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Olga R. Serraro


Olga R. Serraro (nee Guarillo) of North Haledon passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 while receiving the loving care of her family.


Olga was born in Paterson, NJ. Her mom and dad actually met on the boat voyage while immigrating to the United States. When she was only seven years old her mother suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. Her dad sent her and her younger sister to Mary Help of Christians Academy, which was an orphanage at the time. Olga and her sister lived there for five years when their father brought them back home. After coming home again, Olga’s aunts played a large part in helping her father raise her and her sister.

Olga went to work at an early age, her first job was at a Hosiery Mill where she made stockings. Later she worked as an Office Clerk at Meyer Bros in Wayne from 1956-1990. Olga met her late husband Angelo at a gas station where he was pumping gas and fixing cars. Angelo too had lost his mother at a very early age and was forced to go to work quite young instead of nurturing his education. This was something special that Olga and Angelo shared in common. They hit it off wonderfully and as fate would have it they fell in love and were married on April 7, 1940 at Our lady of the Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Paterson. After they were married they stayed in Paterson for a while then moved to North Haledon in 1954. They called North Haledon their home and raised their two daughters there as well. Olga and Angelo remained in North Haledon until Angelo’s passing in 1993. Olga stayed in the very same house after her husband died and lived on her own until 2014. Olga and Angelo were parishioners of St Paul’s RC Church in Prospect Park for many years. Following Angelo’s passing, Olga joined the St Gerard’s Senior Club and also worked the St Gerard’s Bingo for many years.

Olga was a “tough’ lady, was sharp as a tack and always convinced people that she was right. Along with instilling to her children wonderful and strong family values, she always made it clear to her kids that they should never let anyone push them around. Olga loved traveling and some memorable places that she visited were Hawaii and Aruba. Actually she loved to travel wherever a casino could be found. Gambling was one of her favorite pastimes. She was fun loving, enjoyed spending time with old friends and making new ones. She was quite the cook as well and was well known for her sauce (gravy) and her meatballs and Braciole at Sunday dinners with the family. However Olga’s family remembers her best dish being her Eggplant. Olga cherished fifty-three years of loving and loyal marriage and took much pride in raising their two daughters. She was dedicated to her Catholic faith and was extremely proud of her Italian heritage. Olga was blessed to have such a full and healthy life and she touched the lives of many people. She will be sincerely missed by everyone who knew her.

 Olga is survived by her two daughters; Arlene Mangin of Manasquan and Judith Carilli and her husband Thomas of Florida, two granddaughters; Michele Kuslansky of Ramsey, and Renee Semon and her husband Tucker of Wayne, one great-grandson; Sean Semon of Wayne and one great-granddaughter; Charlie Semon also of Wayne, one sister in Florida. She was predeceased by her loving husband Angelo in 1993.

 A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday June 22, 2017 at 10AM at St Gerard’s Majella Catholic Church, 501 West Broadway, Paterson, NJ 07522. Friends and loved ones planning to attend the funeral mass are asked to meet directly at church on Thursday.

Interment will be in Holy Sepuchre Cemetery in Totowa.


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I learned today of Olga's passing. She was a very nice woman who was kind to my 96 year old father at Sunrise Assisted Living were they resided. She was one if his dinner companions and will be dearly missed.

Randy chiocca


Olga was my friend Judy's mom. What a wonderful tribute to a loving, long-lived, and lively lady!

Linda Palmer

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