Concetta (Connie) Ferguson, 92, was died on Sept. 4, 2012.
Born in 1919 in Westfield, Connie was one of eight children born to Andrew and Carrie Ippolito, who immigrated to the United States from Aliminusa, Italy. She was raised in Westfield, and it was there she met her future husband of 67 years, Bill Ferguson. He was a young soldier on his final military assignment in 1945 as a prisoner of war guard in Westfield. They were married there in 1946.
Connie and Bill settled in here for the next 62 years before moving to Port Orange, Fla., in 2008 to be closer to family. Connie was never one to shy away from hard work. She worked in a defense plant in World War II building fighter aircraft. Following the war, she worked in the wine industry all of her life in addition to working on the family grape farm. She was a kind, compassionate and loving woman who was a willing caregiver to anyone in need. Dedicated to her Lord, her husband and her family, Connie will be missed greatly by all who knew her.
Concetta K. Ferguson
Connie is predeceased by her husband, Bill, who died on June 15, 2012. She is survived by her brother, Henry of Burson, Calif.; son, Bill (Diana) of Port Orange; granddaughter, Cindy Itkoff (Michael) of Ponte Vedra Beach; and great-grandchildren, Charlie and Lila Itkoff.
Funeral services were held at Our Lady Of Hope Catholic Church in Port Orange, Fla., on Monday, Sept. 17.
Her family would like to invite friends to a Rite Of Committal graveside service for Connie at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the St. James Catholic Cemetery on East Main Street in Westfield. The service will be followed by a luncheon for friends and family at the Moose Lodge at 19 Clinton Street at 11:45 a.m.