Edward M. Sferra, Sr. 83, passed away on Sunday January 19 at Windsor House at Canfield. He was born March 13, 1936 in Youngstown, Ohio to Stephen J. and Mary L. Modarelli Sferra. Edward graduated in 1954 from Ursuline High School and attended Youngstown University. He began his career as a draftsman and eventually became president of Federal Iron Works Co. Ed’s legacy of commitment, integrity, and fine work ethic are reflected in his life. Ed was proud of the many projects of hand railing, steel stairs and fire escapes he oversaw that adorn the Youngstown area. Projects include the arch at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, work at Rayen Stadium, Stambaugh Auditorium and countless others.
Edward married Marcella A. Dickey on May 3, 1958 and celebrated 61 years of marriage on their last anniversary. He enjoyed classic cars, country music, and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren attending and involved in all their activities including cheerleading, academic, dance, softball and fine arts events. Edward was a diehard Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians fan taking grandchildren to many games over the years. He loved taking pictures and was photographer at many family events.
He was a member at St. Christine Parish where he was an usher at 7 a.m. Mass for over 50 years. He served as Parish photographer and provided metal fabrication projects throughout the church and grounds. Ed was involved in Not Just Smoke Ministry - East Liverpool, OH and was a blessing to everyone he met.
Edward is survived by his loving wife Marcella, his children; Lora (Toney) Carey, of Indianapolis, IN Edward Jr. (Linda) of Columbiana and Gina (Joseph) Dravecky of Austintown. Grandchildren Joseph Sferra, Melissa Kimpel, Jessica (Tye) Lipply, Addison Colgrove, James (Katie) Fortunato, Amy (Steven) Armour; and great grandchildren Tyler, Jr., Abraham, and Sawyer Lipply. Edward leaves family in Indianapolis including Rev. Neil & Michelle Bell and Liz & Bobby Thomas. He is also survived by his sisters Louise (Horace) Leone, Rosemary Sferra, Virginia Klein and brother William Sferra. Also brother in law Daniel Santon and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Marguerite Nelson, Mary Santon and brothers John, Robert, Joseph and James; in-laws Michael Nelson, Robert Klein, Clara, Anne, Mary, Betty and Claire Sferra.
Calling hours will be held Thursday January 23 from 4-7 p.m. at Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home - 3100 Canfield Road Youngstown, OH 44511. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Christine Church, 3165 S. Schenley Avenue Youngstown, OH 44511 on Friday January 24 at 10 a.m. Services at the funeral home will begin at 9 a.m. with a tribute by Pastor Ed Sferra Jr. followed by the prayer service.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Windsor House at Canfield and Hospice of the Valley for their compassionate care and support.