Mary C. Ferrante
Monday, December 08, 1902 - Monday, July 14, 2008
FERRANTE, Mary (Taormina) Ferrante, a beloved matriarch whose perseverance, piety, generosity and sheer goodness inspired all who met her, died on Monday, July 14, at the home of her granddaughter, surrounded by her family. She was 105.
Maria Concetta Ferrante was born on December 8, 1902, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, in Sicily, the fifth of six children of Francesco and Giuseppa Taormina. The family lived in Sicily until she was seven years old, when they sailed from Palermo to Ellis Island, New York.
The Taormina’s settled in Youngstown, OH, where Mary enjoyed an idyllic childhood. At her brother Andrew’s wedding in Philadelphia, 16 year-old Mary traded youthful bliss for joy of another kind when she met a handsome soldier named Frank Ferrante – the bride’s brother. Soon, the bride’s brother and the groom’s sister became husband and wife themselves. Their first child, Angelina Nora (Angie), was born in 1920, followed quickly by Josephine Ann (Jo Ann); Rose, who tragically only lived 2 years; James William (Jimmy) who passed away in 2007; and her fifth child, Frank Joseph, born when Mary was just 23 years old.
Frank, Sr., was an underemployed carpenter; so Mary found work as a seamstress, sometimes holding two jobs. It wasn’t until their four surviving children had grown up and moved out that they bought a bungalow in Pennsauken, and began fixing up their dream home. But their empty-nest happiness was short-lived. In 1946, Frank died of a broken neck after a fall, leaving Mary a widow at 44. Left with almost no money, Mary went to work again, this time in the alteration departments of Philadelphia clothing stores. Later, she found work closer to home at Strawbridge and Clothier in Cherry Hill and continued to work until she finally retired at age 80. By then, she had moved from Pennsauken to Sicklerville, where she lived by herself, proudly making and washing her clothes, cooking, baking homemade bread and cleaning, until she was well past 100.
In addition to her indefatigable work ethic, Mary was known for her deep faith in God and in the Catholic Church. Until she was no longer physically able, she attended Mass regularly but was neither maudlin nor zealous in her beliefs. She simply believed.
Mary Ferrante is survived by three of her five children: Angelina Lorren, Jo Ann Endner, and Frank Ferrante, six of her eight grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 23 great-great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing Thursday eve 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Egizi Funeral Home, 119 Ganttown Rd., Washington Twp. Funeral Mass Friday 10:00am at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 642 Market Street, Camden. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, PA.
William C. Hamilton
Saturday, October 08, 1938 - Wednesday, July 16, 2008
HAMILTON, William G. (Halfie)
Suddenly on July 16, 2008, of Washington Twp. Age 69. Retired employee of Amtrak and avid golfter with his childhood friends. Beloved husband of Betty (nee Wiegman). Devoted father of William Hamilton (Tracy), Debbie Bertele, Debbie Maropis (Colin), Jeanette McKenna (Brian), Anna D’Alonzo, Donna D’Alonzo, Diane Miller (John), Dan Hamilton and Lynn Coulton (Bill). Loving grandfather of 23 and great-grandfather of 6. Dear brother of Cecelia DiGregario and Irene Siciliano (Joe). Also survived by first wife Betty Ann Bownan.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Visitation Saturday 10:00 – 11:00am, followed by his Memorial Service 11:00am, at the Egizi Funeral Home, 119 Ganttown Rd., Washington Twp. Interment private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Halfie’s memory to Vitas Hospice, 18 East Laurel Rd., Stratford, NJ 08084.
Monday, April 12, 1920 - Wednesday, July 16, 2008
On July 16, 2008, of Washington Twp. Age 88. Beloved husband of Marie (nee Guerriero). Devoted father of Joanne Thompson (John), Robert Gervasi, Sr. (Jean) and Kathy McDonald (Jim). Loving grandfather of John, Doreen, Cindy, Carol, Robert Jr. and Dana. Proud great-grandfather of Christine, Michael, Jack, Nicole, Joseph, Adam, Robert, Angela, Robert III, Danielle and Marc.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Sunday eve 7:00 – 9:00pm and Monday 8:15 – 9:15am at the Egizi Funeral Home, 119 Ganttown Rd., Washington Twp. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00am at the Church of the Holy Family, Washington Twp. Interment Hillcrest Memorial Park, Washington Twp.
Mary A. Cocchiola
Sunday, August 12, 1923 - Friday, July 18, 2008
COCCHIOLA, Mary A. (nee Ferrara) on July 18, 2008, age 84, of Washington Twp. Beloved wife of the late Louis D., Sr. Loving mother of Carmine (Sharyn) and the late Louis D., Jr. Devoted sister of Alfonse (Ruth) and sister-in-law of Michael A. Cocchiola. Caring aunt of nine nieces.
Mary held her neighbors and friends dear to her heart. She was a member of the Washington Twp. Senior Citizens Club.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing Tuesday eve 7-9 pm and Wednesday 8:45 – 9:45 am at the EGIZI FUNERAL HOME, 119 Ganttown Rd., Washington Twp. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 am at St. Charles Borromeo RC Church, Washington Twp. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ.
Tuesday, October 05, 1915 - Friday, July 18, 2008
McIntyre, Helen Dougherty (nee Sweeney) of Washington Twp., on July 18, 2008, age 92. Beloved mother of William, Manus and MaryAnn Dougherty all of Washington Twp. Loving grandmother of Dottie Balichits and Samantha Martin. Cherished great grandmother of Joseph Raymond Martin.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, July 26 at 11am at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 176 Stage Coach Rd. Turnersville, NJ. Interment private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to Lighthouse Hospice, 1040 N. Kings Hwy, Suite 100, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034, be made in Helen’s name.
BUONCUORE, Concetta “Connie” (nee Caiazzo)
On July 20, 2008, of Washington Twp. Age 60. Beloved wife of Ronald J. Loving mother of Ronald J., Jr. (Teri) and Christina Buoncuore. Loving grandmother of Ashley, Kyle and Timothy. Dear sister of Tony Caiazzo, Josephine Marchesani and the late Anna Marie Jones, Phyllis Reynolds and Phillip Caiazzo.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing Wednesday eve 7:00 – 9:00pm and Thursday 8:15 – 9:15am at the EGIZI FUNERAL HOME, 119 Ganttown Rd., Washington Twp. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00am at Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church, 500 Greentree Rd., Glassboro. Entombment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro.
Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Asso., P.O. Box 1834, Merrifield, VA 22116.
Richard N. Gaffney
Tuesday, July 25, 1944 - Tuesday, July 22, 2008
GAFFNEY, Richard N.
On July 22, 2008, of Philadelphia. Age 63. Beloved husband of Maria V. (nee Buscio). Devoted father of Victor (Deborah), William (Patricia), Thomas and the late Richard Gaffney. Loving grandfather of William Ian, Alexandria, Rachel, Kellianne, Sean, William and Amanda.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Friday 9:30 – 11:00am, followed by his Funeral Service 11:00am, at the EGIZI FUNERAL HOME, 119 Ganttown Rd., Washington Twp. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Chews Landing.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Richard’s name to The American Heart Assoc., 1 Union St., #301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691-4183.