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  • Joseph J. Ferraro Sr.

  • Joseph J. Ferraro, Sr., 94 of Carona, KS passed away at 10 pm, Thursday, November 15, 2012 at his home following a lengthy illness.

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  • Joseph J. Ferraro, Sr., 94 of Carona, KS passed away at 10 pm, Thursday, November 15, 2012 at his home following a lengthy illness.
    He was born August 21, 1918 in Carona, KS the son of Pete and Lauretta (Vetero) Ferraro.
    During his high school years in West Mineral, Joe won awards for the music he made with the clarinet, playing with Page Cavanaugh and other local musicians.
    In 1942, Joe enlisted in the Army and served in the Army War Show selling war bonds before being sent to Europe. As S/Sgt in the 3519 Ordinance/Medium Automotive Maintenance Company, Joe served in Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He was awarded the American Theater Campaign Medal, EAM Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon with 1 Service Stripe and 2 Overseas Service Bars.
    On August 21, 1946 he was united in marriage to Sarah Parise at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Scammon, KS; she survives him of the home.
    In 1949, Joe took over his father’s grocery store and became Carona’s Postmaster. Joe devoted over 36 years of service to his patrons before retiring in 1986.
    Active in his community, Joe was one of several men responsible for the creation of Rural Water District No. 4. He held the position of business manager of the district for 33 years. Joe was also instrumental in setting up a perpetual fund for the St. Bridget’s Cemetery.
    As a lifetime member of the Scammon Knights of Columbus, Joe served as both Grand Knight of the Third Degree and Faithful Navigator of the Fourth Degree during his active membership years.
    Joe worked hard for his family, church, and the community in which he lived. He was known for his generosity and his willingness to help others. Joe knew the value of citizens working together to improve their community. He was a planner and an organizer. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of his family and the people who benefited from his work.
    Additional survivors include a son Joe Ferraro, Jr. of Carona; two daughters: Loretta Scott of Lawrence, KS and Gina Hale of Orange Park, FL; a sister Edith Sachetta of Frontenac, KS and two brothers: Pete and Frank Ferraro both of Pittsburg, KS; four grandchildren James Scott of Boston, MA, Sarah Kaufman of Lawrence, KS, and Nicole Zapf and Chris Hale,both of Baltimore, MD, along with three great-grandchildren Andrew and Maggie Scott and Alexandra Kaufman.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters: Minnie Parise, Annie Decicco, Dorothy Ferraro, Lily Getto and Pauline Ducroux; three brothers: Victor, Mike and Jim Ferraro.
    Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Scammon with Fr. Chrysostom Ah Maung as Celebrant.  Burial will follow in the St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery.  Parish Rosary will be 6:30 pm Monday at the funeral home.  Family will receive friends following the rosary.  Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com.  Memorials may be made to the St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery Fund, these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home.  Services by the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Weir
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