Andrea Zera, 65 of Petaluma, Calif., passed away Jan. 23, 2013, in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Pittston, she was the daughter of the late John and Mildred Pesta Zera. She was a graduate of Exeter High School, Class of 1965. She obtained her nursing degree from Wilkes College. Despite the effects of having had polio, Andrea pursued a career of more than 40 years in the nursing field. She began her work in the operating room at the Mercy Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. After moving to California in 1974, she worked as admissions coordinator for many years, most recently at Windsor Care Center of Petaluma, where she showed much compassion for her patients and thier families.
Andrea loved her life in California and her wonderful circle of friends. Every year she looked forward to spending Christmas with her family in Pennsylvania. She was a loving sister, aunt and friend. We will miss Andrea dearly and cherish the memories of her always.
Surviving are her sister, Emily Tirpak and husband, Michael, Swoyersville; nephew, Mark Tirpak and wife, Jeannine; nieces, Nicole Tirpak; Danielle Tirpak and companion, John Bolin; great-nephews, Nathaniel and Aaron Tirpak; numerous cousins.
A celebration of Andrea's life will be announced at a future date.
Arrangements are by the Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.