January 18, 1925 ~ April 16, 2008
Greece: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at age 83 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Lawson. Survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Shirley (Sanders) Van Branteghem; loving daughters, Susan (Larry) Ansel of Michigan, Linda (Dan) Dailey of Texas, Karen (Sam) Palermo, Debra (Mike) Dear; sister, Agnes (Ed) Ackley; grandchildren, Christopher & Katie Ansel, Sean & Jenna Dailey, Sam Palermo, Jr., Kari & Geoffrey Dear, Rosgene (Frank) Bodnar, Paul Palermo, Leah Palermo (Lance Zammit); several nieces and nephews. Ferd was very active in many military organizations, including past Secretary, Treasurer and State President of MOAA, Co-chair of the Veterans Memorial Committee and past Commander of the M&E Council. Friends may call Monday 3-7 PM at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday 11:00 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Interlakes Hematology & Oncology or the Unity Health Foundation in his memory.