Elizabeth Margaret (Hensch) Castelluccio
September 6, 1934-April 4, 2020
We announce the passing of Elizabeth Margaret (Hensch) Castelluccio, our beloved wife, mom, mother-in-law, grandmother (MiMi), great-grandmother, Godmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, neighbor, and friend to all who knew her.
Elizabeth left us only seven days after the death of her devoted husband Salvatore Anthony Castelluccio of 67 years of marriage. On April 4, 2020, she peacefully entered God’s eternal life to be with her deceased daughter, Christiane and loving deceased husband, Salvatore. She was in her 85th year.
Elizabeth is the wife of deceased Salvatore Castelluccio, She is the mother of daughter (deceased) Christiane Castelluccio, son Prospero (Peppy) Castelluccio, (Debra Viccaro), daughter Liane (Castelluccio) Indrihovic (Paul Indrihovic), and daughter Cathi (Castelluccio) DiCicco, (Ralph DiCicco).
Elizabeth was the proud grandmother of 11, -Christia Hollinshead (Earl), Corissa Robb, Caroline Humbert (Scott), Salvatore Castelluccio, Elizabeth Jones (Brandon), Christiana Vamossy (Nathan), Paulie Indrihovic, Ralphael DiCicco (Ashley Pellegrino), Angelo DiCicco, Catiana Harris (Marino), and Giovanni DiCicco.
Elizabeth was the proud Great-grandmother of 12, - Julia and Presley Robb, Cienna Humbert, Easton and Eli Jones, Leo Vamossy, Peyton and Luciano DiCicco, Penelope, Marino, Kidd Harris and baby Harris on the way.
Elizabeth was the daughter of John and Catherine (Angel) Hensch (deceased) and daughter-in-law of Prospero and Maria (Musmanno) Castelluccio (deceased). She is the sister of Eddy Hensch (deceased at age 7) and brother John Hensch (deceased). She is survived by sister-in-law Jesse Hensch Koslosky.
Elizabeth is survived by her sister Louise (Hensch) Hilinski and deceased brother-in-law Robert Hilinski.
Elizabeth is the sister-in-law of deceased John Castelluccio (Betty, deceased), Nicholas Castelluccio, Joseph Angelo Castellucci (survived by Louise Castellucci), Rose D’Antonio (Al, deceased), Ann Pascuzzi (Joe, deceased), Mary Lou DeFillip (Frank, deceased). Elizabeth is survived by Elizabeth (Castelluccio) Scuticchio (George, deceased).
She had the outmost respect and love for all her friends and relatives including all her Hensch cousins and Flo Dickinson, Pat and Betty Ranalli.
Elizabeth was born and raised in the city of Bloomfield, PA. She boasted with pride when talking to others about the city- Bloomfield-the place where she grew up and knew everything about. Elizabeth had loving nicknames such as Sissy, Betty, Bets, Mrs. C, and MiMi.
In her early years, Elizabeth was a student and graduate of the St. Augustine All Girls Catholic School where she was dedicated to the teachings of the Catholic religion and education. She was a beauty pageant contest winner and belonged to her school’s girl basketball team.
After high school, she worked for Bell Telephone Company and shortly afterwards she met her soulmate “Christy” while dancing at the Linden Grove in Castle Shannon, PA. She knew right away they were meant to live their lives together. At the age of 18, she married her love at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bloomfield, PA. They traveled by train to Niagara Falls, Canada to celebrate their Honeymoon and also celebrated many wedding anniversaries there.
Elizabeth and Salvatore were blessed with four children and a house in Robinson Township. They had company of fantastic neighbors and loyal friends. In 1969, Salvatore and Elizabeth lost their eldest daughter, Christiane to cancer at the age of 16. The death of her young daughter did not stop her life from living. Elizabeth, with her strong faith in God, believed in moving forward for the benefit for her family and friends.
She was very active and involved with her children and husband during their daily lives. Elizabeth was a Girl Scout leader and secretary of Holy Trinity Church and School Auxiliary. She loved planning block picnics with her dearest neighbors. She also traveled with her husband when he would sell Encyclopedia Britannica door to door. Salvatore appreciated when she went with him. She kept him company while he worked and helped him find directions. She was very proud of her hardworking husband.
Elizabeth enjoyed cooking delicious Sunday dinner meals for her entire family and loved to care for her grandchildren while her children worked their jobs. She was the most dedicated grandmother and took pride in being her grandchildren’s number one fan at all of their events. She spread a positive attitude to others many times in her life. Her beautiful smile and sincere personality set an example for her grandchildren. She always told her children and grandchildren, “Smile and the world will smile with you.”
Elizabeth survived emotionally and physically. She believed in never giving up. She did not dwell on the negatives. She promoted, “every day is a new day.” She always kept a positive outlook on life. She overcame many things in her lifetime. She was a survivor of Breast Cancer twice and proved to others that they could do the same as she did. She took the time to be compassionate and kind to even strangers. She enjoyed shopping and friendly conversations. Elizabeth was known for her fashionable style and was humbled by many compliments that she received. She enjoyed traveling with her family on many trips around the country and islands. Elizabeth lived her life to the fullest just her like her husband did. They were inseparable.
Suddenly, in 2018 Elizabeth’s strength showed more than ever. Both Elizabeth and Salvatore kept fighting hard. When the doctor relayed the news about Elizabeth’s major stroke and medical condition, they knew it was time to savor every moment together. Side by side, they promoted each other’s love and belief in God. While Elizabeth resided in rehabilitation care, she welcomed her family and visitors and responded especially to her husband Salvatore’s affection. For 20 months while in rehabilitation, Elizabeth overcame pneumonia, infections, and blood clots. Doctors and medical workers would comment how strong and determined she was to thrive. They commented about how she had a strong will to live.
Then on Sunday, April 4, 2020 Elizabeth was called to Heaven. Elizabeth believed in God’s will in her life and her death. She believed she was always in God’s hands.
“When grief turns into a smile, you know that God has given you strength. God is full of love and will carry you through any loss. We are grateful for the loving prayers and emotional support we’ve received from you for both our mother and father. Your kindness and heartfelt messages fill us with courage and strength. Elizabeth and Salvatore would want you to smile with the memory of them and their love for you. ”
-With all of our love
The Elizabeth and Salvatore Castelluccio Family
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