Obituary of Leonard J. Ferrara
Leonard J. Ferrara, 80, of State College, PA passed away unexpectedly on March 5, 2022, in his home.
Len was born on October 10, 1941, in Jeannette, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents Nicola and Rose Ferrara, brother Art Ferrara, and his son Nick Ferrara. Len is survived by his wife, Elaine, daughters Gina Ikenberry (John) of State College, PA, Mai Ferrara (Nick) of Austin, TX, and Jaime Ferrara of Boulder, CO. He is also survived by five grandchildren whom he adored: Maya, Sam, and Ben Ikenberry of State College and Max and Nick Ferrara of Austin, TX.
In 1959, Len graduated from Jeannette High School outside of Pittsburgh, PA. He then served in the US military for a few years before marrying his only love, Elaine Hall, in 1966. A few years later, the family moved to Gettysburg, PA, where he started a financial services and pension administration business which he led for over 30 years.
Len was passionate about many things. He was a talented tenor saxophone musician, which he played throughout his life, starting as a young boy playing in local bands and continuing even through his years at the Village at Penn State. He was an avid gardener, loved Penn State football and wrestling, proud of his Italian heritage, and was an active member of Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church during the family's time in Gettysburg.
A celebration of life will be held at The Village at Penn State on Sunday, March 20 from 2-4pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Leonard Ferrara, please visit Tribute Store
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