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Joseph Peter Serra III

November 19, 1938March 15, 2021

Joseph Peter Serra III, 82, of Midland, passed away Monday, March 15, 2021. He was born November 19, 1938 in Buffalo, NY to the late Mary and Joseph Peter Serra II.

He enlisted and was a veteran of the US Army. He worked as a truck driver for over 40 years. Joe enjoyed fishing, bowling and playing cards and was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles while he lived in Bakersfield, CA.

Joe is survived by his wife, Carolyn Serra of Midland; son, David Thornhill of Midland; daughters, Tonya Thornhill of Midland, Cindy McMurtrie of Buffalo, NY and Nicole Serra of Eugene, OR; brothers Albert Serra of Florida and Bob Serra of New York; sisters, Mary Shu of California, Vida Serra, Jane Serra and Ann Serra, all of New York; 11 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph Peter Serra II and Mary Serra; daughter, Lisa Forcucci; and brothers, Anthony and Francis Serra.

No public services are scheduled at this time.


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Jeanette Lewellyn

March 19, 2021

Was able to spend times with Joseph at his brother Albert's places in Florida over the past 15 years. He was such a kind gentleman, was so informative about past history, and just fun to be around. I remember when we were at Albert's once and Joseph bought his brother about 10 red rose bushes to plant along a wall to cover it. I helped Joseph plant them. Low and behold, the iguanas came up out of the river by the house and ate everyone of them. So I happen to be at Albert's when he got the call that his dear brother passed away. I went and bought Albert a rose bush named " Love" in memory of Joseph from me, and my Daughter Tammy, and son-in-law Rich. Such a wonderful man.