Lena Grasso


She was that great woman behind the successful man. Lena was her late husband, Joe’s right hand man. Her day started at 5am and ended well after dark. He got the produce and customers; Lena kept everything humming as company treasurer and office manager. She did the hiring, firing, payroll, bookkeeping and even fed workers roast beef sandwiches when the packing house ran late. Somehow she found the time to be a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader, make dance and Halloween costumes, be a band mom, can fruits and vegetables, make jams, jellies and pickles. Her hands were always busy. If she was watching TV she’d be crocheting. On summer Saturdays Lena would pack lunches and her daughters into the station wagon and head to the beach. Later years found her traveling to Italy, Bermuda and California; her daughters were still in tow.
You’d be hard pressed to get Lena angry but it was possible. An IRS agent found this out when she swept him out of her office, literally, with a broom.
Lena met Joseph on a blind date arranged by their parents. Their 67 year union was blessed with 4 daughters : Rosemary Miller, Verna DeWitt, Lorraine DiBona, Janet Bufano; 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Come celebrate 90 selfless years Friday from Noon at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro where there will be a service at 2pm. Burial St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Swedesboro.
Family is requesting donations in lieu of flowers to the Animal Shelter, 1200 N. Delsea Drive, Clayton, 08312. Tell a great story about Lena at lifecelebrationstudio.com

6 thoughts on “Lena Grasso

  1. Janet Bufano

    Mom I sure am going to miss you, but I know you are with me always. You and Dad worked so hard for our family, I pray we make you proud as we carry on your legacy.
    I find myself often asking myself what would Mom do in this situation, and I often remind myself how patient and gracious she was…a true role model.
    You are forever in my heart Mom, I love you always.


  2. Rosemary Miller

    Mom, you were one of a kind. From you I learned kindness, generosity, and how to cook! But most of all I learned never to give up on my dreams.
    I will see you smiling back at me in the roses of spring and the cardinals of winter, in the ocean waves of summer and the sunsets of autumn. When I look at all these things that you loved, I know you will always be there.
    Love, Rosemary

  3. Jeanne Mannix Evans

    I did not know Lena Grasso directly, only vicariously through her youngest daughter Janet. Lena must have been a wonderful Mother because she raised an amazing daughter who will carry on her legacy with love and grace.

  4. Nelda Parker

    My dearest friend Janet , your sisters and your entire family. I have nothing but great memories of your mother ,Lena. Oh how I love saying her name. From her cooking, to her driving us every where.! Then borrowing the car keys to the blue supreme . And I’m sure she knew when we were sneaking in ( or out)!the back stairs So glad you all had that special moment together . With love and deepest sympathy, Nellie

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