Josephine (Gaccione) Feraco, formerly of 48 Hubbard Street, Westerly, passed away at the Royal Westerly nursing home Saturday, October 28th, just 20 days shy of her 106th birthday. She was predeceased by her son Michael Feraco in 1953 and her loving husband Michael A. Feraco in 2004.
Born in Westerly, she was the daughter of the late Angelo and Anna Gaccione.
Josephine worked for George C. Moore Company for more than 20 years, then as a cook for Terminal Lunch until her retirement in the mid 60’s. She was also a devoted communicant of St. Pius X Church.
Josephine was an avid cook with or without pay. Her children have vivid memories of coming home from school seeing homemade pasta draped over wooden cutting boards, left to dry on their beds.
Josephine believed in the phrase that “if you cook, they will come.” Come they did, as Josephine’s house was rightfully named “the hub” that held every family or social gathering for years to come. She didn’t believe that you had to come with gifts, and didn’t care how well you knew her. Whether you had met her just before dinner or the day you were born, she made sure you left with a full belly and an “I love you, be safe.”
She leaves behind her son Joseph M. Feraco of Camden, ME, her daughter Jean M. Rowe of Westerly, 6 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
She will be sadly missed by those who called her mom, those who knew her as Nanie, and those who remember her as Jojo. May you all know how loved by her you were, and how safe she wishes you’ll be as her spirit lives on through you.
Visiting hours are omitted. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Pius X Church, 45 Elm St., Westerly at 12 noon on Friday, November 3rd. Burial will follow at St. Sebastian Cemetery, Westerly. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, Westerly is in charge of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in her memory.