portrait picture for Dr. Frank Serena

Wake: Friends may call on Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00 AM in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk. Burial: Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk.

Dr. Frank Serena


May 18, 1912 - June 18, 2012

Dr. Frank Serena, 100, long-time Norwalk resident, passed away Monday June 18, 2012 at the Norwalk Hospital.  Born May 18, 1912 in Yonkers, NY, he was son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert R. Serena.

Dr. Serena was an Orthopedic Surgeon and Head of Orthopedics at Norwalk Hospital. He also served in the US Army Medical Corps during WWII as Head of Orthopedics in France and Germany.  He was also a passionate and celebrated outdoors-man, painter and pianist.

Dr. Serena is survived by his wife Ruth Calkins Serena of Redding, CT; by his son Frank Alexander Serena Jr. of New Haven and Florida; and by his step-daughter Melissa Calkins Frank and her husband Lawrence William Frank of Wilton.  He was predeceased by his first wife Florida Ann Russo Serena and by his brother, Dr. John M. Serena.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00 AM in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk.

  1. What a wonderful man and person.
    My family and I was so fortunate to know him.
    A kind and gentle man….was extremely kind to my daughter Emily,
    an altar server at St. Thomas church. He will always be remembered.

    June 19, 2012
    Mary Kopas -
  • Nearly 50 years ago when I was a teenager, Dr. Serena fixed my injured right foot. He was a good friend of my father and a strong role model for me. Rest in peace, good man.

    June 20, 2012
    Roger Festa -
  • Hey, Frank…
    I saw you dad’s obit via the HOUR’s website.
    Hazel & I want to extend our sincerest condolences.
    In the event you two haven’t been in touch, I just left
    word with Mark (Calabrese); I trust you’ll hear from him,
    too.

    Keep in touch when things settle down. OK?

    June 20, 2012
    Dave Sherman -
  • Dear Ruth and Family

    With Sympathy and Love. “Dottie”

    June 21, 2012
    Dorothy Palumbo -
  • On October 9, 1972, my father, Dr. Benedict F. Gambino, passed away at the age of 50. My father and Dr. Serena were both colleagues and friends. After almost forty years, they are together again. I remember Dr. Serena and send my condolences.

    June 22, 2012
    Eleanora N. Gambino -
  • Accept our deepest sympathy. B

    June 23, 2012
    The Johnson's -
  • My grandfather was a very interesting person. I haven’t seen my grandfather since I was 15, mostly because he and my father chose that path. Although, I knew him as a stern, strong individual who had a passion for many things and it is an honor to be apart of the Serena blood line. RIP “pops”

    April 4, 2013
    Francis Alexander Matthews -
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