Methuen — John Mocera, 99, of Methuen died Monday evening, April 22, at Nevins Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Methuen.
He was born in New York City, August 8, 1913, son of the late James and Jenny Mocera and was educated in the New York school system.
For over 50 years he was employed as a butcher in retail establishments in New York and in meat processing plants in New York and New Jersey. He later became a meat inspector with the Department of Agriculture where he retired in 1976. Prior to moving to the area in 2000, Mr. Mocera resided in Escondido, CA for over 20 years. While in Escondido he was a member of the ELKS Escondido Lodge where he served as an officer for 4 years and earned Elk of the Year in 1995-96 from his work with the youth scholarship fund. He volunteered his time at the San Marcos, CA sheriff’s department three days a week until moving to Massachusetts.
He was the husband for 59 years of the late Mary M. (Sanfilippo) Mocera who died in 2009 and father of the late Richard Mocera who died in 2000. His survivors include a son, James and his wife Maureen Mocera of Haverhill and a grandson, Joseph Mocera of Belmont, MA.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family with entombment in Holy Family Columbarium of St. Joseph Cemetery, Haverhill. Arrangements are by the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Haverhill & Bradford. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Nevins Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 10 Ingalls Ct., Methuen, MA 01844 or the Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA, 01843. The family wishes to thank both these fine organizations that took such good care of John when needed. Condolences to his family may be made at www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.