Amelia Verdino, 93, of Crystal River, passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014, at the Hospice of Citrus County Care Unit in Inverness, Fla.
She was born to Luisa and Carminantonio Furno on Feb. 10, 1921, in Sa. Leucio Benevento, Italy, and came to America in 1956. She retired to Crystal River in 1975. She was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church of Crystal River. She was an extraordinary cook and enjoyed making things by hand. She was an expert gardener and loved to grow flowers of all kinds, but above all she was a beautiful and wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Erminio Verdino. She is survived by her children, Anna and husband Michael McElroy of Tampa, Fla.,, Maria "Luisa" and husband Fred Koehl of Lecanto, Fla., Anthony and wife Angela Verdino of Clover, S.C., Rita Skerys of Sag Harbor, N.Y., Richard and wife Theresa Verdino of Stirling, N.J., and Delia and husband Glen Oberlander of Dunnellon, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 24, at the Strickland Funeral Home Chapel in Crystal River. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, at St. Benedict Catholic Church. Entombment will follow at Fero Memorial Gardens, Beverly Hills. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Strickland Funeral Home with Crematory of Crystal River assisted the family with arrangements.