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Beach Memorial Chapel

301 Corey Ave, ST Pete Beach, FL

OBITUARY

Celia Perdomo Lescano

October 7, 1937January 31, 2020

Celia Perdomo Lescano, 82, died peacefully on January 31st , 2020 at Suncoast Hospice Care Center, Saint Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Lescano was born in Havana, Cuba to the late Jose Enrique and Celia Perdomo (Gutierrez).

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Javier Antonio Lescano. Mrs. Lescano is survived by a sister: Marta Perdomo Alday (Gonzalo); her 6 children and their spouses: Javier (Sue), Maria (Jean Willey), Pepe (Stacy), Carlos (Diana), Celia (Josh Bickford), and Bibi (Larry Williams); 10 grandchildren, to whom she was known as Abuelita: John Lescano (Megan), Alex Lescano, Rachel Lescano, Nicole Lescano, Max Lescano, Katie Lescano, Justin Lescano, Matthew Lescano, Maya Bickford, and Jackson Bickford; a great-grandson: Jack Lescano; and 4 nieces and nephews and 13 great nieces and nephews, to whom she was known as Tia.

Mrs. Lescano spent her early years in Cuba, where she attended the American-run Ruston Academy, and traveled the world with her parents and sister. She met the love of her life when she was 14 and they married on December 8th, 1957 at the Capilla de Belen, where her husband attended school. She graduated from the University of Havana and worked at the Biblioteca Nacional in Havana until the regime change, when she courageously left her entire family behind to secure a life of freedom for her 2-year-old son in the United States.

After arriving in the US in 1961, she worked for many years typing students’ dissertations and doing professional translations, while her husband attended the University of Florida. She subsequently worked for almost 30 years as a Product Distribution Manager/Latin America and the Caribbean for Massey-Ferguson/AGCO in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Duluth, GA, before retiring with her husband to Gainesville, Florida, where she lived until a few years after his death. In Fort Lauderdale, she was an active member of Saint Jerome Parish, where her children attended school. On the weekends, she could be found barbecuing and lounging at the beach with her family. Even with 6 children at home and a full-time job, she had dinner on the table every night; she was the consummate Super-Mom. During her retirement in Gainesville, she enjoyed attending Gator sporting events, socializing with her long-time Cuban friends, and tending to her rose garden.

For the past 10 years she lived in Saint Petersburg, where she enjoyed attending Coffee Concerts at the Mahaffey Theater, enjoying sunsets in Pass-A-Grille, scrapbooking with her friends at Addington Place at College Harbor, watching Hallmark movies, attending Sunday Mass at Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, watching her grandchildren in their school and athletic activities and, above all, spending time with her large family—she hated to miss a party.

One of the greatest gifts she gave her family prior to her passing was a very detailed directive for her funeral arrangements, stopping short of writing this obituary herself. In accord with her wishes, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Sunday, February 9th, 2020 at 2pm at Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, 445 82nd Avenue, Saint Pete Beach, FL., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to the Lescano Family Scholarship at Saint John Vianney Catholic School which, according to her wishes, will provide need-based tuition assistance to local families. Please send contributions to Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, 445 82nd Avenue, Saint Pete Beach, FL., 33706. An Interment Ceremony will be held in Gainesville, FL at a later date.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jack Lescano, Pallbearer
  • Jackson Bickford, Pallbearer
  • John Lescano, Pallbearer
  • Justin Lescano, Pallbearer
  • Matthew Lescano, Pallbearer
  • Max Lescano, Pallbearer
  • Mathhew Neri, Altar Server
  • Ryan Radosevich, Altar Server
  • Thomas Ranalli, Altar Server
  • Crystal Dunn, Piano Accompaniment

Services

  • Funeral Mass Sunday, February 9, 2020

Memories

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Michael Rogero

February 9, 2020

Javier,

My condolences on you and your family’s loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Michael Rogero
UF Football Manager 1981-82

Beth Seastrand

February 7, 2020

I knew Mrs. Celia Lescano for a short time. It was an honor to care for this endearing woman. In this short time I experienced loyalty of family, faith of God, strength of compassion and kindness in a quiet humbleness that was a true blessing. I thank you Celia for this gift, that has made me a stronger woman each day since. I thank you for showing me that greatness towards humanity is always possible. Celia and her family have a special place in my heart. To the Lescano family, with my prayers and love your friend Beth Ann Seastrand.

Rafael Couret

February 3, 2020

I met Celia and her entire family in Gainesville while a student (I was an early customer of her typing days), later we moved to Gainesville from Tampa and we shared many activities including birthday parties for Ivonne my daughter and her son the famous gator quarterback.
We will miss her smile and christian attitude. Our deepest condolences to the entire family, we are in Texas but our son will be able to share your love with the family on February 9th. RIP

Jennifer Scharf-Enlow

February 3, 2020

I have so many memories of your sweet mom. Thinking of her and your family always brings a smile to my face. My parents absolutely loved working in the booth next to your parents at the St. Jerome Church carnivals. (I think your mom & dad always manned the goldfish booth and my folks were next door at the roll-a-ball). May you always keep close to your heart the memory of your wonderful mom and her beautiful smile . Sending my love and prayers to you all!

Kimberly Sousa

February 3, 2020

My deepest condolences to you Celia, and to all of your family. I met your mom once at the office. She is a spirited soul. She lived a full, good life and raised beautiful children. May she rest in peace 💜

Wendy Moran Fka Harreld

February 3, 2020

What can I say about Mama Lescano she was the sweetest human to walk this Earth and my life has been forever changed because of her and her family. She would treat me like one of the family and had a heart as pure as gold. BUT don't mess with her kids or the RAGING CUBANA would come out!!!!!!!!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY