Marie T. Cambra

MERIDEN - Marie T. (Terry) Cambra, 86, loving wife of Charles Cambra, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Apple Rehab Cocomo after a brief illness.

Born April 17, 1927, in Norwich, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Alida (Daigneault) Trahan. She attended Norwich schools and retired from International Silver Company. She was a skilled doll maker and seamstress. For more than 60 years, she accompanied her husband on stage as his assistant in a world-class magic act known as Señor Carlos and Terry.

Besides her husband of 60 years, she is survived by two daughters, Shirley Wilbur and her husband, John, and Jeanne Cosenza and her husband, Christopher; a son, Arthur George; a stepdaughter, Lesley Lusteg and her husband, Walt; a stepson, Charles D. Cambra and his wife, Colleen; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; a great-great grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Marie was predeceased by her stepmother, Phoebe Normandin Trahan; a daughter, Alida DeSimone; and son-in-law, Ralph Desimone; a stepdaughter, Alice Cambra; a brother, Edmond Trahan; her sisters, Simone Bourdon Lepianka, Anita Dobek and Sister Florence Trahan.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 17, at 12 p.m. at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden. A celebration of Marie's life immediately follows the service. Please contact Jeanne Cosenza at [email protected] for details. Contributions in Marie's memory can be made to Mercy Center, P.O. Box 191, Madison, CT 06443 or to the Sisters of Mercy, 55 East Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111. For online condolences and directions, please visit

Funeral Home

John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home
88 East Main Street Meriden, CT 06450

Published in The Record-Journal on Apr. 6, 2014