Arlene S. Cellerari of the Tripp Park section of Scranton died peacefully Monday at Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center after an illness. She was the widow of Jack P. Cellerari, who died Dec. 6, 1980.
Born in Dickson City on June 3, 1924, daughter of the late Anthony and Stefania Mackiewicz Zaikowski, she was a graduate of Dickson City High School, class of 1941, a graduate of the West Scranton Hospital School of Nursing and did post-graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania. She was operating room supervisor at the West Side Hospital before her marriage. In earlier years, she was active with the hospital alumnae and volunteered with the Red Cross.
After Arlene's husband Jack's death, she took over Jigger's Café, a family business, for the past 31 years. She retired in 2011 at the age of 86.
She was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Patrick's Church. A quiet, kind, soft- spoken and reserved person, she always had a positive outlook on life. Her famous words were, "This too shall pass." She never spoke a bad word about anyone.
Arlene was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt; she was loved and will be missed by all who knew her. A special thank you is extended to the entire staff at Allied Skilled Nursing Center for the kind and compassionate care given to Arlene, especially everyone at fourth-floor south, Mary Greehley, Dr. Wiley, Dr. Manahan, and Barbara Burke, CRNP.
Surviving are a daughter, Debbie Falvo and husband, Carl, with whom she resided; a son, Jack Cellerari and wife, Noreen, Jenkins Twp.; three grandchildren, Stephanie Falvo, Scranton; Anton and Cierra Cellerari, Jenkins Twp.; a great-granddaughter, Ashlynn Cellerari; several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Sophia Husosky, Estelle Cherney, Bernice Parsell and Jean Petrotta; and a brother, Joseph Zaikowski.
The funeral will be Thursday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, 1605 Oram St., Scranton. Interment will follow at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Friends may call today, 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411. Visit www.solfanel lifiorillofuneralhome.com
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