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 –

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