Sally Ann Croce, 74

Sally Ann Croce was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Sally passed away peacefully during the early hours of April 2, 2022 at the age of 74, after a courageous battle with cancer. Her husband of over 51 years, Ronald Croce, was by her side.

She was born to James and Mary Genzano on October 2, 1947. She was raised in South Philadelphia by her parents and the hard-working, brilliant women in her life - her grandmother, Josephine Savarese and her great aunt, Rose Tremoglie.

After graduating from Maria Goretti High School, she started her career as an Executive Assistant at one of Philadelphia’s oldest law firms, Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen. She was proud to be a working mother and continued her career at Kravco and Centerbridge Group.

Sally met the love of her life - another South Philadelphia kid – Ron Croce, at Dick Lee’s Club in South Jersey, and married in 1970. Their life together emulated the saying, “A happy marriage isn’t based on the number of days, months, or years you’ve been together. It’s about how much you love each other every day.”

Their honeymoon was the start of Sally’s love of travel – even though she did try to talk Ron into taking a train to Miami. Sally and Ron vacationed in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France, England, Hawaii, and countless times at Walt Disney World and the Jersey shore. She and Ron braved activities during their travels – parasailing in tandem, a helicopter tour and submarine ride in Hawaii, and swimming with dolphins.

Sally loved being a grandmother (Gigi). She relished her time baking Christmas cookies and cheering her granddaughter on at sporting events. Sally enjoyed being with her family, especially during the holidays. She also enjoyed spending time with girlfriends, watching movies, reading romance novels, going to the casinos, and building Lego sets.

Most important to Sally was the love of family. She is survived by her husband Ron, children Cheryl (Tito) Cantafio and Andrea Croce Bevis (partner James Callen), beautiful granddaughter, Lily Isabel Bevis, brother James (Janet) Genzano, and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, April 8, 2022, at 12:30pm at St. Eleanor Catholic Church (647 Locust Street, Collegeville, PA19426) with Fr. Giardini officiating. Burial will follow at St. Augustine’s Cemetery. A viewing will also be held on Friday, April 8, 2022, from 10:30AM-12:15PM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Sally’s name.

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Cheryl and Andrea, so sorry for your loss. Your mother lives on in you and her spirit will always guide you.

~ Susan Regan Langhorne, Pa
4/9/2022 6:45:33 PM

We were so fortunate to have known Ron and Sally since we got married in 1978 ,they were our neighbors.Sally was such a beautiful person in so many ways.Her smile could light up a room.We want to pass our sincere condolences to Ron and the family. R.I.P. Sally, God now has another Angel with him.

~ Dr.&Mrs.William DiMino Norristown, PA
4/7/2022 9:27:04 PM

Ron, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. Sally will be greatly missed. She was so loving and kind person - Poonam and Manoj Nerkar

~ Poonam Nerkar
4/7/2022 7:50:45 PM

Cheryl, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Hold on to the memories of your mother.

~ Charmagne Elaine King-Pratt PHILADELPHIA, PA
4/7/2022 12:46:37 PM

Cheryl, I am sending you and your family my sincere and heartfelt prayers. This tribute to your Mom is beautiful. I didn't know your Mom but can see so much of her in you.

~ Rene Tappata
4/6/2022 10:59:40 AM

Cheryl, what a beautiful tribute to your mom. Sending you all our love.

~ Denise and Frank Mann
4/6/2022 10:01:44 AM

Cheryl & Tito so very sorry if your loss! Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

~ Chuck & Ruth LoMagro
4/6/2022 8:28:06 AM

We are so sorry to hear about Sally, please let us know if you should need anything from your neighbors at 1707. Thoughts and prayers with you at this difficult time.

~ Dee and Paul Carpenter Royersford, PA
4/5/2022 7:31:44 PM

Aunt Sally you being gone really hits home and so much so that it is hard to think about. Family celebrations will be tough moving forward. I will miss your sense of humor and facial expressions with “are you kidding me” and “what”. For all the things I left unsaid. I will miss you.

~ Lisa Myers Exton, Pa
4/5/2022 10:25:45 AM

Aunt Sally treated all her nieces and nephews like they were her grandchildren. She was generous, always in high spirits and was the ultimate hostess. My brother, cousins and me looked forward to the Christmas parties at her and Uncle Ron’s house every year bc how much joy she brought to the holidays. She really was devoted to her family, always coming to all of our events growing up. Aunt Sally was a light and will be greatly missed. -Riss

~ Marissa Picardi
4/5/2022 8:39:05 AM

Dear Andrea and family, My condoleances with your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

~ Jan Vermond
4/5/2022 6:13:07 AM

Our promise will never be broken.

~ Don & Diana Duffy
4/4/2022 11:43:25 PM

Sally asked that we never forget Ron, Cheryl, Andrea & Lily and always hold them close to our hearts. That promise will be broken. May you rest in God’s arms and be surrendered by the Angels. We love you Sally!

~ Don & Diana Duffy
4/4/2022 11:41:21 PM

My sincere condolences to The Croce Family. Sally was a wonderful friend for many years. I and my family will miss her very much.

~ Mike & Chris Lamelza
4/4/2022 10:37:56 PM

Sally will always be a part of my heart! Her smile showed the beauty of her inside and out. We know you will always be looking at us and smiling. Walk with the Angels! ????

~ Diana Croce Duffy
4/4/2022 8:16:03 PM

Bill & I send our deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family, Cheryl.

~ Bill & Robin Redmond
4/4/2022 7:42:10 PM

Dear Andrea and family, so very sorry if your loss! Your mother had an amazing life, surrounded by many who loved her and she loved them also! Please take comfort in all the memories you have with her, these can never be taken away! Take strength from each other during this difficult time!

~ Kathleen Long
4/4/2022 6:58:44 PM

What a beautiful lady inside and out and oh that smile..... Although we have only known Sally for 5 years as her neighbor and friend, we feel so blessed that we had that opportunity. We are sorry for your loss and wish you all comfort and peace during this difficult time. She will be greatly missed!

~ Nancy and Mike Dirks ROYERSFORD, PA
4/4/2022 6:24:09 PM

Mike and I are so very sorry. Our prayers for comfort are with your family in this difficult time.

~ Deborah Moses Lansdale, PA
4/4/2022 6:18:48 PM

Instead of the loss think of the joy your mom brought to your life while she was “on loan” from God.

~ Carol Cobaugh Havertown, PA
4/4/2022 3:56:32 PM