Patricia Ferraro – Journal Times

22August 2020

featured_button_text May 10, 1930– August 21, 2020 RACINE, WI– Patricia Mae Ferraro( nee: Schneider), 90, died at

Ascension All Saints Hospital in Racine, WI on August 21, 2020. She was born to Lloyd and Eleanor Schneider( nee: Brandt)in Racine on May 10, 1930. Pat finished from William Horlick High School, in Racine, class of 1948. She wed her high school sweetheart, Louis J Ferraro,

in Racine on September 23, 1950. Lou and Pat initially opened a pizza place in La Crosse, WI in 1955. Then they opened other pizza dining establishments in the area. In 1969, Lou and Pat opened the very first Ferraro's Pizza in Racine, ultimately expanding to other areas in Racine. Although ownership changed hands in 1994 when they retired, the Ferraro's Pizza in the Georgetown community of Racine is still in operation today.

As a member of the St Rita's church choir for several years, she was honored to sing solos at masses and was the musician the church picked to sing at church funerals and weddings.

Pat was a very friendly outgoing person. She had a strength of spirit rarely seen. Along the way, Pat belonged to the Christian Woman's Club, a Pacemaker's Counselor, a member of the Wisconsin Restaurant Assoc. Over the years, she likewise participated in swim aerobics, playing golf, hand stitchery and had a doll collection. She was a big Brewers and Packers fan. And naturally, Pat was an ardent spectator at all her kids' sporting and school occasions.

In 1996, Pat was crowned Ms. Senior Wisconsin and represented Wisconsin in the nationwide Ms. Senior America Pageant in Biloxi, Mississippi. Also, during her senior years, as part of a modeling agency, she designed for print advertisements part-time throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

Through it all, family life was essential to her.

A quote from her from 1996: “I still try to find the beauty in the smallest things. It takes nerve to defend our convictions and follow our dreams, however a brave life is a complete life.”

Pat will be very much missed by her children Dan, Dave, Sue (Mitch) Blada, Jeanne (Tom) Jirasek, Tony (Karen); grandchildren Tifanie, Tara, Zach, Nina, Drew, Cody, Jeabet; fantastic grandchildren Cyreel, Taelor, Bryston, Austin, Liam, Elena, Aria; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Tony and Jeanne Ferraro; sister-in-law Helen Ferraro; nieces Terri, Gina, Rose, Barbara, Kathy, Elaine, Marianne, Caroline; nephews Mike, Joe; other family members; buddies at Fountain Hills Apartments.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband Lou in 2013; moms and dads Lloyd and Eleanor; father-in-law and mother-in-law Joe and Carmella Ferraro; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Frank and Mary Ferraro; brother-in-law Ralph Ferraro.

Family and friends are invited to fulfill in the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Friday, August 28, 2020 for a visitation from 4:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. A service celebrating and remembering her life will follow at 5:00 p.m. A personal interment will occur at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove. Contributions to research for Cancer and Heart illness are recommended. Please go to the funeral home website to publish acknowledgements.

An unique thank you to Dave Ferraro for being her helper these past a number of years. And thank you to oncologist Dr Hassan, the personnel at the Ascension St Mary's Racine Cancer Care Center and all the other doctors, nurses and personnel who took care of her.


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