St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens

701 W Virtue St, Chalmette, LA


Joseph S. Feraci Sr.

October 1, 1933September 2, 2019

Joseph S. Feraci, Sr., husband of Azilda Hotard for the past 27 years. Our Savior called him home one month shy of his 86th birthday. His children honored his wishes to be home in his final days and he died right where he wanted to be.

Beloved father of Sharlene (Gary) Ally, Julie, Sandy, and Joseph Jr. (Michelle) Feraci. Stepfather of Donald (Nancy), Curtis(Donna), Steve(Betsy) Hotard, Tricia(Steve) Munster and the late Neil Hotard. He was preceded in death by his adored wife, Shirley Martinez Feraci, and his siblings, Daniel, Salvador(Catherine), and Anna Feraci. His sister Frances (MiMe) Feraci, 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews survive him.

Joseph was born and raised in New Orleans and retired from Owen Illinois Glass Plant. He was the Co-Owner of Trademakers Sign Company. He brought joy to many people by passing along earrings he made by hand. Joseph often attended Bingo at the COA of Chalmette and going to the casino. He was a true Saints fan, loved to watch Cowboy movies, Wheel of Fortune, and Boxing. He enjoyed his garden and growing oranges and lemon trees. He loved to be outside on his patio watching the birds. His children and grand/great-grandchildren will have fond memories of their Paw-Paw being such a kind-hearted man who would often sneak them coins or dollars so they could buy extra treats or snowballs. Over the years, Joseph joked about taking St. Peter’s place at the Golden Gates and if we were not good, he would not let us into Heaven. His family believes he will be there waiting. He was beautifully cared for by Interim Hospice and we especially want to extend our sincere thanks to his nurse, Nikkie, his personal attendant Debra, and Dr. Pernenkil and staff.

Services will be on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette, La. starting at 9:00 am. Mass will begin at 11:00 am. Immediately following burial at St. Roch Cemetery #2.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice in the name of Joseph S. Feraci, Sr.


  • Visitation Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, September 9, 2019


Joseph S. Feraci Sr.

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Darla Davis

September 9, 2019

What a sweet, kind man.
My Condolences go out to your Family & Ms. Azilda.
RIP Mr. Joe, we will miss you at the St. Bernard Council On Aging.

Megan Holmes

September 7, 2019

These last couple of months have been hard as we had to understand that your time here with us was coming to an end. We enjoyed every last second we had with you.
I'll miss your stories, biscuits, advice on how to cook, your whistling, hearing you say, "Oh My God" with the highly anticipated eye roll and head shack to follow. Your infectious deep laugh and sometimes inappropriate jokes!! The teasing about my giant feet and the never ending story of how I was so strong I picked up the car jack with one hand!! That time you walked in on me singing Bon Jovi into a mic as loud as I could!! I have never been so embarrassed!! But you handled it like a pro, by laughing and walking right back out the door!
I've got to enjoy watching you love your great-grand children the same you cared for me. They would light up when they saw you and loved hiding the money you had slipped them in their pockets!! You truly are one of a kind. The Best! My Hand Twin! Love you Paw Paw!