February 12, 1934 - November 23, 2012
William D. Marra
Builder, Developer, Grocery Store Owner
William D. Marra, 78, of Sewickley died peacefully on Friday, November 23rd, 2012 with his wife of 19 years, Debera, by his side. He was born on February 12, 1934. He was the son of Daniel A. Marra and Aida N. (Boder) Marra, brother of Daniel (Lorraine) Marra, James Francis Marra, Ruth (Fritz) Walker, and John (Kitty) Marra. He married his high school sweetheart, the late Marjorie Ann Wurdack and together they were the parents of the late Donald Marra, Marty (Toni) Marra, Donna Marra, Dean (Mary) Marra, Renee (Tom) Bosmans, and Ed (Deanna) Marra. He is the grandfather of William, Samantha, Molly, Louis, David, Krystal, Tom, Bella, and Nicolina. He is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews.
After attending West View High School he joined the Army and became a Sergeant in the 3rdArmored Division in Ft. Knox, Ky. Upon returning to Pittsburgh he started his own companies building homes and many apartment buildings. His work was his life. He was a visionary and took many risks, which led him from his construction and development operations to open the Amarraca Supermarket in Ross Township with many trend setting ideas. In 1993 he married Debera Kramer and they resided in Sewickley, PA and Naples, Florida. He was a Life Director of the Builder’s Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Apartment Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh of which he was a founder. He never retired and was currently active in several real estate projects. Friends will be welcome on Wednesday, November 28th from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway in the North Hills. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 29th in Hiland Presbyterian Church at 10AM. Entombment in Sewickley Cemetery will take place immediately following the funeral. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s name to the Salvation Army, PO Box 236, Pittsburgh, PA 15230-0236 or the Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105.