Mon. Jun 5th, 2023

Seraphine “Sera” Campagna Scorsone passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 in Slidell, Louisiana at the age of 92. Seraphine is survived by her sons, Joseph Scorsone (Ellen) and Vincent Scorsone, her three granddaughters, Zoey, Catie and Abby, her brother Orazio “Razz” Campagna and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Philip Scorsone (died 2021), her mother Johanna “Jane” Calo Campagna (died 1991) and her father Vincent J. (“Jimmie”, “VJ”) Campagna (died 1984).

Sera was a native of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana for most of her life. She was born Seraphine Rose Mary Campagna in 1931 and raised in the Chalmette/Meraux area of St. Bernard. She lived, worked and raised two boys in the same area until 2001 when she and her husband Phil moved to Abita Springs, Louisiana. Sera’s first-generation Sicilian grandparents on her father’s side (Campagna family) settled in St. Bernard in the 1890’s and made their living as farmers. Her grandparents on her mother’s side (Calo family), also first-generation Sicilian, settled in the city of New Orleans. Sera graduated from Maumus High School in 1948 (the first high school in St. Bernard Parish) and later attended Soule Business College in New Orleans. At the age of 18, she met her husband to-be on the Lake Erie Crystal Beach dance boat in upstate New York while she was visiting cousins. Friends and family will fondly recall Phil reciting the improbable story of how he met the love of his life on the dance boat that night in 1948 by an accident of fate. After courting long distance for two years, they married in 1950 in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in St. Bernard and settled in Chalmette for the next 51 years before moving to Abita Springs, Louisiana in 2001. Shortly after they were married in the early 1950’s, Phil and Sera took ownership of a small family grocery store in Meraux. During that time, Sera managed the store for about 2 years while Phil was serving in Korea. In 1960, they opened Scorsone’s Super Mart on St. Bernard Highway where they jointly managed the store for almost four decades. Sera was responsible for the inventory and accounting side of the business. The grocery store remained in business for the next 38 years until the store closed in 1988 when they both retired. Sera and Phil also loved square dancing, singing in the church choir and, in later years, spending time volunteering for charitable events, planning day trips and leading bingo games for retirement clubs and communities.

Funeral services are pending and have been entrusted to Grace Funeral Home. Service information will be announced once available.

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