Carolyn Marie Ferriano is at peace, after a years-long battle with debilitating health issues. Carolyn spent her last 8.5 months receiving wonderful care at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. She never lost her incredible will to live or her sense of humor.
Carolyn is survived by her loving family: husband Frank, daughter Sharon, son-in-law Greg and grandchildren, Samuel and Anna. She is also survived by her brother Bob Hofstetter and his wife Susie, and their kids/grandkids, and by many members of Frank’s family - his sister Annette, nieces, nephews. Carolyn adored them all.
Along with family, Carolyn had so many beautiful friends. She loved them all dearly, including Maureen and Lowell Youngs and Greg’s parents, Barbara and George Mischio. If Carolyn loved anything more than her friends and family, it was animals. In particular, their cat Sir Arthur, who we believe was waiting for her as she passed.
Carolyn met Frank Ferriano, in 1963 in New Jersey. They were married in 1965 and moved to Wisconsin in 1968. They had 57 wonderful years together, many of them spent attending concerts, shows, plays and movies. They also enjoyed their gourmet dinner club and bridge club. But their favorite thing to do together was to travel. Carolyn and Frank enjoyed many cruises, trips to Europe, Alaska and Hawaii. They also made time to visit family in various parts of the country.
Carolyn had a wonderful career as a nurse, and did it all, from teaching nursing to hospital nursing, nursing home, doctors office and home health care. She was incredibly intelligent and caring. She never stopped teaching. The staff at Agrace all talked about how much they learned from her.
After Carolyn retired from nursing, she and Frank returned from living part of the year in Florida so they could fully participate in their grandkids’ lives. They were at all their activities/sports/dance/music programs, etc. We looked forward to our Anna Maria Island trips together every year. That was Carolyn’s favorite place. She loved the beach, sunsets and looking for shells. We will treasure every moment we had with her there.
Carolyn was a talented seamstress, who also did needlepoint, crochet and knitting. She made countless gorgeous blankets, shawls, scarves, bags, and decorative items.
We could not have gotten through these last 8 months without Agrace. It is where Carolyn always said she wanted to end up, and it was beautiful to see the friendships she developed with the staff. We are forever grateful for the loving care she received there.
We will have a memorial gathering for mom in the spring - date TBD.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either Agrace Hospice or the Dane County Humane Society in Carolyn Ferriano’s name.
Cress Funeral & Cremation Services
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