James Jim Ferrante, 92, of Groves, passed away, Wednesday March 13, 2013 at the West Houston Medical Center in Houston.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Groves with Rev. Msgr. Kenneth Greig officiating with interment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves under the ion of Melancons Funeral Home in Nederland. A gathering of Jims family and friends will be from 5 to 8 PM Tuesday with a Rosary to be recited at 6:00 PM at the funeral home.
Jim was born November 29, 1920 in Wellsville, Ohio to the late Joe and Pauline Ferrante. He married Margaret Maggie Colletti, April 21, 1946 after the war in Port Arthur at St. Marys Catholic Church and moved back to Ohio in 1946. They returned to Texas in 1958 to go into the Colletti family grocery business. He retired in 1985 after nearly 30 years in the grocery business ending with the Ferrante Thrifty Nifty store in Groves. Jim proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII and received two Bronze Stars.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents sisters, Santina Randazo and husband Tony, Rose Cassara and husband Charles, Eleanor Pizzo and husband Sam brothers, Frank Ferrante, Tony Ferrante and wife Margaret, John Ferrante, Sam Ferrante and wife Elsie, and Angelo Ferrante. He is survived by his wife Margaret Maggie Ferrante son Joey Ferrante and his wife Colleen Coco his niece, Paula Moore Perry and husband Waymon great niece Stephanie Meyer his sisterinlaw, Louise Colletti his sisters, Marie Vinciguerra and Grace Vitale also survived by several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Wisconsin.