brother, Mike Esposito.
Also predeceased by In-laws: Joseph DelPapa, Jane Esposito, Robert Andersen, Mary (Mario) Agnello, Palma (James) Marshall, Anna (Ed) Lewis, George (Joy) DiPronio and Jane Stephany.