Lena Sbrogna's life was rooted deeply in her faith and family. Born on April 22, 1927 in Worcester she was one of eight children to Italian immigrants Francesco and Antoinetta (Santora) Flaminio. Raised in Worcester's Italian neighborhood known as 'Shrewsbury Street' she married Augustine "Gus' Sbrogna in 1946 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
And so when the end did come for Lena on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Delray Medical Center in Florida, tears were shed yet smiles and memories continue to be shared. Lena has been reunited on the heavenly dance floor with Gus where the music now never ends. She was 89.
Behind every good man is a better woman and Lena was the woman behind the successful operation of Sbrogna Auto Body. Together they owned and operated the business of over 40 years before they were afforded retirement in 1984. It was then they began sharing time between their homes in Delray Beach and Worcester. Gus died in April 1986 and life changed but it didn't end for Lena. She continued to winter in Florida and was a much loved member of her community there and was always up for a game of poker and a dance, a night at the theatre, or being the emcee for the annual fashion show. She was blessed with the special friendship of Lenny and Ginger Paulson who looked after her life as if she was their mother.
While in Worcester she was a faithful communicant at Our Lady of Mount Carmel where she belonged to its Golden Ages group. Through the years, Mt. Carmel was the center of the Italian community where Lena and Gus were familiar faces on the dance floor at many of the annual church functions at the cultural center on the parish grounds. True to her Italian heritage she loved to cook for family and friends and she enjoyed gardening in particular her prized flower beds, both Worcester and Delray Beach.
Several years ago, Lena received the American Red Cross Local Heroes Award for her efforts in saving a young neighborhood boy from choking.
In heaven Lena is rejoined with Gus and her siblings, Mary Rotondo, Patsy, Maurice, John and Frank Flaminio.
Lena adored her family and treasured the time spent with them and the lifetime of memories. She leaves her son, Ralph F. Sbrogna and his wife, Debra of Boston; she was the much loved 'Mama' to her grandchildren Ralph F. 'Chip' Sbrogna and his partner, Susan O'Connor of Austin, Texas, Kristen A. Sbrogna-Christianson and her husband, Jon of Berkeley, California, Derek A. Sbrogna of Austin, Texas and Matthew A. Sbrogna of Boston and was the 'Big Mama' to her great grandchildren Wren and Wilder Christianson; she also leaves her sisters, Lucille DeSantis and Angela DeAngelis, both of Worcester; many nieces & nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember Lena's life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center on Tuesday, July 5th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Saint John's Cemetery, Worcester.
Memorials in her name may be made to American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave, Waltham, MA 01701