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Erlene F. Casternovia 1954 -2021

Posted By Thomas Renaud On November 25, 2021 @ 8:52 pm In Obituaries | 10 Comments

In Memorial

Erlene Francis Casternovia, 67, of Savannah, Georgia, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, at St. Joseph’s Hospital after a brief illness. Born on Oct. 1, 1954, in Springfield, N.J., to the late Dominick and Helen Casternovia, she moved to Savannah in 1998. Erlene worked in retail appliance sales for over 35 years, but especially enjoyed her most recent position at Two Men and A Truck.

An active member of Radiant Life Christian Fellowship for over 20 years, she helped with Christmas pageants even though she could not sing, and every Christmas season her Savannah home would be filled with countless homemade gingerbread cookies for the annual church fund-raiser. Thanks to her expertise in appliances, she built her dream kitchen, which she then used to generously bake amazing cheesecakes, host great Italian feasts for her Southern friends (especially whenever family and friends came south to visit), and she never turned away the chance to fellowship with others.

She had a penchant for fireworks and reveled in every bang and colorful burst; she had a wonderful sense of humor paired with a quick wit that often left family and friends gasping for air between the laughter and tears; she loved movies, especially comedies; she was blessed with wisdom well beyond her years and had a way of telling you what you needed to hear, even when it wasn’t what you wanted to hear; she was generous in her spirit, her time and her earthly resources; and she loved her “boys”—Mac, Jett and Bubba (even though they buried countless TV remotes and tennis shoes in the back yard) as well as her beloved parakeets, Boo and Chiquita.

But above all this, she loved her Lord. She served him with joy, and boldly told all who would listen about how He had changed her life. She undoubtedly reveled in hearing “Well-done, good and faithful servant” (which was most likely followed by an equally boisterous: “‘bout time you got here, Chop!”)

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dominick and Helen, and her brother-in-law, John DiCocco. She is survived by her brother, Eugene, and sister, Sally DiCocco; nieces, Dana Mahowald (Luke), Amanda Evey (Garth), and Rachael DiCocco; and nephew, Christopher DiCocco. She is also survived by countless friends whom she collected from each phase of her life and who loved her like family.

A memorial service is planned by the family at Radiant Life Christian Fellowship, 5619 Skidaway Road, Savannah, at a date to be determined.

A celebration of life is planned on Dec. 9 at Calvary Tabernacle, 69 Myrtle St., Cranford, N.J., 7 p.m. visitation, 7:30 p.m. service. Private interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery, 1100 E. Broad St., Westfield, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Erlene’s memory can be made to Gateway Pregnancy Center, P.O. Box 1793, Union, N.J. 07083.


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Condolence from Bob Rice on November 29th, 2021 8:03 pm

She was such a joyful, loving person – I have so many fond memories

Condolence from Sally DiCocco on December 2nd, 2021 1:08 pm

Yes she was. Thank you for sharing, Bob.

Condolence from Holly Dicocco on December 1st, 2021 8:15 pm

I was very shocked to hear Erleen had passed, however knowing how much she loved the Lord and how much she could not wait to be with Him. Heaven and earth will never be the same!!! Peace Erlene!

Condolence from Sally on December 2nd, 2021 1:16 pm

You’re right, Holly. It was a very unexpected parting. Things will not be the same. She has a large presence wherever she is. She’s probably telling God all about it! Thanks for sharing.

Condolence from Debra Hartz on December 4th, 2021 3:02 pm

Hi Sally
I was really said to hear of your loss of Erlene. A sweet and funny lady. I can still hear and remember her laugh.
In Jesus, Debbie Hartz

Condolence from Sandy Weimer on December 6th, 2021 7:12 pm

Dear Sally and family. Missing Erlene very much. The last time we talked on the phone we laughed until we cryed!! Such a memory to remember her by. Im happy she is with her Lord. Blessings to you and your family and prayers of condolences to everyone. Sandy Weimer

Condolence from Michelle and Lee Fleming on December 6th, 2021 9:29 pm

Sally and family, Please know that you are all in our prayers. Erlene loved you so much and always talked about her family and New Jersey. We were so blessed to have Erlene as a friend over the past few years and will miss her and the fun times we have had together. We are glad she is with our Lord Jesus and know she will make sure He keeps an eye out for her family and friends until we meet up with her again one day in heaven. God bless you and may His peace keep you each day.

Condolence from Kim on February 10th, 2022 9:43 am

I am missing my friend.❤️

Condolence from Doreen Franko on May 22nd, 2022 6:05 pm

Dear Sally & family,
I just heard that Erleen passed. So sorry for your loss.
Doreen Franko

Condolence from Helena Roberts Shaver on August 10th, 2022 5:06 pm

Sally, I had known Erlene from Springfield in the 1970s. Every time we passed thru Savannah, we’d have dinner and laugh like crazy. I only found out now that my dear friend is gone. We always picked up our friendship like we talked yesterday. And, on top of that, my Mom knew your Dad back in the 1920-30s as kids in Springfield. My condolences to you on your loss of Johnny and Erlene.

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