LoCurto, Vera

June 15, 1942 - December 21, 2017

Vera Wyrosdick LoCurto of Dallas died suddenly of a heart attack on December 21, 2017. She was born on June 15, 1942 to Billy and Vera South Wyrosdick in Niagara Falls, New York where she lived until she moved to Dallas in the mid seventies.

An avid reader, Vera loved the arts, opera, theater, and music. She was an active supporter of the Dallas Opera, Arboretum, Museum of Art, Public Library,  Zoo, KERA, and many local theater companies. Vera cared deeply about human rights, justice for all people, the environment, and being a good steward of natural resources. She acted on her beliefs through her daily life choices and support of Southern Poverty Law Center, Nature Conservancy, and many other civil rights and conservation organizations.

Vera also loved to travel, and with her life partner Carole Braden, visited all seven continents, all fifty states, and every Canadian province. Friends described Vera as sunny, lively, and lovely with special style.  Her signature laugh and quick wit would light up a room. Brilliant and beautiful, she so loved hats that she was fondly known as “the hatted one.”

Vera was a force of nature, a wonder, an original, and well-loved.  She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.

Preceded in death by her parents, Vera is survived by Carole Braden, her life partner of 41 years,  sister Dorothy Wyrosdick Thomas of Panama City Beach, FL and four sons:  John LoCurto of Asheville, NC;  Mark LoCurto and wife Pamela of Venice, FL; Gregory LoCurto, wife  Amy, and grandchildren Anthony, Cadence and Teagan of Atlanta, GA; and Keith LoCurto of Hollywood, FL. She is also survived by cousins Margaret and Wayne Bennett; Debbie and Casey Jackson and Angie Cotton of Andalusia, Al.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX 75218

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, or any organization mentioned above.


Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238

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