Elene S. Tong

30 August, 193715 February, 2021

Elene S. Tong, 83, of Largo, Florida passed away February 15, 2021. She was born August 30, 1937 in Derby, Connecticut. She has resided in Largo since 1967. Elene enjoyed her childhood home in Seymour, Connecticut as a seasonal home during her later years. Her sunny smile, infectious laugh, and caring nature always made her friends feel like the world was a better place.

The Tongs established and operated Tong Realty, Inc., a successful real estate company in Largo, for over 35 years. Elene, a celebrated author, has written three books: Real Tales of Real Sales, Recollections, and The Shoemaker.

Elene is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Robert T. Tong; her two sons, Dale (Eileen) of Largo, Mark (Lee) of Indian Rocks Beach and sister, Lenore Smith-Aman of Little Falls, New Jersey.

A visitation will be held on Friday, February 19th at Serenity Funeral Home from 11:30 to 12:30. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Jerome's Catholic Church on Friday, February 19th at 1:30 p.m. with burial to follow at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Suncoast Hospice.


  • Survived by: her loving husband of 63 years, Robert T. Tong
    Two sons; Dale (Eileen)and Mark (Lee)
    Sister; Lenore Smith-Aman


  • Visitation

    Friday, 19 February , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, 19 February , 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, 19 February , 2021


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Sandra Jemioto

26 February 2021

So sorry to hear about Elene. She was a year ahead of me in school but was a good friend kind of in the neighborhood and eventually we had a “club” of friends. A few years ago when she and Bob came to Seymour for the Pumpkin Fest she invited us to her homestead and it was great to see members of our former club. She would call me once in awhile and I have the books she has written. Just a genuinely good gal. Condolences to the whole family. Sandra Flood Jemioto

Julia Smith-Aman

25 February 2021

Whenever I think of Aunt Elene, I think of her eagerness to laugh, her positive energy. Even over the past few months, when things were hard, she just wanted to hear funny stories about my rambunctious kids and our adventures. She never complained, and was so incredibly brave. She focused her energy outward, and really had a zest for life and love of people that was infectious. I miss you, Aunt Elene, and love you so much. You will be missed, and remembered always.

Lenore Smith-Aman

20 February 2021

Elene was an amazing person. There are so many things to say about her. One way I've described her is as the keeper of memories. She enjoyed all the family stories - the old ones going back to our grandparents and the new ones about the youngest members. She delighted in sharing those stories with others.
One trait among her many qualities that stands out: her ability to love. Like many of us she would rather give cheerful attention to others than to receive it. However in the last months of her life she graciously received the tender care of those around her, especially her beloved family.
Bob, your enduring love is an inspiration. Mark and Dale, you have been devoted sons. Your mother had enormous joy in her life because of you. Eileen and Lonnie, thank you for your many kindnesses to Elene. And Lee, you'll never know how much I appreciate your unfailingly tender devotion to my sister.
With love, Lenore

Anne Curtis

19 February 2021

Dear Bob and Family. My sincere sympathy for the loss of your lovely wife. It was an honor for me to have her for a friend. The year we worked together when she wrote the beautiful story of my parents I will treasure forever. In the book The Shoemaker she brought out the beautiful story of my parents . I read it over snd over and it still brings me to tears. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.🙏

Kathleen Conroy

19 February 2021

Elene always made me feel welcome, as her mother, Marie, and father, Bernie, had always done. The picture of her on the porch of the house on Meadow St., touches so many memories of sitting on that same porch laughing, sharing stories and being so content. I am grateful to have shared those times with her and Bob and that my friendship with Lenore made them possible.

Cindy Karis

19 February 2021

I am forever grateful to Elene for the warm and generous hospitality she showed us whenever we visited Florida. We always had fun laughing and giggling together over mutual work stories. I will treasure my last visit sitting around their pool and visiting with the family! Her faith, her family and her friends are her legacy!
Love you Elene, Cindy & Harold

Beverly Bohlen

19 February 2021

Elene was more to me than a caring friend. She was my encourager, my teacher; she made me feel worthy of the work we shared. She exuded happiness and good will. My memory of her will always make me smile❤️.

Ronald Guidry

19 February 2021

In my widower-widow marriage with her dear sister Lenore, I gained Elene as a loving encouraging sister. Her thoughtfulness toward me has been a regular joy. To many she gave witness to peace in her smile and kindness. Bob, you lost a great spouse and partner. May her spirit, now with God Whom she loved and Who loved her, continue close to you.

Kristie Baxter

19 February 2021

We are so sorry for the loss of Elene Tong. Our thoughts & prayers go out to her whole family, especially Bob, Mark & Dale. She was a beloved neighbor & friend of ours.

Lori Tong

18 February 2021

Bob, Mark, Lee, Dale and Eileen,
I’m so sorry and thinking of you all!
With love,
Lori Tong

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