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James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home
Saturday May 14th, 2022
12:00pm - 2:00pm

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Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Saturday May 14th, 2022

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John Sera

John Sera, age 75, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at his home in Norwood, Massachusetts. Born in Alliance, Ohio on July 6, 1946, he was the son of the late James and Julia (Surten) Sera.  He graduated from Alliance High School in 1964.  Following his graduation, John began his history studies at Mount Union College in Alliance, where he joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. 


While in college, John met his wife to be, Donna Morgan, and they were married on July 26, 1969, in her hometown of Steubenville, Ohio.  After their wedding, they made their home in Connecticut, settling in Middletown. There they raised their two daughters, Amanda and Morgan.  John worked in retail management for 32 years and retired in 1999. Following his retirement, John was a faithful volunteer at the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown for many years.


Faith was an important part of John’s life. While he lived in Connecticut, John was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Middletown and Bethany Lutheran Church in Cromwell. At the time of his death, he was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood. 


John was an avid basketball fan, holding season tickets to UConn Women's Basketball and the WNBA's Connecticut Sun.  He also loved perusing used bookstores with a particular interest in Civil War and World War II history. Other favorite pastimes included collecting coins, watching classic movies, and listening to his favorite music of the 1960s.   


More than anything, John was a devoted family man and a dear friend, who treasured the time he spent with those he loved.  He had a close relationship with his daughters and their husbands and was delighted at the birth of his grandchildren, reveling in his role as Grandpa and “Schmoopy.”  In the past year, John and Donna began splitting their time between their homes in Middletown and Norwood, Massachusetts, to be closer to their daughters and their families.


Beloved husband of Donna Morgan Sera.

Loving father of Pastor Amanda L. Warner and her husband, Britton, and Morgan E. Jean-Pierre and her husband, Mark, all of Norwood.

Cherished grandfather of Abigail Warner, Julia Warner, John Warner, Cyrus Warner, Preston Jean-Pierre, and Parker Jean-Pierre.

Brother of Helen Hahlen and her late husband, Robert, of Naples, Florida and Julianne Klippert and her husband, Fred, of Augusta, Georgia.

Uncle of Jan Hahlen-Muller and her husband, Art, of Naples, Florida, and Kim Porter and her husband, Duke, of Akron, Ohio.

Loving son-in-law of the late Donald and Arlene Morgan.


John’s family would like to thank Hartford Healthcare at Home Hospice and Old Colony Hospice for their excellent care during the last months of his life.


Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend John's Life Celebration on Saturday, May 14, 2022, from 12 to 2 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole.  A Funeral Service will follow at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 24 Berwick Street, Norwood at 3:00 PM.  Interment will take place privately in Highland Cemetery in Norwood.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in John's name may be made to either Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 24 Berwick Street, Norwood, MA 02062 or Amazing Grace Food Pantry, 16 Stack Street, Middletown, CT 06457.

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Thinking of John today and am filled with love and admiration for the man he was. Fun, loving, kind and interested in those around him. His love for his family and others was boundless. We will honor him today and our memories of him will be with us forever

Debbi Mathis May 14 2022 12:09 PM

Donna and family,
I was saddened to hear of John’s passing. It was always a pleasure seeing him on his Amazing Grace delivery runs & hearing all about the family. He was immensely proud of you all. Cherish the fond memories. My parents join me in sending prayers and sympathies.
Karen Carta

Karen Carta May 13 2022 7:38 AM

Donna and Ron Maley lit a candle for John Sera

Donna and Ron Maley May 13 2022 6:38 AM

Kathy Finnerty Hosler lit a candle for John Sera

Kathy Finnerty Hosler May 12 2022 8:40 PM

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Ghislaine Alcime May 11 2022 8:47 PM

What an amazing man! He will be missed by you and your family . Love his special Name - schmoopy! May he Rest In Peace in the arms of the Lord.

Lawrence and Carol Nolen May 10 2022 10:53 PM

So very sorry to hear of John’s passing. Your family is in my prayers. Margaret D’Aquila, Faith Litheran

Margaret D’ Aquila May 10 2022 7:50 PM

Donna and family. John was a great man who truly loved his family. Donna - Our prayers are with you and your family. May John Rest In Peace.

Pam & Bill Carey May 10 2022 5:09 PM

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