Elva Stacchiotti Casciano, 89, of Little Falls, N.J., and formerly of Old Forge, died Saturday following a three-year illness with pancreatic cancer. Her beloved husband, Frank Casciano, preceded her in death.
Born in Old Forge to the late Paolo and Maria Bossi Stacchiotti, she was a graduate of Old Forge High School. She then worked as a mechanic's helper on the Pennsylvania Railroad in Wilmington, Del., during World War II. This is where she met her husband before his deployment overseas in the Pacific theater. Following their marriage, the couple relocated to Jersey City, N.J., where they were pioneers in the frozen food industry, running a family enterprise, Casciano Frozen Foods. After her children were born, Elva was a stay-at-home mother.
She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, appliqué quilting and crocheting afghans for family and loved ones. Her life centered around her family, who meant everything to her. She would always place the interests and concerns of others before her own. This was quite evident in her beautiful Christian ways in every aspect of her being. Elva was a member of Calvary Assembly Church, Woodland Park, N.J., where she worshipped and enjoyed the fellowship of many devoted friends. She faithfully read her Bible daily. Elva also enjoyed traveling to the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany, as well as to many states in the U.S.
Surviving are a daughter, Marie Galorenzo and husband, Stan; a son, Daniel Casciano, all of Little Falls; grandchildren, Julie and Paul Galorenzo; Andrew, Ariel and Alex Casciano; brothers, Aldo and Mario Stacchiotti, both of Old Forge; nieces and nephews, Frank and Diane Casciano; John and Roxanne Casciano; Anthony Parise, James Stacchiotti, Ronald Stacchiotti and Mary Ellen Stacchiotti; Linda Mackarey and Michael Stacchiotti; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Dina Parise; and a nephew, Paul Stacchiotti.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. from the Gaita Memorial Funeral Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. Interment, Laurel Grove Cemetery, Totowa, N.J.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial donations may be directed to Calvary Assembly Church, 605 Lackawanna Ave., Woodland Park, NJ 07424.
Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge.
Condolences may be posted to www.ferrifuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 28, 2013