SCRANTON — Helen June Alferio, 90, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at the Linwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the widow of Matthew P. Alferio.
Born in Scranton on June 22, 1924, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Helen Serio. Known by many as Junie, she was loved by all who knew her. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
She graduated from Scranton Technical High School in 1942 and maintained a lifelong friendship with two of her fellow classmates, Betty Sweitzer Davis and Kay Beyers Foytack. After graduation she worked at Stohr and Fister and the Petersburg Silk Mill, where she met her future husband, Matthew Alferio, as well as USF&G Insurance in Scranton.
She loved to work in her yard, watch the "Lawrence Welk Show" and get together with her family and friends. She was always ready for a party and loved to go on adventures in the Pennsylvania countryside and beyond.
June was a resident of the Linwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and a former member of the Downtown Scranton Senior Center where she would perform in their many stage productions. Her favorite role was playing Little Orphan Annie.
The family thanks Dr. Sal A. Lawrence Jr. and the staff at Linwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the kind and compassionate care given to June.
June is survived by her son, Matthew and his wife, Ann Marie Alferio, Roaring Brook Township; granddaughter, Jillian, her husband Jordan, and great-grandson, Jacob Matthew Ferri, Covington Township; son, Gerald, his wife, K Alferio, Richmond, Virginia, and their children, Angeline Pitts, Hanover, Virginia, Dandridge Marsh, Napa, California; sisters, Clair Calianno, Shirley Huddy; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph and John; sisters, Gertrude, Rita and Grace; and granddaughter, Jessica Alferio Clark.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 4 in the Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton. Interment was in Cathedral Cemetery.
Arrangements were provided by the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St., Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial contributions be made to the donor's favorite charity.
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