Concetta "Connie" F. Ferrara
Concetta "Connie" F. Ferrara, 76, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2021 surrounded by family, following a period of declining health.
Connie was born on October 5, 1944 in the Bronx, NY, the first child of Ralph Coppola and Florence (Stabile) Coppola. She graduated from Saint Catharine Academy in the Pelham Parkway neighborhood of the Bronx and married Robert P. "Duke" Ferrara in 1965, moving into her mother in law's (Camille Ferrara) home on Morgan Avenue, a full 2/10 of a mile walk from her childhood home on Eastchester Road. Connie and Bob were married for 54 years until his passing in 2019.
In 1975, Connie and Robert moved to Florham Park, NJ, following their cousins on the Ferrara side, Tom and Charlene Shepard. The family became involved in everything the townhad to offer, including Cub Scouts, little league baseball at Boroand Stobaeus fields, Florham Park Falcons football at Emmitt Park, basketball at Ridgedale School and Holy Family Parish, Friday night parties at the Roller Rink, and hair-cuts at Eddie's Barber. Connie worked at Gibraltar Securities and was a volunteer on the First Aid Squad, including driving the big rig. As a sports fan, her signature phrases back then were "Dig, dig, dig!" for anyone who would otherwise be loafing it down the first base line, and "He's running for his life!" when she thought the offensive linemen were not doing their job blocking for a certain quarterback.
In 1996, Connie and Robert moved to Sea Girt, NJ, where they were blessed with wonderful neighbors and the proximity of their life long friends, Dick and Mary Mercora. Connie workedas the office manager for Atlantic Oncology and Hematology Associates, a job she thrived at and loved. Patients would approach her while walking on the boardwalk and she would stop to talk with them about their treatments and upcoming appointments.
Most of all, Sea Girt provided the setting for two and a half decades of Connie being the doting and loving Grandma to her 12 grand-children. When they were young, this meant always having their favorite toys, books, puzzles, pool floaties, suntan lotion and Entenmann's sweets (crumb cake for the NJ crew, chocolate covered donuts for the Boston crew). As these little people became big people (who now brought other big people with them), this meant Grandma cooking pounds and pounds of spaghetti and meatballs and fried chicken cutlets, securing enough beach badges for everyone, and setting up cots and mattresses and pillows that covered the whole floor (boys upstairs and girls downstairs). Connie was known to say that she "hit the lottery four times" with her daughters-in law, and she was right about that. Her favorite TV show was "Blue Bloods" because it starred Tom Selleck and because each episode ends with the family gathered around the table for Sunday dinnersaying "Grace."
Connie was pre-deceased by her father Ralph, sister BarbaraTricario, brother Ralph and husband Robert. She is survived by her mother Florence, sister Lena Simon (Leonard), cousin Pat Abati (Mario), sons Ralph (Michelle), Tom (Kris), Vincent (Windsor), Damon (Rachel), grandchildren Gabrielle, Allison, Tommy, Victoria, Vanessa, Nicole, Julia, Duke, Vincent, Xavier, Taylor and Jordan, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
The family would also like to thank the caring teams at Sea Brook Senior Living in Tinton Falls and Sunrise Senior Living in Madison.
A funeral mass will be privately held but those who wish to participate may do so by going to www.assumptionparish.org
on Monday at 10:00am to virtually view the mass. Arrangements held by the Doyle Funeral Home, Morristown.