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Ada Ferraro

Ada N Ferraro

Friday, November 11th, 1921 - Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
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Obituary

Ada N. Ferraro
Happiest when with her family

Ada N. Ferraro passed away peacefully on December 22, 2020, with her loving family by her side. She was 99 years old.

Ada was born in Manhattan to Thessi and Orazio Negri and grew up in Somerset, NJ, graduating from New Brunswick High School in 1939. During her professional career, she worked in various school systems, retiring in 1982 as Assistant to the Principal at Franklin High School.

Her true joy in life, however, was spending time with her treasured family and lifelong friends. Ada was married to her beloved husband of 56 years, Paul L. Ferraro, who predeceased her in 2004. She was also predeceased by her loving son, David P. Ferraro, who died in 2016 and a sister, Rena N. Marter, who died in 2019.
Ada is survived by her devoted daughter, Nancy Ferraro (Duffy) and son-in-law, William P. Duffy; her sister, Melba N. Battin; and her extended family of cousins and nephews.

Ada’s zest for life was infectious. She was curious and loved to travel; visiting many countries with her husband before his passing in 2004. Ada continued to travel annually on her birthday and spent many Novembers soaking up the sun in the Caribbean.

Ada was a wonderful cook and she enjoyed a great meal, along with a glass of champagne. Hobbies included crossword puzzles, gardening and dancing.

She lived a rich and full life, filled with extraordinary love. Her wisdom, loyalty, unique insight and sense of humor will remain with us forever.

The family will receive guests at Gleason Funeral Home from 2 to 4PM on Sunday, December 27. A funeral mass will be offered on Monday, December 28 at 10:30AM at St Mary of Mount Virgin Church, New Brunswick, NJ. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Piscataway, NJ.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 27th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Sunday, December 27th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Gleason Funeral Home
    Address
    1360 Hamilton Street
    SOMERSET, NJ 08873
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  • Service

    Monday, December 28th, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Monday, December 28th, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    St. Mary of Mount Virgin Church
    Address
    198 Sandford Street
    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ 08901
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  • Interment

    Location
    Resurrection Cemetery
    Address
    899 Lincoln Avenue
    PISCATAWAY, NJ 08854
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Roberta Isaeff

Posted at 11:44pm
I just loved to hear Ada's voice and her laugh! What a delight she was to be around. I have great memories of events at Sue's house with Nancy and Ada present. I admired the deep bond between Nancy and Ada and loved that Ada was Nancy's matron of honor at her wedding years ago. What a statement that made about the love they shared!

Nancy and Bill: Our hearts ache for you on your Mom's passing. She lived a wonderful, long and healthy life achieving an incredible milestone of 99 years. We share in your sadness and send healing prayers and comforting hugs. Please know you are in our thoughts and in our hearts.

With love,

Roberta, Greg, Matt and Allyson
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Colleen

Posted at 06:11pm
Aunt Nancy & Uncle Billy, I am so very sorry for your loss. Ada was always a welcome addition to our visits to Somerset! I'm so sorry we can't be there to support you during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Colleen, William & Megan.
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William Duffy

Posted at 11:18am
Ada: I'll always remember the first time I met you at a family gathering at the farm in 1983. This was my introduction to the Ferraro family. Ada made me feel so comfortable as if she had known me for a long time. I felt as if she wanted to make her daughter happy by welcoming me into the family. Other family members were not so sure about me initially since I was this boisterous Irishman from Hudson County. In time, I won them over as well.

Ada made the best marinara sauce from her home-grown tomatoes. Linguini fini, sausage and sauce at Ada's house were always a treat. And, of course, we had to finish everything--no leftovers!! She was an excellent cook, making everything from scratch.

I will miss Ada everyday. I hope she's sharing her recipe for sauce with the angels in Heaven.

Your loving son-in-law,
Bill
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Scott Marter

Posted at 09:42am
Ada you were the most sweetest caring person I've ever know. I remember all the wonderful times we had visiting the farm from seeing our first snow, driving the tractor, to all the fresh vegetables you grew and prepared from your garden. You probably had something to do with getting David into talking Brian to walk thru the chicken coup barefooted. Lots of fun times and laughs. Rest in peace in your new life forever. We will remember you forever. Love you your nephew Scott.
JB

James Battin

Posted at 12:37am
We miss you, Ada, gardener extraordinaire, and the most straight-shooting, sensible person anyone could ever hope to meet. You always—whether I was 5 or 50—encouraged me to eat till I felt like I was going to explode, and I could never resist. Your love of and devotion to your family always shone through. May you rest in peace.
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