Elsie Ellen Strong, 88, of Buffalo, New York passed away in Tampa, Florida on February 20, 2022. Born to Joseph and Ellen Brun (nee Knapp) and lifelong member of the Roman Catholic Church.
Elsie was the beloved wife of the late Robert Victor Strong for 30 years. Mother of Sharon Strong, Susan (Jeffrey) Dunn and the late Joseph Strong. Dear grandmother of Benjamin Strong, Liam Dunn, Rosalie Dunn and Erin Dunn. Great grandmother of Christopher Wells and Ava Strong. She is also survived by her cousins Eddie (Anne) Knapp and Dan (Sue) Bickel and extended family.
Elsie had a spirited and fiery personality. She was driven in all things she pursued, and she succeeded at the same rate. She loved her career as a registered nurse as much as she loved getting out of the city with her family. Many summers were spent camping with the family, winters spent sledding and Sunday afternoons playing board games together. Elsie had a knack for gardening and always had numerous houseplants and flowers surrounding her home and bringing her happiness.
In her later life, she happily retired to Florida where she made many friends during her residence at Rocky Creek Village. While there, she was a bingo caller, acted in holiday performances, traveled and shared many fun times with friends at community events. One of her favorite things to do was to go out for dinner and enjoyed seafood, especially lobster. A lifelong reader, she loved discussing current authors and going to Barnes and Nobles Bookstore. Elsie shared her loved of reading by volunteering to read to elementary school children. As a witness to her faith, Elsie served her parish as a Eucharistic Minister and valued her friendships with the congregation.
Elsie was an animal lover and unbeknownst to her, became the utmost cat caretaker while at Rocky Creek Village. She and her friends gave their time and resources to helping the cats and provided much needed care and compassion to their feline friends. Her numerous “pets” sensed her love and would proudly follow her around only adding to her joy and tomfoolery.
Elsie leaves behind many fond memories to all who knew her and will be missed by her family and her dear friends at Rocky Creek Village. We take comfort in knowing that she is now at peace surrounded by light.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to Segal Funeral Home to continue preferred care in Elsie's memory.