Mary Rose Ferrara age, 82, wife of Rocco Ferrara since 1960 of New Britain, passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Mary Rose was born June 23, 1936, in New Britain Conn., to the late Metus and Grace (Geetersloh) Rivers, previously residing in Plainville, before settling in New Britain, Conn.
Mary Rose graduated from New Britain General Hospital school of Nursing and received her B.S.N. from Central Connecticut State College. Mary Rose was employed as a school nurse for New Britain schools before retiring in 1996. She was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi in New Britain. Mary Rose enjoyed reuniting with her friend, Nancy, and her other fellow nursing friends. She also enjoyed visiting the local area Catholic shrines with the love of her life, her husband, Rocco (Ric).
Besides her husband, Rocco, she is survived and will be dearly missed by son, Andrew and his wife, Sandra of New Britain, her daughter, Catherine, and her husband, Keith (Gooley) of Canterbury. She is also survived by her dear sister, Ellen Stagis of Bradenton, Fla., and grandchildren, Keith Gooley, Andrew Ferrara, Jr., Pascale Ferrara, and Elizabeth Capodagli.
She was predeceased by sisters, Grace Francis, Mae (Rivers) McMurray, Frances (Rivers) Coppi, Margaret (Rivers) Provencher, Shirley (Rivers) Caya, and her brothers, Thomas, Richard, James, and Metus Rivers, Jr.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the New Britain Memorial-Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Ave., New Britain, followed by a Mass of Christian at 9:30 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1755 Stanley St., New Britain. Committal will follow in St Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Visitation will be on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial donations in her memory may also be made to Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 3152 Little Road, Suite 146, Trinity, FL 34655. The family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to the kind and caring staff at Apple Healthcare of Plainville, for their compassionate care.