of West New York, New Jersey passed away in late May 2019. Alfred was born on June 19, 1935 to Fortunato Stroscio and Alvina Vilante Stroscio. Alfred’s father had come to the United States with an older brother, Anthony, in about 1905. Alfred’s early years were spent in West New York. During the Korean war era, Alfred enlisted in the Army and served in Germany, following a tradition set by his two older brothers Anthony and John, both of whom served in the Army during World War II. Alfred served for many years with devotion as a firefighter in West New York and he was also the hardworking owner of a Dairy Queen in Jersey City. Alfred maintained a special affection and respect for firefighters until his passing. In his retirement, Alfred was a beloved brother and brother-in-law to Anthony Stroscio and wife, Norma, who survived until 2015, and he was a beloved uncle to nieces and nephews who were the children and grandchildren of Anthony Stroscio. Alfred made many reciprocal visits to North Carolina to visit these relatives over the last twenty-five years. Alfred was also a beloved cousin to relatives on the Vilante side of his family who included descendants of his mother’s sisters, Anna and Tissie. In recent decades, Alfred shared special occasions with his first cousin Connie Lepore and with Connie’s family; Connie was the daughter of Anna, the sister of Alfred’s mother Alvina. Jimmy Lepore of New Jersey is a surviving member of Connie’s family. Other cousins included Judy (Gerard) McNerney, and Rosanne Ost.
In his retirement he enjoyed trips to Atlantic City, going out to dinner at his favorite Italian restaurants, and attending gatherings held by his cousins in West New York. Alfred loved to kid around and tell stories about his Dairy Queen days. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, quick wit and integrity.
Other survivors include: Michael Stroscio, the son of Alfred’s oldest brother Anthony, of Wilmette, Illinois, and Michael’s children Elizabeth Stroscio of Jersey City, New Jersey, Marshall Stroscio and his daughter Lili of Durham, North Carolina, and Gautam Stroscio of Pasadena, California; Gail Stroscio Jones, the daughter of Alfred’s oldest brother Anthony, of Greensboro, North Carolina, and Gail’s daughters Corey and Julie Jones; and Johnny and Bobby Stroscio of Massachusetts, sons of Alfred’s late brother, John Stroscio.
Alfred Stroscio will be buried at Grove Church Cemetery on June 3, 2019, along the side of his father, Fortunato Stroscio, and mother Alvina Vilante Stroscio, as well as his grandparents, Carlo and Rosa Vilante.
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