Joseph J. Ferraro, 81 of Pottsville died on November 4th at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. Joseph “Joe” Ferraro was a veteran of the United States Navy before enlisting into the United States Army 82nd Airborne Paratrooper division, then serving in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard 728 Main Support Battalion in Pine Grove. After his military career, Joe was a Self-employed truck driver and former Pottsville City Police Officer and retired Chief of Police of Cass Township. Joe’s Hobbies included collecting and restoring military vehicles, building military models, as well as organizing and participating in WWII re-enactments throughout the country. He was preceded in death by his parents Mary (Farro) Ferraro and Joseph T. Ferraro, his late wife Bernice Ferraro, and step-son Michael Hossler. He is survived by, two sons Joseph husband of Jennifer Kavanaugh of Forestville and Joseph Ferraro of Port Carbon, two daughters Linda Ferraro of Frackville and Josette , wife of Michael Peckman of Orwigsburg. Also surviving is his sister Prudence Griffin, Pottsville. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Gina Ferraro, Jenny Ferraro, Kayla, Kylie, and Jake Kavanaugh, and Sierra, Joseph, and Daevonn Ferraro, Aliyah and Nathan Peckman. Great grandchildren Julianna, Aubree, Brianna, and William. The family wishes to thank friend Heather Ingram for her many years of assistance as personal care taker. All are respectfully invited to attend a Visitation Friday November 13, with calling hours from 9:00 to 11:00 am. at the Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville. A Religious Service will be held at 11:00 at the funeral home with the Reverend Edward B. Connolly officiating. Interment at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, all recommended social distancing, mask requirements, and public safety guidelines will be followed. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.
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