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Stephanie J. (Scott) Stracuzzi
December 31, 1956 ~ September 6, 2023 (age 66) 66 Years Old
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Stephanie J Stracuzzi, 66 passed away Wednesday September 6th after a courageous battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her parents Stephen and Frances Scott, brother Stephen and sister Polly. Survived by husband Jim, sons Nicholas and Joshua, daughter Christina and the light of her life grandson James. As well as several nieces and nephews. Stephanie’s smile lit up every room she entered. She was a real estate broker for over 35 years most recently with C21 Sbarra. However, foremost she was a great mom and grandmother affectionally called “Mama Cuzz” by dozens who grew up with her children. She was an avid volunteer. She is current President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus 11403. She served as president for over a decade of the Hillcrest Community Association where she coordinated various sports programs, Easter egg hunts, parades, and Booster Days. She was named woman of the year by the Hillcrest Community Association in 1990. Active in her St Catherine’s (now St Francis of Assisi) church community she helped to host an annual craft fair, served as a eucharistic minister, prepared the Lenten poverty dinner and assisted with the Hope Appeal for many years. Stephanie was also active in a program transporting the elderly to medical appointments and shopping trips. As a girl scout leader, she was “cookie Mom” while Christina was in scouts. She was very proud of both sons achieving the level of Eagle Scout and was always there to support the troop. Stephanie was an advocate for her community. In the 1990s she was the spokesperson for the Hillcrest Environmental Action Team or “HEAT” that was dedicated to bringing awareness to contamination that contributed to significant cancer cases in her beloved Hillcrest community. This led to her being interviewed by “Parents Magazine”. While driving the reporter around Hillcrest, she drove into the Military Depot to a building identified as a source of contamination. Immediately surrounded by security she did not deter in making her point. She met with, then Senator, Hillary Clinton while she was visiting Broome County to inform her of the community’s concerns. Ultimately, various actions were taken to remediate the situation. Stephanie loved the large Italian family she married into and mastered the family recipes, enjoyed the gatherings especially the annual “cookie bake”. She took up golfing several years ago and of course formed a lady’s league at Chenango Commons. She played Bunco with friends and loved to play trivia at local pubs. She loved to travel. Cape May NJ held a special place in her heart as the family traveled there several times when the children were growing up. She enjoyed numerous cruises and visiting as many states as possible. A strong and proud woman during the course of her illness she did not want people to know and continued to work and help others. She lived by the saying “keep calm and carry on” The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Broome Oncology and Lourdes hospital. Especially those on Ross 1 for their care and compassion during Stephanie’s illness. The family will receive friends at THOMAS J. SHEA FUNERAL HOME INC. 137 Robinson St Binghamton on Friday September 15th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The funeral service will be held at St. Francis Church 1031 Chenango St on Saturday September 16th at 9:00 am. Burial will be in Chenango Valley Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Loaves and Fishes 25 1/2 Mill St Binghamton 13903 or a charity of your choice