Theresa V. DeCaria

DeCARIA, Theresa V., 61, of Weirton, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, after an eight month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born on July 16, 1951, in Steubenville, OH, Theresa was the daughter of the late Fortunato and Virginia Lattanzio DeCaria.

Theresa was a nurturer and always felt happiest when helping and caring for others. After graduating from Duquesne University, Theresa accepted a teaching position at her alma mater, Weirton Madonna High School. There she taught and was the Department Chair of English and Mathematics. She also served as the guidance counselor. After receiving her Masters Degree from the University of Dayton, Theresa was named the Principal of Weirton Madonna High School. She took pride in the developments of her students and remained close with many throughout their lives.

After leaving her position at Weirton Madonna, Theresa joined the Steubenville City School System, as a special education teacher and guidance counselor. She then served as Treasurer of the Steubenville City Schools, a position she held until her retirement. Theresa also acted as caregiver to each of her parents, a role she cherished.

Throughout her life, Theresa and her mother cooked side by side as a means of expressing love and bringing others together. Theresa worked diligently over a number of years to capture her mother’s knowledge and family’s memories in a cookbook, The Table My Mother Set. Her dream of publishing this book was realized through the support of the Pittsburgh Art Institute in 2008. Since being published, this award- winning cookbook has sold over 5000 copies. This memoir reminds all who read it that the recipe for happiness is tradition, simplicity, and togetherness.

Theresa was a member of Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton. Her faith in God was absolute and she accepted her diagnosis with grace and love. She continued to spend her time doing what made her most happy: sharing memories with loved ones over good meals, attending courses at the University of Pittsburgh, establishing dual citizenship in Italy, learning Italian, and visiting beautiful places.

Theresa is survived by her three brothers, Frank O. DeCaria of Hawaii, her twin, Anthony V. DeCaria (Mary Lynn) of Pittsburgh, PA, Vincent B. DeCaria (Marsha) of Weirton, WV; her beloved nieces and nephews, Tirzah DeCaria, Olivia DeCaria, Danny DeCaria, Dr. Maria DeCaria, Dr. Chetta DeCaria Lupa, Rita DeCaria, Esq, and Bruno DeCaria; and cousins and friends.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton.

Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, at Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton. Interment will follow at Saint Paul’s Cemetery, Weirton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the American Cancer Society, or the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.