Veronica and Joseph Serra

SERRA, Veronica Mary (Zaher) – of Grand Blanc, MI, age 94, passed away Saturday, October 21, 2023. SERRA, Joseph F., of Grand Blanc, MI, age 93, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2023. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 PM Friday, November 3, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Entombment, with Military Honors, immediately following the Mass in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 4-7 PM Thursday, November 2, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 12-1 PM Friday, November 3, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 PM Thursday, November 2, 2023, followed by a Memorial Service conducted under the auspices of the Davison Knights of Columbus Council #4090, followed by a Memorial Service conducted under the auspices of the Daughters of Isabella Regina Coeli #1095 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus Chorus, in Veronica and Joseph’s memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Veronica was born in Flint, MI, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Stimac) Zaher. She graduated from St. Mary School in Flint. On June 24, 1950, she and Joseph were married at St. Mary Catholic Church in Flint, MI. She devoted her life to God, Joseph and her family. Veronica was also a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella Regina Coeli #1095, working for 19 years, every Tuesday morning in the kitchen at the K of C Hall, Knights of Columbus Chorus Auxiliary, Altar Society, St. Patrick’s Guild and a 70-year member of the Croatian Fraternal Union of America. She especially loved holidays and time spent with family. Her joy was preparing meals, especially for the holidays and loving each and every one of her family while knowing her love was returned. God’s love flowed through Veronica with a gentle but powerful spirit that impacted everyone that knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary Zaher; her brother, Joseph “Bud” (Charlene) Zaher and many other loving family and friends.

Joseph was born of Immigrant parents from Calabria, Italy; the son of Frank F. and Giovanna (Rossetti) Serra, in Flint, MI. He was a graduate of St. Mary School in Flint. He also attended the old Flint JC and G.M.I. Joseph worked as a Senior Designer for AC Spark Plug for 37 years. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, from October 1950 to November 1951. Joseph served in combat with the 1st Calvary Division and received the Combat Infantry Badge and two battle stars. Music was very important in his life, playing in a dance band and as a youngster, also the old Flint Groves Marching band and school orchestra at St. Mary’s. The interest in music led to his becoming a member of the Singing Knights. Joseph was a member of Davison Knights of Columbus Council #4090. He was a Past Grand Knight and later a District Deputy, overseeing five other K of C Councils in the Flint area. Joseph had many hobbies, such as his love of history, having many books of World War II and many other wars and their origins. The collection and study of lighthouses was another hobby, as well as woodworking and the making of furniture. The top hobby of course was golf, which he played for over 50 years. The computer was to take over his life in later years. 

He was to do a lot of work, such as flyers and other promotions for the Singing Knights as well as newsletter editor for two K of C Councils and the Singing Knights. Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Veronica Serra; parents, Frank and Giovanna Serra; brother, Fred Serra; 2 sisters, Mary (Paul) Burns and Minnie (Fred) Bussineau; many other loving family members and friends. 

Veronica and Joseph are survived by their 6 children, Dennis (Deborah) Serra, Robert (Donna) Serra, Anne Marie (Wayne) Meekins, Carol (Tim) McBride, Michael (Tina) Serra and Frederick Serra; 16 grandchildren, Dominic (Ashley) Serra, Brian Serra, Mark Serra, Angela Benfield, Rachel Serra Glasstetter, Matthew (Molly) Meekins, Tony Serra, Sarah Meekins, Jesakkah (Alberto) Serrano, Kelsey-Ann (Alex) Zimmerman, Viktoriah (Justin) Slusher, Juliah (Anthony) Czarniak, Michael (Rebekah) Serra, Preston Serra, Joseph McBride and Anna McBride; 17 great-grandchildren, Gabrielle Benfield, Hannah Juliano, Evie Serra, Reagan Benfield, Sophia Benfield, Gabriel Serra, Samantha Glasstetter, Abel Serra, Daniel Serra, Sawyer Serra, Alberto Serrano, Eliana Zimmerman, Alonzo Serrano, Kate Zimmerman, Liam Serra, Alexander Serra and Rylee Zimmerman. Veronica and Joseph were also preceded in death by 4 grandchildren, Jeanette Serra, Jared Serra, Kathryn Serra and Rebekkah Rosado.