Visitation: Friends may call Friday, November 4, 2011 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Services: A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk. Donations: Donations in her name may be sent to the Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital. 24 Stevens Street, Norwalk, CT  06850.

Irene "Renee" Ferrara

July 6, 1940 ~ October 31, 2011

Irene “Renee” Ferrara, 71, Norwalk, CT, beloved wife of Robert Ferrara of Stamford, CT passed away peacefully Monday, October 31, 2011, with her family by her side.

Renee was born on July 6, 1940 in Norwalk, Connecticut.  She was the daughter of the late John T. and Alice Griffin Redway.

Most important to Renee were her family and friends.  She opened her house to all.  A loving mother to her children, Renee especially loved attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.  When she was not busy cooking for her family, those who knew her well would often find her feeding the wildlife in her backyard.   She had a wonderful and welcoming smile, along with many hugs that would make everyone feel important.

She is survived by her husband Robert, her three children and their spouses Maureen and her husband Jay Mathews of Hamden, Lisa and her husband Mike Devaney of Trumbull, Michael and his wife Sheila Ferrara of Fairfield.   The highlights of her life were her seven grandchildren Rob, Breanne, Brendan, Michael, Adam, Alice and Amelia.  She was also survived by her sister Juanita Baltovich of Norwalk and her brother John and his wife Sue Redway of Old Saybrook and fourteen nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Friday, November 4, 2011 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.  A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk.  Donations in her name may be sent to the Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital. 24 Stevens Street, Norwalk, CT  06850.

  1. Bob — we are so very sorry to hear of Renee’s passing. Such a loss — but having your children and their children around you is something that would have made her very happy. I was really glad to have had a chance to see you and Renee when I was last up there. Lucy sends her best to you and the children as well.

    November 2, 2011
    Chick Clark -
  • Bob and Ferrara Family, Saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved Renee but happy to know Renee is at rest with peace and free of the pain and suffering of this world. Our memories of her sweet smile and good heart and love for her family and friends will remain with us until we join her in the not-to-far distant future. Sincerely, Sal & Diane

    November 2, 2011
    Sal & Diane Ferreri -
  • Dear Lisa, Michael and Mo,

    I’m so sorry for your loss and for the void you’ll have in the days and weeks ahead. But try to look back on all the wonderful times with your Mom. My memories go back to the old house on Olmstead Place. Your Mom ALWAYS had all of us over. She was the Mom we all knew so well because we spent more time there after school than at home!

    I can picture her now in her favorite pair of jeans, her Dorothy Hamill haircut and that everlasting smile on her face. Hope you can remember those days too.

    Love you,

    Neen and the girls

    November 2, 2011
    Janine Deering -
  • Dear Bob, Mo, Lisa and Michael:

    My deepest sympathy on the passing of Renee. She was an added bonus to our family and will be missed immensely. I will always remember her beautiful smile, wonderful laugh and kind heart. A shining star has ceased to shine. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


    Ginger Orgera

    November 2, 2011
    Ginger Orgera -
  • Dear Mr. “F, Moe, Lisa and Mike:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. “F”, Renee, always had a smile and and “be safe” for Moe and I as we went out the door in our teen years. She welcomed me with open arms and something good to eat whenever I came over to the house. She will be missed…

    November 2, 2011
    Marsha May Elkind -
  • Dear Ferrara’s
    So saddened by the news of Renee’s passing. While you grieve, she is in a place of beauty and peace and that will bring us comfort. All of you have special places in our hearts. You were a second family to us as you cared for Meredith when she was just a baby. I like to say that all the good things about her come from the loving care that surrounded her as a baby and toddler. We still tell stories and laugh hard about those times. Renee will always be alive in our memories.

    Jamie, Ralph, Meredith, Steven and Jake Walker

    November 2, 2011
    Jamie Hewitt -
  • Dear Bob, Mike, Lisa and Mo,

    I am so sad to hear the news of Renee’s passing. She was quite literally like a second mom to me back in the Olmstead days. She was warm and welcoming and I will forever remember the time spent at the Ferrara house as a child and the fun and care I received. I always fondly recall how Renee and Ellie would spend hours on end just chit-chatting in each other’s kitchen while Mike and I ran around getting into trouble! She was a special, warm-hearted lady and I am so sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers…

    Much love,


    November 2, 2011
    Jeff Dube -
  • To The Ferrara Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Ferrara. She was truly a remarkable and gracious lady whom I have endless fond memories of. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this difficult time.

    Much Love,


    November 3, 2011
    Dan McNeill -
  • My friends,

    It was a privilege to know Renee, and all of you. She was kind, gentle, cheerful – the embodiment of love. I will never forget her. May her memory be for a blessing. You are all in my prayers.

    Rabbi Fredda Cohen

    November 3, 2011
    Rabbi Fredda Cohen -
  • Dear Bobby, Mo, Lisa and Michael
    We are so sorry to hear about Renee. She touched so many lives with her kindness and her wonderful personality!
    We will always remember her lovely smile and her friendly humor.
    She will be missed. God has been given a beautiful new angel!
    God Bless all of you!
    Our love and prayers!
    Diane, Stephanie and Jackie

    November 3, 2011
    Diane Mollo -
  • Dear Bob and family,
    We are very sorry to hear of the passing of your precious wife Renee. Since we are in Florida we will be unable to visit you in person to offer our condolences. We are sending our prayers and wishes that you and your family find strength and know that Renee is at peace and resting in God’s arms. Take care. Love, Jo & Nick Falcone

    November 4, 2011
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  • Mr. F, Mo, Lisa and Michael,

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I have nothing but great memories of all the times we spent at your house on the weekends. Your parents were always so kind to let us crash. We always felt welcome at your home. Your mom was a very special person and she meant so much to so many people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time.


    November 4, 2011
    Michelle Jegier (Haid) and family -
  • Dear Mr. F, Lisa, Mike and family-
    You are all in our thoughts at this difficult time.
    Love, The Carron family

    November 4, 2011
    Rob & Susan Carron -
  • We are so sorry to hear of Mrs. F”s passing. I remember how welcoming your mom was when I met her and Ron has plenty of memories of hanging out with the family. Lisa, I remember your mom laughing at your bachelorette party and of how proud she looked on yours and your brother’s wedding days. Even though we don’t see as much of each other as we used to I think of the good times we spent hanging out together and getting married all at the same time. I can’t imagine how difficult her loss is, but I can imagine she was comforted by her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    With Love – Karen, Ron, Adam & Sara Laracca

    November 4, 2011
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  • Dear Lisa, Mike and family,
    We are sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. We know she was very special to you and we will continue to pray for everyone.

    The Heyder Family

    November 5, 2011
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  • Dear Bob, Lisa, and the Ferrara family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Renee’s passing. Cherish the memories in your hearts forever. We are sending our thoughts and prayers to all of you. She was truly a special person and remember to always find comfort knowing that she is in the hands of the Lord now at peace.

    The Stachowiak Family

    November 6, 2011
    Joan Ferreri Stachowiak and family -
  • Bob and Family, sorry to read about Renees passing. She was a wonderful person and will be truly missed. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Heidi Gagliardo

    November 7, 2011
    Heidi Gagliardo -
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