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Joseph E. Ferraro
September 5, 1934 – June 22, 2022
Joseph E. Ferraro of Sunrise, FL passed away after a brief illness on June 22, 2022, at the age of 87.
Joseph was born and raised in Schenectady, New York along with his 11 siblings by his parent’s Nicholas and Helen (Policastro) Ferraro (both deceased). He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1953 and enlisted in the Army as a Private in Feb. 1957 with basic training at Ft. Benning, GA and ordnance supply training at Ft. Knox, KY. In September 1957 he was sent to Mannheim, Germany, where he served as an Ordnance Supply Specialist maintaining the condition of various supplies used by the Army. While in Germany, he was elected president of the first European chapter of Phi Tau Alpha, a social and service organization to promote the fellowship of enlisted men and assist the local community. He was awarded several medals and was honorably discharged as a Private Specialist in Feb. 1959.
Soon after being discharged, he and his brother, Anthony and friend, Nick went to Hollywood,
Florida working odd jobs before gaining employment at the Hollywood Beach Hotel. While
working at the hotel, he met his wife, Carole and they married in November 1961. They were
blessed with two children, one grandchild and 59 years of marriage.
Joseph began work with the United States Postal Service as a Letter Carrier in 1966 at the Polk
Street branch in downtown Hollywood where he remained until his retirement in 2000. He was
a member of the South Florida Letter Carriers of Branch 1071 and a Life Member of the National
Association of Letter Carriers. He served numerous times as NALC delegate at state and national
conventions. The vest he wore at the conventions was covered with many union pins, wearing it
He was a life member of both the Knights of Columbus (Holy Spirit Council 6032) and the Elks
Plantation (2273) and Hollywood West (2365) branches. When he wasn’t serving in these
organizations, he enjoyed gardening, swimming, and traveling abroad, especially cruises. He will
always be remembered for putting his family first, his infectious smile, and all-around good
He is survived by his son Jeffrey A. Ferraro (David Zastrow) of Wilton Manors, daughter Gina M.
MacFall (Robert MacFall, Jr.) and grandson Robert MacFall III of Miramar, sister Bonita Friello of
Pt. St. Lucie, FL, and brothers Nicholas, Jr. of Ballston Lake, NY and Anthony of Hallandale, FL,
besides many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He was preceded in death by
his wife Carole (March 2021), sisters Philomena (Fay), Concetta (Tina) and Marion, and brothers
Leonard, Louis, John, Richard, and Arthur.
His family would like to thank the ladies who took care of him in his home for the past two years.
They are Vicki, Veronica, Glenna, Antoinette, and Gloria. God Bless these Angels.
Family and friends will be received on July 1, 2022, for a Service of Celebration at Christ Lutheran
Church, 1955 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale 33306 beginning with the viewing at Noon
and service at 1pm. Burial will be held at the South Florida National Cemetery, 6501 S. State
Road 7, Lake Worth 33449 with full military honors on July 18, 2022, at 1:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 1955 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33306 in memory of Joseph E. Ferraro.
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