theresa serra
Theresa Serra, 83, of Weirton died Wednesday October 12, 2016, at her home. Born on June 28, 1933, in Weirton, WV, Theresa was the daughter of the late Dominic and Rose Pirraglia Carpini. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Louis F. Serra, whom she married in 1986; her son Joseph Anthony Panella, a step son, Joseph Serra, and her three brothers, Cosmo, Joseph and Anthony "Tony" Carpini. Theresa was a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Theresa was a 20 year employee of Cerritos College in California where she created their food service program, and taught various restaurant management courses. She was a member of Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weirton. Theresa loved to travel with her late husband Lou and her family, loved fine dining and spending time with those she loved. Theresa is survived by her son, Albert Panella, Daughter in law Michelle Panella of Westminster, CA, her daughter, Rosanna Blain (David) of Mission Viejo. CA; daughter in law Wendy Prokop; two step daughters, Lucinda Alongi (Joseph) and Rhonda Quattrochi (Geno) all of Weirton, WV; a brother, John Carpini of Sedona, AZ; grandchildren Michael Panella, Terese Bennett, Anthony Bennett, Joseph Panella, Nathan Panella, Jason Quattrochi, Gina Quattrochi, Joseph Quattrochi, Letttie Quattrochi, Zachery Serra, Casey Richards, Serra Alongi, and great grandchildren Sophia Quattrochi, Geno Quattrochi, and Isabella Rose Panella. Visitation will be Sunday 1-3 and 6-8 PM at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00AM Monday at Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weirton. Rev. Fr. Larry Dorsch will preside. Entombment will follow in the Serra Family Mausoleum at Saint Paul Cemetery, Weirton. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Church, 140 Walnut Street, Weirton, WV 26062 or the Serra Foundation, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue, Weirton, WV 26062. Share tributes and memories at

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Theresa’s passing. She was a wonderful woman and she will be missed. The families have my deepest condolences.

  2. Im very sorry to hear of Thersa’s passing she was always very nice to me. Rest peacefully in heaven Theresa.

  3. Being. a. resident. of. Grandview. Terrace. it has been my honor. to share. many. suppers. with. Teresa.. We. would. reminisce. about. the. “good. old. days” and. the joys. of being. a. part of an. Italian/American. family.Teresa. often. remarked. about. how her. life. was. affected. by. having. four. older. brothers..We. loved. and. respected. Teresa. and. will. forever miss her. presence.

  4. I have known Theresa since she was nine years old and used to come to my parents’ home to watch me put on makeup and get dressed. She never changed. She was a beautiful little girl who became a beautiful, generous and kind woman. I loved Theresa Serra. There was never a time when I saw her when she did not bring happiness and laughter. On beheld of my husband, Tony, my daughter, Bernadette, and son, Tommy, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences. There is no doubt that Theresa is in heaven so we will meet again.

  5. Our condolences to the family. Theresa and her family welcomed me into their home in Westminister, CA 40 years ago when I first moved to CA. I appreciated her heartfelt kindness and remember sharing several Christmas holidays with the entire Carpini family. When I married Don, Theresa treated him as family too. She will be missed by family and friends.

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