Joseph Ferrari, 84, a lifelong resident of Scranton, died Sunday evening at Abington Manor Nursing Home. He and his wife, the late Lois Sayers Ferrari, were married 51 years.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Arthur and Frances Costanzo Ferrari, he was a graduate of Scranton Central High School. Until his retirement, he was the proud owner of Scranton Grinder and Hardware, a business founded by his father in 1917. After 100 years Scranton Grinder remains in business today. He was a member of the former St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Scranton, where he served on multiple committees, in addition to being lay leader, Sunday School superintendent and teacher. He was a member of the Peter Williamson Masonic Lodge 323.
Joe and his wife were caring business partners dedicated to serving the needs of their family, community, church, loyal customers and dedicated employees. They loved their home in East Mountain and tended to it lovingly.
Surviving are three daughters, Susan Todaro and husband, Joseph, Millville, Del.; Nancy Burns and husband, Thomas, South Abington Twp.; and JoAnn Sarno and husband, Mark, Dalton; two brothers, Louis and wife, Helene, Roaring Brook Twp.; and Arthur, Scranton; an uncle, the Rev. William Costanzo, South Abington Twp.; a brother-in-law, Robert Sayers and Andrew Kraucheunas, Fleetville; four grandchildren T.J. and Zachary Burns, and Erika and Emily Sarno; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Corey Brian Strauch Services LLC, funeral home location, 602 Birch St., Scranton. Interment to follow in Dunmore Cemetery.
A visitation will be held Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Masonic services at 6:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
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