Tina Fichera died peacefully Saturday, July 19, 2008, at Concord Assisted Living in Galveston, TX. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, sister, sister-in-law, and friend.
Her family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Tuesday, July 22nd, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with a rosary concluding the evening at 7:00 pm.
Funeral Mass will be 9:30 am, Wednesday, July 23rd, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Niall Nolan as Celebrant. Entombment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery Mausoleum.
Tina was born April 24, 1924, in Acitrezza, Sicily. She and her family moved to Galveston, TX where she met and married Joe, the love of her life on July 4, 1946. Tina was employed with the American National Insurance Company during World War II. After she married and had children, she started working as the head cook at St. Mary’s Cathedral School Cafeteria in the early 1950’s. She was there over 20 years, and the school children always asked for seconds. After retiring from St. Mary’s, Tina went back to work for American National Insurance and retired from there in 1986.
Tina was of the Catholic faith, a member of Sacred Heart parish, the Catholic Daughters of America, and the San Giovanni American Italian Association of Galveston, where she enjoyed cooking, volunteering, and having lots of fun.
Tina’s pastimes included caring for her husband – she never left his side in their 61 years of marriage – and her unconditional giving to her children and grandchildren who were the center of her life. She also loved playing cards with her family and friends, enjoying it more when she won rather than lost. Tina also enjoyed taking pictures, watching her soaps, traveling and camping with her family, playing slots in Vegas, keeping scrapbooks, and dating all of her possessions. But her favorite all-time passion was cooking. You never went hungry no matter what time of day it was when you visited with her. God, her husband, Joe, her parents, and the rest of her family and friends in Heaven will now enjoy all of Tina’s favorite dishes.
Tina will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and laughter, her deep and caring love for her husband, as well as her love for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Tina always had her brag book with her to show how proud she was of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was always looking forward to seeing her family and friends, even up to her last moments of life, with a wink in her eye.
She will also be remembered for her kindness and generosity to all, her determination and stubbornness, her love of playing jokes on her family, the mischievous glint in her eyes, and her deep and religious faith and devotion to St. Theresa.
Tina was preceded in death by her parents, Alfia and Giovanni Lofaro; and her beloved husband of 61 years, Joe Fichera.
She leaves behind her daughters, Rose Powley and husband, Ross, of Dripping Springs, TX; and Freda Apgar and husband, Phillip, of Flower Mound, TX; son, Joseph A. Fichera, of Galveston; grandchildren: Chris Apgar and wife, Lisa, of New Bern, North Carolina; Bradley Apgar and wife, Alison, of Harrisonburg, Virginia; and Mike Apgar and fiancé, Rosalyn Rice, of San Diego, CA; and Joseph Fichera Parker, of Texas City; great grandchildren: Hannah Apgar, Brendan and Tristan Apgar, Ashlyn and Keely Apgar, and Skylar Stack; sister, Grace Conti; brother, Sebastian “Buster” Lofaro and his wife, Grace, of Galveston; sister-in-law, Mrs. Lucia Fichera, of Galveston; brothers-in-law, Angelo Fichera, of Apalachicola, Florida; and Al Fichera, of Galveston; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Joseph Conti, Johnny Conti, Natalino Conti, Robert Cordova, Louis Ramagli, Alfio Lofaro, Sammy Lofaro, Sebastian Lofaro, Jr., Johnny Lofaro, Johnny FIchera, Joe Patane, and Joseph Scherer.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sebastian “Buster” Lofaro, Charlie Fitzgerald, Harry Abbott, Johnny D’Ambra, Al Fichera, and John Moses.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to our aunt, Grace Conti, and her son, Joseph Conti; cousins: Tina Arcidiacono, Rosie D’Ambra, Camilla Ramagli, and Freda Cordova, for their kindness, unconditional love, and support during our time of need. To our aunt and uncle, Buster and Grace Lofaro, for their love and generosity; and to Uncle Al for his support. To our special friend, “Deanie Coulter,” we thank you for being there and giving us your unconditional love and generosity for our parents. We also wish to extend our love and gratitude to Erica McZeal, Judy Johnson, Allana, Brandi, Karen, and the rest of the staff of Concord Homes for their support and devotion to our mom.
The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to Concord Assisted Living, 1601 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77550, in memory of Tina Fichera, or to Sacred Heart Church or your favorite charity.