Kraeer Funeral Home & Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens

200 West Copans Road, Pompano Beach, FL


Manuel E. Serrano

July 5, 1932August 20, 2019

Manuel Emilio Serrano-Plaza was born on July 5th, 1932 in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico to parents Augustin and Ana Celia Serrano.

He went peacefully home on August 20th, 2019.

Our beloved father was a carpenter by trade. He enjoyed cooking for his family, gardening, fishing, playing guitar, listening to music, and playing dominoes with his neighbor. He was a hard worker, a great family provider, and a loving husband to his wife of 70 years.

Manuel is survived by his six children, Neftaly Lopez and his wife Candida; Nidia Montalvo and her husband, Miguel; Judy Rodriguez and her husband, Octavio; Ada Evans; Manuel Serrano and his wife, Elizabeth; Yolanda Alfonso and her husband Jorge: 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild: His extended family included 5 sisters and 3 brothers as well as many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Ada Celia Rodriguez-Serrano and his son-in-law, John L. Evans.

-For My Daddy-

Have you seen my Daddy? I don’t know where he’s gone. Sometimes it hurts so much, I can’t seem to carry on.

I hear he doesn’t look quite the same, He doesn’t need much rest. The IV and medications are all gone; In fact, he looks his best.

Is he playing tag with his parents In that place way up high? Or is he napping in God’s garden, Where the beautiful hammocks lie?

Some say he is always watching. I hope this to be true, And that one day he’ll return to me And say, “I’ve come for you.”

Have you seen my Daddy? I imagine he’s doing okay, Though it hurts to know I can’t call him every day.

I really miss my Daddy. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. It will never be the same. Years from now, I know I’ll cry.

I bet God is with my Daddy, Wrapped up in His arms, Sheltered from all illness and sorrow, Keeping him from harm.

I bet he sees us mourning, But would want us to smile And tell us our time part Is only a little while.

I’ll never quite understand Why your time here was so small, But you said you’ll always be there To catch me when I fall.

I miss you so much, Daddy, But I hope and pray That when it’s my time, you’ll come for me I’ll see you again someday.

I guess it was meant to be That your work here on Earth was done. Now your life in paradise Has only just begun.

Tears that I weep and prayers Will hopefully travel very far, To reach my loving daddy Sitting among the stars.

In loving memory of our hero, Manuel Emilio Serrano-Plaza. July 5th, 1932 - August 20th, 2019

We would like to thank our family and friends for their heartfelt support, messages, and prayers during this time.


  • Visitation Saturday, August 24, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 24, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, August 24, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, August 24, 2019


Manuel E. Serrano

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Sheina Febles

August 24, 2019

Mi amado y querido tío, siempre recordaré esa hermosa sonrisa y tus ocurrencias cada vez que venias a visitarnos a Puerto Rico, al igual que extrañaré tu llamada a casa de mamá Buena a preguntar como esta tu polla. Te amé y te amaré toda la vida mi tío querido. Mi más sentido pésame a todas mis primas y primos, siempre tendrán a su prima aquí para ustedes y su padre fue un héroe y un ser muy único y especial. Descansa en paz mi amado tío
La bendición desde la tierra al cielo de tu polla Sheina Yaritza Febles Rivera 😘

Aileen Plaza

August 24, 2019

Sending condolences to my cousins on the passing of their dad. May he Rest In Peace and may our blessed Jesus comfort you all. Sorry we could not be there but know you are all in our hearts. Always remembering the times we shared. Papa and your dad already have a game of dominos going on. Love always your cousin Aileen and Family.

Yolanda Serrano-Alfonso

August 23, 2019

My dad was an extraordinary soul. I love & miss him terribly. May GOD rest his soul in eternity. It was such an honor to care for him throughout the years, he loved being pampered. Life will never be the same without you. Thank you Dad, for your unconditional love, the inseparable daughter/daddy relationship, the beautiful memories, showing and giving me the best of you. I love you!!! Rest in peace my hero! 💋

Manuel Serrano

August 22, 2019

Dear Dad,
I didn't get to spend much time the last few years. Thank you for raising us with food, shelter and clothes on our backs working those long hours everyday. One thing I can thank you for is showiing me the example to always support your family and the meaning of hard work. I will always keep you in my heart and my memories of the times we did share together.

God bless you and rest in peace from your son,
Manuel Serrano Jr.
New Braunfels, Texas