Marie Ferraro joined her husband, Henry, on October 18, 2020, passing-away was six weeks after Henry. Her independence, mobility, and vision were limited in her final months of life, but Marie stubbornly refused to give up her life on such a beautiful Sunday.
Marie was preceded in death by her mother, Frances Cimino, her father Rocco Cimino, and her brother Robert Cimino. She is survived by her brother Raymond Cimino.
Marie grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania. A devout Catholic who was taught the importance of loving God and serving others. Her strong faith sustained her daily. Marie believed everyone is someone in God's eyes. Marie’s often spoken mantra preached the importance “to know, Love, and to serve God.” Most likely learned from one of the nuns at Sacred Hearts Catholic school in Scranton. Marie embraced that saying and applied it throughout her life.
Marie loved being a mother to her 5 children and truly loved her seven (7) grandchildren and eight (8) great-grandchildren: Ann Marie Ferraro of Vienna, VA, and her children Marissa Figueora and her husband Joseph, and their children Makenna, Royce, and Emerie; and her daughter Jenna Bell and her husband James and their children Mila, Ellie, and David; and Anita Ferraro Flowers of Clearwater, FL and her son Nick and his partner Sara Rex, and their children Noah and Emma Grace; Salvatore (Sam) Ferraro of Wilmington, NC; Matthew Ferraro of Westerly, and his children Olivia, Madison, and Jakob, and their mother, Lisa; and Anthony Ferraro, of Westerly, and his daughter Gabrielle.
She was a very young, no-nonsense Navy wife and raised five children during Hank’s numerous vessel and submarine deployments from the late 1950’s through early 1970. Marie kept a fastidiously clean house and was a meticulous in her fashion sense. No matter which seaside town she lived in she learned how to cook like the locals. Picadillo and yellow rice in Key West, Florida; steamed blue crabs in Baltimore, Maryland; and New England shore dinners and her famous baked, stuffed shrimp and Italian Grinders in Westerly, Rhode Island. Marie's kitchen was a popular, well-loved place where something wonderful was always cooking. The Ferraro home was constantly filled with friends, and neighbors enjoying Marie's cooking.
Some of Marie's favorite past times included bowling (in her younger years) playing cards with friends and neighbors, and traveling with her family to wonderful vacation sites. She spent plenty of Wampum at the southern Connecticut casinos while playing the slot machines. When her children were older, she worked outside of her home and loved socializing with her co-workers. She brought a level of concern and care for her fellow associates and work. As one of the original employees at McQuades (Ace) Hardware, Marie sometimes mentioning her fastidious care of the owner’s favorite area – the camping and outdoor section - instinctively knowing how to make it organized. Another fond memory, shared via her son, recalled Marie’s summertime job at a Misquamicut Beach souvenir shop and arcade. She confessed to giving the arcade kids quarters when their money supply ran-out. For those who knew Marie, this was an example of her limitless generosity.
When Marie passed away our family didn’t just lose a branch from our family tree, we lost a beloved nest, a sanctuary for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She is sorely missed and remembered with wonderful stories, but most of all, her greatest accomplishment was teaching her children how to spread their wings and make their own nests.
Rest in peace Mom, we will miss you!!
The family will have a Mass and Celebration of Life for Marie and Henry Ferraro post COVID-19. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com