Elmwood Park says goodbye to oldest resident, Connie Ferolo

As Constance “Connie” Ferolo waived to onlookers of Elmwood Park’s Fourth of July parade, she was, in a sense, also waiving goodbye.

Ferolo, 102, died just four days after the community parade in which she served as one of two grand marshals and was honored as the oldest resident in Elmwood Park.

Ferolo’s daughter, Judy Swider, said her mother was very happy about being in the parade.

“The crowds were going by, congratulating her on her age,” she said. “She was waiving both hands and taking it in.”

Swider said her mother really enjoyed being recognized by her community.

“She was very thrilled and very honored she would be in the parade,” she said. “It was quite a milestone in her life.”

Swider said her mother had heart problems and was surrounded by friends and family during her last few days.

In 2012, the Elm Leaves reported on Ferolo’s 100th birthday, where she shared that having a bowl of oatmeal and a glass of orange juice each morning was her key to a long life. But Swider said her mother’s positive attitude also contributed to her longevity.

“She’s always been very sweet,” she said. “It was my honor to be her daughter. I’m very blessed to have had her all of these years.”

Ferolo grew up in Chicago and graduated from Medill High School. She raised five children with her husband, George, and worked as a court clerk for the Cook County Clerk’s Office for 32 years. She had eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will take place today, July 11, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Salerno’s Galewood Chapels, 1857 N. Harlem Ave. A funeral Mass will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, 1530 Jackson Ave., River Forest, followed by entombment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

For more information on funeral arrangements contact Salerno’s Galewood Chapels at 773-889-1700.

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