Joseph F. "Red" Cerra Jr., 69, of Kingsley, died Saturday night at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton.
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Born Jan. 17, 1943, in Carbondale, he was the son of the late Joseph F. Sr. and Rose DeAntonio Cerra. He was a 1960 graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale, and was a retired corrections officer at Farview State Hospital in Waymart. He had also been employed in his family's business, Cerra's Bottling Works, Carbondale. He was the founder of the Swinemeister, a catering business. He also served as a Pennsylvania constable. He was a charter member and president of the Harford Sportsmen Association, Har-ford; the Carbondale Masonic Lodge 249, where he served as a former worshipful master and was most recently a member of the Harford Lodge 445; a member of the Pioneer Rangers Hunting Club, Carbondale; the Elks Lodge, Binghamton, N.Y.; the Moose Lodge 794, Susquehanna; and the Moxie Club, Carbondale. He was a social member of the VFW Elk Mountain Post 8488, Lenox.
Red was an avid hunter who liked reloading and his time at the camp's rifle range. He also enjoyed cooking and the annual tradition of making sopressata and wine with his family. He loved the San Francisco Giants and was also a "long-suffering" fan of the Minnesota Vikings.
He is survived by two daughters, Michele Piatt and husband, William, of Crystal Lake, and Ann Marie Ohmnacht of Cresco; two sons, Joseph F. Cerra III and wife, Jean Marie, and Justin J. Cerra, all of Kingsley; five grandchildren, Dr. Nicole Piatt-Apple and husband Dr. Andrew, Danielle Piatt, David Ohmnacht Jr., Cerra Ohmnacht, and Joseph F. Cerra IV; one brother, Angelo J. Cerra and wife, Beverly, Carbondale; two sisters, Rosanna Gallo, Carbondale, and Patricia Misura and husband Mark, Carbondale; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, David "Chip" Ohmnacht.
The funeral will be Saturday at 9 a.m. from the Carmine J. & Louis C. Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Farview and 41st streets, Carbondale, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 15 Fallbrook St., Carbondale. Interment, Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill.
Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
For directions or to send online condolences to the family, visit www.parisefu neralhome.com.
Parise Funeral & Monument
89 Farview St. Carbondale, PA 18408
Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 11, 2012