Michael A. Struzzeri, 61, of Pittston, son of the late Reginald and Mary Struzzeri, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, surrounded by his loving family and friends, at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Hospice, after a long, valiant battle with a rare blood disease.
Michael was an alumni of Milton Hershey School for Boys, Class of 1970. He completed the Culinary Arts Program at Luzerne County Community College, became a certified executive chef and was a member of the Northeast Pennsylvania Chefs' Association. He also taught the soups and sauces course at LCCC. He shared his culinary talents at area restaurants and was proprietor and chef at the Center Street Cafe in Pittston. He was also a valued employee at Benco Dental.
In addition to his parents, Michael was preceded in death by his beautiful daughter, Amanda Rose, and his brother, Simon.
He was a loving husband to his wife, Virginia, devoted father to his stepson, James J. Roxby, and grandfather to James' son, James White.
Michael is also survived by his brothers, Reginald and Phillip; sister, Delores Lemardy; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and two great-great-nieces.
A memorial service will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday at Corpus Christi Parish (formerly Immaculate Conception Church), 605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Michael's life at noon before the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, Michael's wishes were to have donations made to the Medical Oncology Associates of Kingston, 570-288-7231, for their fund to assist cancer patients in need. Michael's family wishes to thank MOA for their love and support during his eight-year battle with an incurable disease.
Arrangments are by Kizis-Lokuta Funeral Home, 134 Church St., Pittston.