Theresa Vita

by | Jan 18, 2024 | Obituaries

NORFOLK – Theresa Mastracco Vita, known to most as Terri or “Grand Terri” to her family, passed away peacefully in her home in Norfolk on December 7, with her husband, Joe, by her side.

She was born on February 16, 1935.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecelia and Vincent Mastracco, Sr. and her grandson, Gregory Paul Vita.

Terri is survived by her husband, Joseph Vita, their children Stephanie Salerno (Jim), Jimmy Vita (Karen), Betsy Cooper (Erik), and her grandchildren, Jason Vita (Eric), Ryan Vita (Sandra), Dana Chappell (John), Corey Salerno, Hannah Cooper, Tanhen Cooper, and Kacey Cooper. She is also survived by her brother, Vincent Mastracco (Suzanne), and their children, Anna, Sarah, and James, as well as five great-grandchildren, and numerous cousins, friends, and neighbors from their homes in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Terri grew up in Norfolk, an alumna of Blair Middle School and Maury High School. She was an extrovert who loved participating in numerous activities that included cheerleading, bowling, walking, tennis, bridge, and mahjong, from which came many lifelong friendships.
She played an integral role in supporting her family’s professional and entrepreneurial successes. Her father, known as “Mr. Jimmy,” was cofounder of Giant Open Air Markets and Tinee Giants.

Terri was devoted to numerous charities over the years, especially Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Norfolk.
Her most important roles, however, were as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, excelling at all. She always encouraged her family’s academic and professional endeavors and was so proud of her grandchildren, who attended some of Virginia’s leading colleges and universities. She leaves an incredible legacy of class, humor, kindness, and warmth that will be sadly missed.

A mass was celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church followed by entombment at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Gregory Paul Vita Scholarship fund at, CHKD or a charity of your choice.
H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.