Margaret Thomas Ferri, R.N., 98, of Old Forge, died peacefully Tuesday morning in the Mountain View Care Center. She was the widow of Victor M. Ferri, who died on June 13, 1993.
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Born in Carbondale and raised in Moosic, daughter of the late George and Nellie King Thomas, she was a graduate of Moosic High School and the Hahnemann School of Nursing in Scranton. Margaret was employed as a registered nurse, specifically in the operating room of the Taylor Hospital, then as a nursing supervisor at Moses Taylor Hospital. She also worked at the Clarks Summit State Hospital and performed private duty nursing for several years before retiring. Margaret was known as the "community nurse" for she selflessly assisted and cared for so many people throughout the area. She was also very instrumental in the operation of the Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, her late husband's funeral business, both prior to and following his death. Working alongside her grandson in its operation made her especially proud.
Her kind and gentle nature was exemplified in her daily life. The ability to see the best and goodness in others was a characteristic of hers that will be instilled in her great grandchildren for many years to come. The love she gave to her family is a testament to the fact that a piece of her will live on in their hearts forever. Her family was the single most important part of her life. Margaret possessed a tremendous ability to bake and cook delicious Italian and Welsh foods, which brought comfort to everyone, especially around the holidays. Her family wishes to acknowledge the staff and nurses of Mountain View Care Center and Compassionate Care Hospice, especially to Joy Prendergast and Dr. Darlene Dunay, for their exceptional care and comfort both to her and her family during her illness.
She was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Church at Prince of Peace Parish, Old Forge.
Surviving are a daughter, Janice Gillette and husband, Robert; a son, Robert Ferri and wife, Sarah, all of Old Forge; four grandchildren, Tanya Gillette, Robert Gillette Jr., Robert Ferri Jr. and Regina Ferri; six great-grandchildren, Matthew, Luke, Joshua, R.J. and Victoria Margaret Gillette, and Addison Ferri; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
She also was preceded in death by five brothers, LeGrande, Chester, Bernard, Richard "Sarge" and Austin Thomas; and two sisters, Ruth and Frances Thomas.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 8:45 a.m. from the Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Mary of the Assumption Church at Prince of Peace Parish, West Grace and Lawrence streets, Old Forge, to be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph F. Cipriano, pastor emeritus, the Rev. Louis T. Kaminski, pastor, and the Rev. Paul McDonnell, O.S.J. Interment services will follow in Springbrook Cemetery.
Friends are invited to call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. To leave an online condolence, visit www.ferrifuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 21, 2012