Elena Castracane


Elena Castracane died peacefully at Schervier Pavilion in Warwick, NY on Sunday, July 7, 2019. She was 85 years old.


Born in Villa Santa Maria, Italy on September 24, 1933 to parents Rosario and Rosina Castracane, she came to this country as a young teen. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her greatest passion was her family. Talk about Italian food, she was the best cook. Her favorite motto “food is love” and there was plenty of that!


Prior to her retirement, Elena worked at Bulova Watch Company in Jackson Heights, NY.

She was also very involved in her parish of Our Lady of Fatima while raising her family in Jackson Heights. She loved singing in the choir and volunteering her time with many church functions. 

In her retirement, she spent many years living in Hemlock Farms, Hawley, PA, before moving to Warwick.


She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Tonino Castracane of Warwick; her son John P. Castracane of Warwick and daughter Linda A. Belokostolsky and her husband Denis of Warwick. Cherished by five grandchildren: Elliot J. Belokostolsky of Warwick; Jonathan E. Bittner of Philadelphia, PA; Eric J. Belokostolsky of Burlington, ME; Vanessa M. Miller and her husband Rob of Hawley, PA and 

Cynthia A. Caruso and her husband Tom of Malvern, PA and four great grandchildren: Lily, Robbie, Matteo and Gabriella. She was predeceased by two daughters: Gabriella Bittner and Marcelle Castracane.


Sincere appreciation and gratitude to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties especially Joanne, Tricia, Tiffany, Fr. Billy & Denise 


Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 

10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 15 at St. Stephen RC Church, 75 Sanfordville Road, Warwick, NY.  Interment will follow the mass at The Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.


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My deepest sympathy to the Castracane family on the passing of Elena. Love and best wishes from the Nichols family in Canada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Esther Nichols
Love you Zia!!
Debra Froonjian
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