ELVIRA (VERA) SARACINO CARRERA Elvira (Vera) Saracino Carrera, 83, of Wilmington, NC passed away peacefully on January 14, 2019. Vera was born on July 20, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Joseph and Elisabetta Saracino. She was happily married for 56 years to the late Salvatore F. Carrera who passed away in 2013.
Vera is survived by her her sister Jackie (& husband Bill), four sons Arthur, Reynold (& wife Atlanta), Steven (& wife Andrea), and Sal Jr., as well as her niece Mary Lou (& husband John), eight grandchildren (Lana, Christina, Jennifer, Hank, Matthew, Jeremy, Abby and Patrick), and two great grandchildren (Kenan and Dean).
Vera began her career in New York City as a licensed beautician. After moving to Wilmington, Vera and Sal started their own wallpaper and window shade business. Vera later worked for Hoggard High School. Vera was a devout Catholic and, together with her husband, played an active role in St. Mark's Catholic Church. She was also a longtime member of the Elks Lodge. Vera was known by all as a fantastic cook, regularly making her own pizza and even sausage and pasta from scratch.
Her friends and family always considered her a great listener and sought her out for her balanced, insightful advice. Vera's inner strength and confidence was apparent throughout her life and particularly at the end.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10AM on Saturday January 26, 2019 at St. Mark's Catholic Church. Inurnment will be immediately following the Mass at St. Mark's Columbarium.