Patrick S. Ferazzi, M.D.
Patrick S. Ferazzi, M.D., 90, of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
Patrick was born January 15, 1924 in Naples, Italy to Frank and Mary (Terra-nova) Ferazzi. He came to the United States through Ellis Island with his family at the age of 15 months. Patrick grew up in Bayonne, NJ, where he graduated from high school at the age of 16. He received his undergraduate degree and graduated from Medical School from the University of Virginia. Patrick did his residency in St. Louis, MO and his internship in Detroit. Patrick served his country as a Base Physician while serving in the U.S. Navy
. Dr. Ferazzi served the Battle Creek area community for 35 years as a dedicated Pediatrician, retiring in 1990 from Northside Pediatrics.
Patrick was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Charlene Joss in 1974. He married Bonnie J. (King) Maurer on November 25, 1977 in Battle Creek. Surviving are Bonnie, his wife of 36 years; children, Steve Ferazzi and Patricia "Tish" Ferazzi both of Kansas City, MO, Frank (Yolanda) Ferazzi, Tom (Lori) Ferazzi and Chris (Tammy) Ferazzi all of Houston, TX, Kristen (Ken) VanDalsen and Gianna (Mark) Ferazzi-Mooney both of Battle Creek; eleven grandchildren, Ellen and Sydney Vessels, Emmalie, Ellison and Nick Ferazzi, Eric and Mallory Ferazzi, Katherine Ferazzi, Taylor VanDalsen, Bonnie Ferazzi_Garcia and Angela Ferazzi Mooney; and his mother-in-law, Ruth King of Quincy. In addition to his first wife, Patrick was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Frances Gudicello and Natalie Ferazzi Lauritano and his father-in-law, William King.
Dr. Ferazzi was a Chief of Staff at the former Leila Hospital, now Bronson Battle Creek. He was a member of the American Medical Association. He enjoyed helping his children with their homework, writing papers and poetry. Pat tinkered with everything electrical and mechanical and was very inquisitive. He liked working in his yard, battling the squirrels, woodchucks, moles and protecting his bird feeders. He was proud of his ability to grill the perfect steak for his family. He loved following the financial markets, the New York Yankees, the Detroit Lions and driving as many miles as it took to find the perfect deal. He was very competitive at board games and enjoyed playing cards and solving crossword puzzles. He was an encyclopedia of trivia, witticisms and Dadisms.
Funeral services for Dr. Ferazzi's family will be officiated by Chaplain James Codde. Interment will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson Foundation, 30400 Telegraph Rd. Suite 150, Bingham Farms, MI 48025-5819;
, 229 E. Michigan Avenue, Suite 245A, Kalamazoo, MI 49007-6402; or Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Care, 166 E. Goodale Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49037-2728. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com