Donald James Nocera, 80, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017.
He was born in New Castle on Dec. 24, 1936, to Ferdinand J. Nocera and Anna Lambiase.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ferdinand and Anna Nocera; his brothers, John "Johnny" Nocera and William "Willie" Nocera.
Donald is survived by his wife, Joan L. Nocera; his son, Tyrone James Nocera; his granddaughters, Jennifer D. Nocera Garcia and Natasha J. Nocera; his grandson, Dominic J. Nocera; his brother, Frank Nocera; and six great-grandchildren.
Donald attended New Castle High School and graduated in 1955.
He went on and joined the military and served in the Army National Guard for two years.
Donald married Joan L. Bratschie on Jan. 7, 1956. They were married for 61 years.
He attended Moorpark Community College and obtained an associate's degree in 1979.
One of Donald's special accomplishments was to serve with the Ventura County Sheriff Department as a sheriff for 15 years. He worked in aerospace and was there for 25 years working as a technician.
He loved NASCAR, Harley Davison motorcycles, guns, cars, line dancing and camping.
Service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Southern Chapel.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives and friends who were so kind and supportive during this time. Your kindness will always be remembered.
Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com.
Southern Chapel, 2400 Southern Blvd., Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124; (505) 891-9192.
Published on April 3, 2017