OAKLAND, N.J. -- Julia Ferrarella (Bayes) of Oakland died Monday Dec. 7 at Oakland Care Center in Oakland. She was 87.
Ferrarella was born in Paterson and lived in Oakland for the past 59 years. Ferrarella is best knowns for starting a girls’ softball League in the early 60’s and for leading the Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Girls for many years.
Her favorite hobby was knitting and she enjoyed making lap robes, hats, and scarves for the Veterans home in Paramus. For many years she also knitted hats for newborn babies for Saint Joseph’s hospital in Wayne, She knitted animals for children, collected clothing and donated toys to Father Cyprian at the Society of Good Samaritan in Paterson.
Ferrarella loved spending her entire summer swimming in the pool and going down the shore with her four children and her three grandchildren. She enjoyed watching her granddaughters’ volleyball games and grandson’s baseball games.
She is predeceased by her husband Joseph.
Ferrarella is survived by her children Joseph Ferrarella of West Milford, Gail Ferrarella and boyfriend Dave Ferretti of Port Reading, Sandy Ferrarella of West Milford, Alice and her husband Michael Lembo of North Haledon, and Don Becker of Indiana.
She is also survived by her grandchildren Michael, Amanda, and Maddie Lembo.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please make a donation in Julia’s name to Society of Good Samaritan, 594 Broadway, Paterson, N.J. 07514.
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