Joseph Ferko

Born: Sun., Apr. 8, 1917
Died: Fri., Feb. 12, 2016


Visitation

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Tue., Feb. 16, 2016
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home


Funeral Mass

1:00 PM Tue., Feb. 16, 2016
Location: St. Gregory Church


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Joseph Ferko, age 98, of Ohio and formerly of North East died on Friday, February 12, 2016 at Vista Springs Assisted Living in Macedonia, Ohio.

He was born on April 8, 1917 in Meadowlands, PA to the late Michael and Mary Vilk Ferko. He graduated from Trinity High School, Washington, PA. Joseph was a veteran of WWII serving in the United States Marine Corps.

Joseph worked at General Electric as a welder for 26 years and then became a certified life underwriter for Farm Family Insurance Company for 18 years until retirement in 1982.

He was a member of St. Gregory Church. Joseph was preceded in death by sisters, Ann Yancosek, Helen Yancosek, Margaret Gonda, Mary Cobucci, Catherine Ferralli; brothers, George, John, Michael and Steven Ferko.

He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Anne Ferko, sons, David J. Ferko (Joann) of Canton, OH, Thomas P. Ferko (Vangie) of Erie; daughters, Maureen Pfaffroth of Uniontown, OH, Elaine Ferko of Twinsburg, OH; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 S. Lake St., North East on Tuesday 11:00 am until time of a prayer service at 12:30 pm followed by a funeral mass at 1:00 pm at St. Gregory Church. Interment St. Gregory Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to St. Gregory Parish School, 136 West Main St., North East, PA 16428. Please send condolences to www.elkinfh.

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Tom Welch
   Posted Mon February 15, 2016
Elaine,
Many years have passed since our last contact. I hope that they have been kind to you. My deepest sympathy to you and the rest of your family for your loss. I only met your mom and dad once or twice. It would have been 1981 or 1982, shortly before your dad retired. What a long and commendable life. It is hard to fathom 75 years of marriage! It takes a special kind of person to sustain and nourish a commitment like that. He obviously served his family well, sending 4 successful children into the world, and served his country well in WW2 as a marine.
I lost my dad 16 years ago when he was 76. My mom is 92 and still going strong. So I know what it feels like to lose a parent, and I also know what is like to become a parent to your parent. Take care of yourself. Please don't be a stranger to me. I'd like to hear from you and get caught up on what has transpired in the last 35 years of your life :-)

With Sympathy
Tom

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