OBITUARY

Kathleen Serwin

August 13, 1949February 17, 2021

Kathleen P. (Traina) Serwin, 71, of East Stroudsburg, passed away Wednesday morning, February 17 at home following complications from a recent stroke. She was married to Andrew J. Serwin, the dynamic duo having celebrated their golden 50th anniversary in 2020. Born on August 13, 1949 (Strong Leo energy!) in Elizabeth, New Jersey, she was the daughter of Roy and Marita Traina, and step-daughter of James Lawlor. Kathy was a legendary figure in her large, blended family: She jumped off motorcycles to avoid parental detection; got arrested on the way TO Woodstock; sheltered Iranian refugees during the fall of the Shah; saved her children from alligators in Lake Okeechobee (FL); conquered the wild frontier of the Pocono Mountains; and once had a stroke on vacation yet never altered her plans. That’s hardcore! Kathy was a devoted spouse, caring mother, loving sister, and dependable friend to everyone who had the honor and pleasure of knowing her. Through the years, she “adopted” scores of stray friends and significant others that her kids brought home, donated her time and support to her kids’ varied interests, from art shows to football games to field trips, and worked full time jobs while caring for her husband and children, filling their home with love. Kathy worked as an insurance adjustor and later as a medical admin until she suffered her first stroke in 1999, which forced her into early retirement. Kathy loved celebrating Christmas, collecting ceramic unicorns, relaxing around her pool, Motown girl groups, Pepsi soda, trashy celebrity gossip magazines, pinching her grandchildren, and later in life, fruity frozen rum drinks and having snacks at the bar with hubby. In addition to her husband, Kathy is survived by her son Andrew Serwin, daughter-in-law Beth and granddaughter Violet of Mahwah, NJ; her daughter Nicole, son-in-law Robert Craven and grandchildren Ryan and Phoebe of Roaring Brook Twp., PA; her siblings, brother Roy Traina and wife Denise; sister Eileen Montemuro and husband Michael; sister Marita Perrin and husband Ray; brother Tommy Traina and wife Karen; brother Patrick Traina and wife Suzanne; sister Norine Marando and husband Tony; and her step-siblings, brother James Lawlor and wife Alice; brother Robert Lawlor and wife Linda; sister Eileen Lawlor; brother Michael Lawlor and wife, Amy; and brother-in-law Nivardo Martinez; along with dozens of nieces and nephews, all of whom were her favorites. She was preceded in death by her parents, step-father, and step-sister, Donna Martinez. A special thank you to Merlyn Stevenson from Visiting Angels for all her help and support in caring for our family. A private memorial celebration will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be made to one of the following causes Kathy supported: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or the American Diabetes Association.

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Norine Marando

February 23, 2021

If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart , I’ll stay there forever......Winnie the Pooh ♥️

Dennis Traina

February 23, 2021

Despite life-long scars, time spent with my Aunt Kathy, Uncle Andy, and Cousins Andrew and Nicole are some of the best memories of my childhood. I remember my Aunt Kathy as a funny & smart woman who brought joy into people's lives, mine included. I wish her peace and serenity wherever she may be. I offer my condolences to all those that love her. She will be missed. My wife Jennifer & I, and our children Ethan, Madison, and Evan all send our love to all those mourning Kathy's passing.

Eileen Montemurro

February 23, 2021

I'll never forget the first time we drove to the woods to see your new home in Marshall's Creek, Pa. We had a great visit and when we left at night I looked out the back window and I was shocked when I saw how dark it was. PITCH BLACK! I thought, "How can I leave my sister here?" Gravel roads, no street lights and bears, oh my! Well, everything turned out fine and you were happy in your new surroundings. Once again I know you'll be happy in your new surroundings. Probably happier than any of us can imagine. Rest In Paradise, Kathy. Love, Ikie

Kristen Traina

February 22, 2021

My fiery, funny, unicorn loving Aunt Kathy, you will be missed. Some of my fondest and strangest childhood memories took place with you, Uncle Andy, Nikki and Andy. Dennis going to the ER twice in one day at your Elizabeth house. Waiting for your house in PA to be delivered. Exploring the woods, swimming and playing volleyball in the Pocono summers and skiing in the winter. See you in the next life xoxo.

Patricia Wakeley

February 21, 2021

My dear friend of 50 years so many memories we shared together our days in Elizabeth were so special. Heaven has another angel you will be missed however we hold onto the fun times we shared together and so many laughs love you girlfriend RIP💔

Harry and ann Cook

February 21, 2021

We were deeply saddened to hear the news of your mother’s passing. Please know that we will remember your mom as the vivacious and loving woman that you memorialized in your tribute. Please accept our deepest sympathy .

Deborah Silva

February 20, 2021

It has been my honor and pleasure to have had Kathy as my sister-in -law and my friend.
I’ll always remember all the great times we’ve shared, and your wonderful laugh. My condolences for your loss, my brother, Andy, my niece and nephew, Nikki and Andy, and their families Bob, Ryan,Phoebe and Beth and Violet.
My deepest sympathies to the Traina family.
Love,
Debbie

Eileen Lawlor

February 20, 2021

I remember the fun weekends spent at the Union house, especially the first few years when we were all getting to know each other. I always looked forward to your visits and our drives to drop off Andy at work.
The many tubing weekends that you hosted, which seemed to get bigger each year. You took the house full of people all in stride, always with a smile.
And of course our annual "sisters" trek to Marshalls Creek to hit the flea market.
I love you and miss you. Rest in Peace.
Eileen

Elaine Lake

February 20, 2021

Rest In Peace sweet sister in law.
To the Serwin and Traina family,
So sorry for your loss.
Gary and Elaine Lake

Roy Traina

February 19, 2021

Kathy and I were what's called "Irish Twins". She was born in Aug of 1949 and I was born in July of 1950. Although I used to tell her that she was much older than me because she was born in a completely different decade. My most vivid memories of growing up with her was getting diseases together. In the 1950's they had a different formula for developing "herd immunity". When one kid in the neighborhood got measles or mumps or chickenpox. It would turn into a big play date so we could all get it together. So we had them all at the same time. Kathy and I even had our tonsils taken out on the same day (must have been a quantity discount". We were looking forward to that because we were told that after we would get all the ice cream we could eat. All I remember is they put a food strainer with a piece of cloth on it on my face, poured some chloroform over it and it was done. When I woke I was back in the hospital room (Kathy always made me go first) (especially at the dentist). I woke up looking for the ice cream, none in sight, got a cup of ice chips. Kathy was brought in a few minutes later, she woke up and asked where the ice cream was, I said "ice chips". We were pretty sure the "ice cream" option wasn't on our medical plan.
I will miss her very much.

FROM THE FAMILY