Hazel Ferdinando, age 87, of Swedesboro, was welcomed into the arms of our Lord on Friday, Sept. 3 with her children and son-in-law by her side. Hazel was born in Vineland, NJ and raised on her family’s farm in Norma, NJ. She was a resident of South Harrison Township in Mullica Hill, NJ prior to moving to Swedesboro where she spent the remaining 21 years of her life. Hazel worked as a seamstress early in her life before becoming a stay at home mom and then worked as a home health aide with the elderly before retiring in 1996. Hazel enjoyed being out and about whether taking the bus to the mall or walking through town to visit the library or shops. She enjoyed exploring and discovering bargains at her favorite shops which included JCPenney and Macy’s. Her happiness was in generously sharing the blessings the Lord had given her with her beloved daughters, adoring grandchildren, and many friends.
As Hazel spent more time in her community, she developed friendships with many of the residents who she enjoyed talking with while sitting outside of her beloved home at Kingsway Apartments. As a resident of Swedesboro, she loved attending Church functions, walking through town, and sharing a meal, especially at the Swedesboro Diner.
Hazel devoted her life to God, her family, grandchildren and friends. She was blessed with three daughters, Lori DiPatri, Andrea Edwards (Scott) and Lisa Ferdinando. Additionally, she was also blessed with seven grandchildren, Ryan, Sarah, Madison, Rachel, Brandon, Jason, and Emma.
The defining aspect of Hazel’s life was her devotion to God which she instilled in her family. Hazel began her relationship with Christ at the Pentecostal Christian Church in Mullica Hill. After her move to Swedesboro, she faithfully continued her service to the Lord at Word of Truth Fellowship. A devoted follower of Christ, she spent each morning in fellowship with the Lord reading her Bible and daily devotion.
Hazel will be forever remembered as a servant of God, a devoted mother, sister, daughter, adoring and loving grandmother, a selfless friend, and a kind and caring soul who consistently put others first, and shared her love and heart with people. Donations can be made to your favorite charity.
Hazel was predeceased by her husband, five sisters, one brother, two grandchildren and her mother, Agnes (Kascak) and father, Frederick Gustafson.
Relatives and friends will be received Thursday, September 9 from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM at Word of Truth Fellowship, 170 Franklin St. Swedesboro, NJ. Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 10 at Word of Truth Fellowship, visitation from 10am-11 am, service at 11 am. Interment at Manahath Cemetery Glassboro, NJ