Leonora "Lee" Scrufari, a former Zonta Club president, and secretary and treasurer of her family's business, Scrufari Construction, died Tuesday at home in the Parkway Condominiums. She was 99.
She was born in Calabria, Italy, and came to America in 1914. She attended Whitney Avenue and Fifth Street schools and graduated in 1927 from Niagara Falls High School, where she received secretarial training.
After graduating, she worked for a time at the Power City Trust Co. bank branch on Falls Street but eventually went to work for her father at Scrufari Construction Co. in 1942.
Family members remembered how she loved working side by side with her late brother, Bruno, and said Miss Scrufari worked in the family business until age 82, officially retiring as secretary-treasurer in 1990.
"She was well-respected by all employees, both in the office and in the field. Her sense of style and fashion were legend. Heads would turn wherever she went," one family member said.
As a young woman, Miss Scrufari enjoyed horseback riding and vacationing with family and friends. She was an avid reader and excelled in needlepoint. She was also a world traveler who returned to her birthplace in Calabria in 1995 with several family members and visited the church in Italy were she was baptized.
Miss Scrufari was a member of the Zonta Club and president from 1984 to 1986. She also was a member of the National Secretaries Association International since 1958 and was honored in 1962 as NSA Secretary of the Year.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Theresa; a niece and two nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Lebanon Church 1120 Niagara St., after prayers at 9:15 in Spallino-Amigone Funeral Home, 1300 Pine Ave.