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Ferrante, Rosario

Passed away peacefully on March 8, 2018 surrounded by his family. Rosario was born in Lettomanopello, Italy in 1931. As a young man, he traveled extensively throughout Europe mastering skills in stone and masonry construction. Rosario married and settled in Milwaukee in the 1960’s where he owned and operated a successful construction company for many years.

He is survived by his loving wife Rosalia, Dear papa of Domenico (Amelia), John (Celina), Franco (Laura) and Teresa (Tom). He is further survived by four sisters, one brother, many in-laws, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation Thursday, March 15, from 4-8pm at the funeral home with a vigil at 7:30 PM and on Friday from 9 AM until time of the funeral service at 10 AM at Three Holy Women Parish St. Rita Church, 1603 N. Cass St. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.

Past Comments


My Dear Zio
I’ll never look at suspenders or a bow tie the same! U were always so sharp in those accessories and when I close my eyes that’s how I will always remember you:) You were such a kind soul and very funny..a non stop talker and welcomed everyone:) say Hi to all that we miss in Heaven but send a huge hug to my dad and Nonna Orienta:)
Love Flavia

Domenic Ferrante

We the Ferrante family from Canada will miss you coming here when there was a wedding we especially remember the Cadillac you used to drive here .I still remember the golf balls we stole and put in your trunk everytime you turned the the would be rolling

Sandra Ferrante Ohrt

Where do we start…. so many memories as a child & adult- wonderful visits with our amazing Zio and Zia and family in their beautiful home, which always received us with laughter, love and warmest hugs.
Larger than life personality- Zio, your quick wit, humour, kindness and love that you always demonstrated will live with us forever.
One of my favourite memories is sitting at the table with you at breakfast (and who can forget the lengthy discussions and eating of the brownberry bread!!) lunch and dinner- and simply chatting together and laughing- talking about food- your garden and life in general- priceless memories.
You were such a positive force in our lives- and the lessons shared will live with us forever. As I sit here reflecting on the memories and time spent with you- the tears easily come, but the happiness and pride of having such an amazing Zio like you- swells my heart; you were, and always will be, one of the most significant and positive blessings in my life.

I read this quote- which says it best….”When someone you love becomes a memory….. that memory becomes a treasure”….. thank you Zio-for now being my treasure! I will love you to infinity Zio, as will Kirk – Felicia and Mikaela (their Tatone!)

Orienta Di Pietrantonio

I am so blessed to have such a beautiful family, an extended family that was always so welcoming and fun to be around! Coming to Milwaukee for many wonderful occassions reminded me of that. Zio Rosario you were the kindest giving person. A big teddy bear 🙂 Positive in your energy, full of laughter and great spirit. I remember all the late night laughs and mishaps in the middle of the night when staying in your house with Nonna Orienta and other family from Canada. It has stayed with me and I am grateful to have these memories. Rest in peace we’ll see you around and while you’re up there please give your sister a big fat kiss from Orienta junior

Chiara Ferrante

What can I say Zio Rosario you will surely be missed. Your hugs and well wishes to everyone that visited you. Your passion for your garden and life. You always wanted to be active and go for a walk even though you had some limitations but that didn’t stop you. Walking around your neighborhood saying hello to your neighbors as you walked around. Sitting in your kitchen talking about the present and the past and silently observing how in love your were with your wife and how the two of you sat together in separate chairs but still close together to watch the evening news. Love was always felt.., when you said your goodbyes when you visited us in Canada or when we visited you in Milwaukee. Your spirit, passion, humor and greatness will always be remembered and held close to my heart.

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