March 7, 1954 - November 13, 2017
Maurita Ferrara Pierman (Mea), 63, of Charlotte, passed away on November 13, 2017. She was born March 7, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio. Mea is survived by her husband, Mark; two children, Joseph, Marie and her husband, Chris Chapman; brother, Thomas Ferrara and wife, Karen; sister, Patricia Ferrara; sister, Elisa Russo and husband, Salvatore; sister, Mary Supler and husband, Michael; brother, John Ferrara and wife, Felicia; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Mea attended Beaumont High School in Cleveland, Ohio, graduated from St. Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana and received a Master's in Hospital Administration from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Three things were most important to Mea – faith, family, and friends. When first diagnosed she didn't want to travel the world to see things she hadn't seen before, she wanted to travel to places where she could spend time with family and friends. She loved going to Vermillion, Ohio to her annual family reunions and any other time she could. She loved the beach. She loved the Cleveland Indians and other Cleveland sports teams. She loved the holidays and decorated accordingly. Her Christmas cookies are legendary. She was a planner and started planning her funeral mere months after her diagnosis so no one else should have to worry about it. Most of all people will remember her infectious smile and her distinctive laugh. She touched so many lives in so many ways but was also touched by those she met along her path.
Funeral services will be held 1:30pm, November 17, 2017, at St Peters Catholic Church at 507 S. Tryon Street. Prior to funeral there will be a gathering at Biss Hall (parish hall downstairs from the church) starting at 12pm. Following the funeral Mass there will be a celebration from 3pm-5:30pm at Sugar Creek Brewery at 215 Southside Rd.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wind River Cancer Retreats, 430 Larsen Ln., Tryon, NC 28782; or Carolinas Health Care Foundation, 208 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203.