Bernard F. Cerra

Bernard F. Cerra, 88, of Carbondale, died Monday at Osprey Ridge Nursing Home, Carbondale. His wife of 60 years is the former Marion (May) Totsky, formerly of Mayfield.

Born in Carbondale, son of the late Michael and Eva Sirianni Cerra, Bernard was a member of St. Michael's Church, Simpson, and a Navy veteran of World War II. For many years, he was employed by Hendricks Manufacturing Co., Carbondale, as a tool maker.

Bernard was a well-known drummer in the days of the "Big Band" era and played in many big bands locally, at the time when big bands had 12 to 15 musicians in a band. He was president of the Music Union and secretary of Hendricks Manufacturing Co., working at Hendricks for 38 years. He was a member of Local Lodge 1657 for 35 years and Musicians Local 130 of American Federation Musicians Union. He played as a drummer at Woodloch Pines for 10 years.

Also surviving are nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and in-laws, Francis, John and Robert Totsky, Florence Russell, Delores Tracewski, Jane Orlando, Loretta Anuszewski and Samuel Gatto.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Jean Gatto.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Lawrence A. Gabriel Funeral Home, 74 N. Main St., Carbondale, with Mass at 9 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. Entombment, Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill.

Friends may call Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Ann's Monastery, Scranton.

Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 22, 2012