Sam J Serra

January 9th, 1927 to May 1st, 2014

Sam. J. Serra, 87, of Fort Gratiot, died Thursday, May 1, 2014.

He was born January 9, 1927 in Detroit to the late Nicolo and Concetta Serra. He married Patrina “Pat” Russo on January 17, 1953 in Detroit.

Mr. Serra was a tool & die maker with General Motors for 42 years. He enjoyed being outdoors, cutting wood, gardening and working on his house. He liked to follow the stock market. He was a member of St. Edward on the Lake Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Pat; three children, Concetta (Jerome) Lupo, Grace (Karl) Kleinhardt and Nick (Anita) Serra; eight grandchildren, Grace (Rich) Benoit, Trina Lupo, Tricia (Jon) Hartline, Robert (Abbey) Kleinhardt, Sam Kleinhardt, Samantha Serra, Theresa Serra and Nicolo Serra; five great grandchildren and one on the way; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three infant children; and a sister, Josephine.

Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday and 5-8 p.m. Monday in the Marysville Funeral Home. A Rosary will be recited at 7 pm Monday.

Mr. Serra will lie in state from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in St. Edward on the Lake Catholic Church. The Reverend Thomas Esper will officiate.

The Rite of Committal will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit. Pallbearers will be Sam & Robert Kleinhardt, Nicolo Serra, Rich Benoit and Jon Hartline.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Edward on the Lake or Blue Water Hospice.

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