Christina Cerra

January 23, 1915 - January 5, 2012

01/23/1915 - 01/05/2012

Past Services

Saturday January 07, 2012
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
Saturday January 07, 2012
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger St.
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions

Cerra, Christina, 96, of Benwood, WV, died Thursday, January 5, 2012 in Wheeling Hospital.
She was born January 23, 1915 in Benwood, a daughter of the late Joseph and Candita Venitallo Conti.
A lifelong resident of Benwood, Christina was a homemaker, who loved to cook. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church, the Rosary Altar Society, and past president of the Italian American Mothers’ Club, all of Benwood. A loving, caring, giving person, she will be missed by all.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Thomas Cerra; two sisters, Antoinette Viscoloski and Mary Jafrate.
Surviving are two sons, Tom Cerra of Wheeling and James Cerra of Charleston, WV; two grandchildren, Tina Marie Cerra of Columbus, OH and Bryan Theresa Cerra of Akron, OH; three great-grandchildren, Makayla, Angelina and Wyatt Cerra; a sister-in-law, Vera Yanik; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many, many friends.
There will be no public visitation.
Services and interment are private and at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Italian American Mothers’ Club of Benwood, WV.
Arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made to the family at

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8 years ago






Jo Ann Toman Bonenberger
8 years ago

Dear Jim and Tom, I remember your mom very well, didn’t realise you still had her with you, Just keep remembering all the good times, I’m sure she was very proud of both of you.

Anthony Chieffalo
8 years ago

Dear Tom & Family. So sorry for your loss. Your mother was a really great person in all ways.Always there to help you & talk to you about anything & everything & such a great pizzells maker. A beautiful lady.

Judy Toman
8 years ago

Dear Tom and family

So sorry

Sending love -hugs and prayers

Judy and Frank Toman

Denise Kessler
8 years ago

Dear Tom and Family,

I will always remember how kind your mother was to me and my brother and sisters. How wonderful that she was able to live such a long life! You have been blessed.

John & Betsy Sicurella
8 years ago

Dear Tom and Family, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Pete and Erin Cuffaro
8 years ago

Dear Tom and Family:

So sorry to hear about your mother.

Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

With deepest sympathy,

Pete & Erin Cuffaro

Robert Campbell
8 years ago


We enter this world from the “great unknown”,

And God gives each spirit a form of its own;

He endows this form with a heart and a soul-

To spur us on to our ultimate goal;

For Mrs. Cerra was born to return as she came,

And birth and death are in essence the same;

And we are all born to die and arise,

Far, far beyond this world great beauty there lies;

The purpose of death is but to gain,

Life everlasting in God’s great domain;

And NO ONE need to make this journey alone,

For God has promised to walk with his own.

Tom, may God grant you and your family peace and understanding

Jan & Bob Campbell

Erica Wellman
8 years ago

I feel very blessed to have had the chance to help care for Chris. She was such a sweet lady and such a joy to visit. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Erica Wellman RN Amedisys Hospice

Angela Grose
8 years ago

Mr. Cerra, Jim, Bryan and Tina Marie:

I would like to offer my deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother/grandmother.

I didn’t really know her personally but it seems as though I did.

She was a very sweet lady and I will miss talking to her.

Take care.

Mike Rich
8 years ago

Mrs. Cerra was like a second mother to me. I can’t think of another woman I respected more. She was loving, kind, and generous. I used to do work for her and she never let me leave without eating something. I loved her like my own. I have thought of her often. My prayers are with her family. She sure was a great lady and I felt honored to know her and call her my friend. I will miss her.

Robert & Edna Loudenslager
8 years ago

This GREAT Lady and her family attended our wedding 58 yrs. ago

my family did not, I will allways remember her for her kind ways.

Rest in peace until we meet again.

Love you Christ.

Bob Schmitt
8 years ago

Tom & Family,

My condolences to you & your family on the passing of your mother. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

Todd Dangelo
8 years ago

Tom, Bryan, Jim, and Tina Marie:

I was shocked and sadden to hear of the passing of your mother/grandmother.

She was always warm and welcoming and always prepared something wonderful to eat whenever I would visit.

I always viewed her as a second Grandmother and I shall miss her.

I offer my sincerest condolences to you and your families during this difficult time.

May she rest in peace.

Trudy Forster
8 years ago

Tom, Jim & family,

Sorry for your loss. I am sure there are many in Heaven welcoming your dear mother. She was a special lady.

8 years ago

Tom: Sorry to hear about your Mother, Bobby Jones told me she had passed away. I hope this finds you well and may the good Lord Bless your Mom and may she rest in Peace. God Bless You Tom