Marie Frances Ferrari of Shelter Island passed away peacefully at her home on July 14, 2015, at the age of 70.
Marie was born in New York City Oct. 3, 1944, to Joseph and Clara Galli. She graduated from The Mary Louis Academy and Lenox Hill Hospital School of Nursing. Marie worked as a registered nurse for over 20 years, most recently at the Norwegian Christian Home.
Marie was a beloved wife to her husband, Larry, who she met at a school dance in 1961. They seemed to have loved each other forever and were looking forward to celebrating their 50th anniversary next month. For Marie, family always came first and she was a loving mother who was extremely proud of her children, their families, and their accomplishments. She adored her grandchildren and always made sure to have a special something for them whenever they visited.
Marie was an avid yard-saler who definitely believed that the early bird got the worm. When not hunting for treasures, she loved spending sunny days with family and friends on the beaches of Shelter Island. A consummate host, Marie enjoyed family gatherings and the rousing games of Skit-Scat that followed. She was funny and quick-witted, and could leave a room in stitches.
Whether it was your favorite meal or treat, or the perfect present, Marie loved to delight family and friends in a uniquely personal way. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Marie is survived by her husband, Lawrence Ferrari; her son, Adam Ferrari and his wife, Michele; her daughter, Alison Thaxter and her husband,Trevor; her son, Jonathan Ferrari and his husband Joe Datema; and her grandchildren, Jack, Louisa, Liam, Miles, and Maeve.
The family will receive visitors Saturday, July 25, from 3 to 7 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan-Shelter Island Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to: Shelter Island Ambulance Foundation, P.O. Box 547
Shelter Island, NY 11964.
This is a paid notice.