James J. Ferrario

James J. Ferrario, 94, of Covington Twp., died peacefully Saturday evening surrounded by his family in Hospice Community Care, Dunmore, following an illness. His wife of 57 years is the former Eva R. Grunow.

Born Oct. 8, 1918, in Dunmore, Pa., he was the son of the late Giovanni and Maria (Pantano) Ferraro. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Jim was an Army World War II veteran, serving with the 109th Infantry, 28th Division, and fought at Normandy, France, and the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, receiving the Bronze Star Award. After World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. While stationed in England, he helped supply the planes that flew the Berlin Airlift. He also served in Austria, Germany, Italy and at various bases in the USA as a Mess Sergeant. He retired in 1965, as a Master Sergeant, after 24 years of military service. He then worked at the Tobyhanna Army Depot for 17 years. Jim was a member of Daleville United Methodist Church; Moscow Masonic Lodge 504; and Keystone Masonic Consistory.

He enjoyed volunteering his help in the preparation of meals for various community events; and at home, Jim was a plumber, carpenter, car mechanic and an avid gardener and cook.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, DeeDee Ferrario and companion, Val Larioni, of Old Forge; and Heidi Franssen and husband, Thomas, of Madison Twp.; two sons, Raymond W. Ferrario and wife, Barbara O'Hara, of Clarks Summit; and John S. Ferrario and companion, Donna McSweeney, of Waterbury, Vt.; 10 grandchildren, Adam Smith and wife, Tracy; Dylan Smith, Tessa, Evan, and Amrey Ferrario; Michael, Lauren, and Christopher Ferrario; Sarah and Nicholas Franssen; two great-grandchildren, Ella and Barrett Smith.

Three sisters and four brothers also preceded him in death.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice Community Care, Dunmore, for their compassionate and loving care.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at the Daleville United Methodist Church, Route 435, Covington Twp., Pa. Please join friends and family at the church to celebrate his life, followed by interment with military honors, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp., Pa.

Friends may call Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, Pa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Pocono Food Pantry, c/o St. Catherine's Church, 220 Church St., Moscow, PA, 18444.

Arrangements by the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home of Moscow, PA.

For online condolences go to www.duffyandsnowdon.com.

Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 27, 2012