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Died: Sun., Sep. 23, 2018

Memorial Mass

11:00 AM Fri., Nov. 23, 2018
Location: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church

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Ferranti, Ida
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church in Hamden for Ida Ferranti, a dedicated nurse, decorated World War II veteran, proud holder of several academic degrees, mother of six and grandmother of 10. She died, at age 97, on Sept. 23 at The Village at Mariners Point in East Haven.
Born in 1921 in a Manhattan tenement to Italian immigrants Gerardo Preziosi and Giovanna Cencetti, Ida brought passion and drive to an early career in nursing and was on the vanguard of a generation of women starting to consider professional achievement as an alternative to a role in the home. The oldest of five children and a self-described bookworm, Ida's first love was school, and to her last days one of her proudest accomplishments was her near-perfect 99 on the Regents exam in history during her senior year in Newtown High School in Queens. She earned a diploma as a registered nurse at Flushing Hospital School of Nursing, received specialized training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Anesthesia, and worked for several years in the emergency room at Bellevue Hospital.
Ida enlisted in the army, hoping to go to Europe, but instead was stationed at Halloran Hospital in Staten Island. She rose to the rank of First Lieutenant, becoming Chief Nurse Anesthetist and by age 25 was supervising dozens of nurses and corpsmen. She was awarded multiple decorations including a Meritorious Service medal and Commendation Ribbon.
She earned a bachelor's degree in science (biology) at NYU with an eye toward a career in medicine, but her life took a turn when she met an Italian intern, Redento "Tino" Ferranti, while assisting him in delivering a baby. They married in 1954 and within a year had their first child. Ida was the breadwinner in the young family, pulling in $500 per sleepless weekend hospital shift while Tino interned. By 1959, with three children, the couple moved to Connecticut, first to East Haven and then to North Haven, and had three more children. For decades, Ida was the heart of the Ferranti home, keeping a household of activity barely under control and welcoming an endless stream of visiting neighborhood kids and adult friends. Her energy never flagged. She managed to get a master's degree in education at Southern Connecticut State College, began substitute teaching, and went back to nursing in the 1970s at Arden House rehabilitation and nursing center in Hamden, where she worked for 17 years.
Music was a constant source of inspiration for Ida and though she came up in the big band era, as a teenager going to see Frank Sinatra at the Paramount in Times Square, she kept up with the times, bringing her young children to see the Beatles and even insisting years later, into her 80s, that her now middle-aged children come with her to see the likes of Eric Clapton and Les Paul. She is survived by her children, Marc, Peter, Paul, Mary, Tom and John; and by grandchildren Nico, Nancy, Michael, Max, Giovanna, Tino, Trevi, Lilly, Leo and Luca. To express condolences, visit http://www.celentanofuneralhome.com/. Family friends are welcome to attend the funeral mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 2819 Whitney Ave, Hamden.

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Brett and Blanche Gerstenhaber
   Posted Mon November 05, 2018
All our sympathy at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. While we knew her for a brief time we found her to be kind and loving as was Tino

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