Ferdinand (Fred) Barberio
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Ferdinand (Fred) Barberio, an extremely generous and devoted family man, died on Saturday, May 3, 2014. He was born on December 15, 1928. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Bette Barberio, his son Joe (Nancy), his daughter Linda Granzow (Stephen) and his much loved grandson, Zlatko Thomas Granzow. Also including sister, Rosie Hengesbach; brother, Joseph (Janet) Barberio; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ermalinda and Vito Barberio and his beloved son, Thomas Barberio, a victim of the Northwest Flight 255 plane crash in Detroit.
Fred graduated from Lansing Eastern High School, began work at the neighborhood store , Baldino's and while increasing his physical strength by lifting heavy cases of food, he also was learning daily business practices. He was a veteran of the United States Army stationed in Europe. Upon returning home, he worked the next twelve years at Fisher Body, a GM division plant on Lansing's West side. His career for the next 35 years took him to the Michigan Department of Transportation, drafting highway designs for all of Michigan. Fred had extensive knowledge of Michigan roads and highways and was an accurate historian on their developments. Along with raising his family and being an active lifelong member of Holy Cross Church, he also was very involved with the Italian community and proud of his heritage. He was a successful real estate entrepreneur and had a passion for playing the stock market. He loved following it and was frequently sought after for his counsel and advice.
Fred's generosity is widely known and he took great delight in helping family and many close friends. It appealed to his playful side, when the surprised recipient found out and quickly went to him to express thanks. Fred warmly welcomed the many family and friends that were constant visitors to his home for great conversation, hearty laughs, coffee and the "come in and eat" Bette's homemade Italian delicacies. The TV was always set to any MSU game or Detroit Tigers game, as Fred was an avid sports fan.
We will miss him. He fought hard. Now he can rest. God gathered him peacefully for his journey.
Fred succumbed to Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) after seven years of battling the disease. Fred inspired everyone watching his fight with his courageous tenacity and will to live. He handled the disease with grace and silent strength. The family wants to express their gratitude to Dr. Tallat Mahmood and her Oncology team .
A viewing will be held 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday with a 7:00 P.M. Rosary Service at Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing. The funeral liturgy will be 10:00 A.M. Thursday, May 8, at St. Mary Cathedral, 219 Seymour, Lansing with Msgr. Bernard Reilly presiding. Rite of committal St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery with military honors by V.F.W. Post #701. Contributions may be made to the ongoing Barberio-Tallarico Memorial Scholarship fund at Eastern High School in memory of Fred. Friends may visit the guest book at www.tiffanyfuneralhome.com.
Tiffany Funeral Home
3232 W Saginaw St
Lansing, MI 48917
Published in Lansing State Journal on May 6, 2014