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Sabrina Louise Ferrara

July 17, 1992September 29, 2019
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It is with deep sadness that John and Connie Ferrara along with their son J.T. mourn the passing, on September 29, 2019, of their daughter and sister Sabrina Louise Ferrara of River Vale, New Jersey, born on July 17, 1992. Sabrina was a beautiful young lady who was deeply loved by her family, friends and anyone she met. Sabrina had a wonderful smile that would light up a room. She was creative, artistic and displayed an unrelenting enthusiasm for any endeavor she set her mind to. Sabrina earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Italian Language Studies from Stonehill College in Massachusetts in 2014. It was through this course of study that she found her love for butterflies, which she pursued in many ways and which took her to places as far away as the Smithsonian Butterfly Research Center in Panama. Please think of her whenever you see a butterfly go by. Sabrina loved to travel, and after college she backpacked throughout Europe for five months visiting family and exploring new places. She also loved animals, especially dogs, and spent many weekends playing with the rescue dogs at local animal shelters. Over the years, she developed a passion for running and competing in road races, especially the Spartan Championship Series where she was an accomplished racer. Sabrina worked at the Ridgewood Public Library, where she contributed significantly to the summer reading program for kids and to STEM education programs. Sabrina was loved deeply by her grandparents Thomas and Nina Ferrara, Maria Giambona and her late husband Vincent. As well as by her aunts and uncles, Carolyn, Loretta, Joanie, Joann, Ro and Rich, Angelo, Nate and Maria, Carmela, Vinny and Kristi, Joanne, Michael and Debbie, and Johnny. Plus her many cousins Andre and Jackie, Nicole and Jay, Tasia, Vincent, Luke, Rachel, Jake, Ava, Ella, Gwendolyn, Emma, Olivia, Michael, Madison, Abby, and Evan, along with many other extended family members and friends. She will be sorely missed. For those who knew Sabrina, please celebrate the many happy and special moments you shared with her. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program at www.yellowribbon.org or Bonnies Animal Rescue Kingdom (B.A.R.K.) in Paramus, NJ.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, October 3, 2019

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, October 3, 2019

Memories

Sabrina Louise Ferrara

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Julian -

November 4, 2020

Seven years ago, I met Sabrina in the street while we were both trying to get as close as we could to a Backstreet Boys concert along Storrow Drive in Boston. We happened to be standing near each other trying to see over something, and we ended up talking and we hit it off immediately. She seemed like a really kind and friendly person. She was also really cute.

I wanted to ask for her number, but instead we traded emails. I was teaching programming classes in Boston at the time, and she expressed a strong interest in coming and asked me to let her know when the schedule was finalized.

After that we corresponded by email a bit. Even through email she was funny and cheerful. I really liked her and kept hoping she would show up to my classes, but unfortunately the schedules never worked out for her and the location of her college made it prohibitively difficult for her to get there.

We never saw each other again, and it became a one-off memory of a cute, friendly girl I met in the street.

Tonight I was looking through my email for something else and stumbled upon our 7-year-old conversation, and out of curiosity I looked her up to see where she was now.

Finding this was a real gut punch. This is painful, and I only met her once, for a few minutes.

I am so sorry.

Marly Katz

September 26, 2020

Sabrina participated in an undergraduate research program in biology and spent a summer as a member of our lab. I know I speak for all of us there when I say how sorry we are to hear of her passing. I remember a kind person who smiled often, loved butterflies and animals in general.

There is one memory in particular I'd like to share. We went out to lunch to celebrate Sabrina's scientific accomplishments and selected Shake Shack (a tradition for our lab). There weren't any good vegetarian options, so Sabrina ended up eating a hot dog bun while the rest of us scarfed down burgers. We felt badly, especially since it was supposed to be *her* lunch, so we offered to take her someplace else. Sabrina smiled, politely refused and said "I'm just happy that all of us are together."

I think all of us who knew Sabrina are better for having met her.

Adam Herpolsheimer

September 2, 2020

Hi. I met Sabrina once on Halloween in Hoboken and she was an absolute delight. Needless to say, I did not know her well at all, but I want you all to know how much she changed me as a person just from that brief encounter. I am so sorry this happened. I am fairly inconsequential finding out a year later and with only a short amount of text interactions with Sabrina, but I am astoundingly touched just having gotten to spend that amount of time with her.

I am thinking of all of you, if only in the abstract.

Ellen Guggenheim

November 2, 2019

Sabrina's beautiful essence profoundly touched my life. While her physical presence is at peace, her kind spirit and dedication to improving lives through evidence-based research lives on.

Sabrina - thank you for inspiring me to carry on your torch of compassion, curiosity, adventure, resilience, and positive influence.

Forever in my thoughts and heart.

With love, admiration and support to the Ferrara family.

Ellen Guggenheim

Cassie Silletti

October 20, 2019

Connie.....
Omg so sad. May God give you and your family strength.
Your old PC 82’ Alum,
Cassie Silletti

Nancy Mancison

October 7, 2019

I am so saddened to hear of the loss of sweet Sabrina. I didn’t know Sabrina for a long time but felt like I knew her for years. She was a light of brightness at United TaeKwonDo and now learning more about her through the beautiful obituary I wish I knew she was suffering so I could have reached out and possibly helped.

I will pray for her and her family in this difficult time.

Caryn Coville

October 4, 2019

We are so sorry for your terrible loss. Our deepest sympathies.
Sincerely,
Caryn & Tim Coville

Steve Levine

October 4, 2019

John, Connie and JT....

There are no words that I can say to express my condolences on the loss of beautiful Sabrina.

I will always remember her simple smile.

Whether she was jogging past our house or stopping to say Hi, she always had a smile on her face.

That smile was the window to a kind, gentle soul. Heaven is a better place now that she is there.

The kindness she showed to our little girl Vivienne when we first moved onto Woodland CT will never be forgotten.

We will miss her.

May you find comfort in the memories of your wonderful daughter and sister.

Anything you guys need... we are there. Please just ask.

Steve (for the Levine family)

Mario Gonzalez

October 4, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss.
My thoughts are with you and your family
Marion and Glenn laga

John Ferrara

October 4, 2019

PART VI - J.T. to Sabrina eulogy

You were RELENTLESS. Remember when we argued for a whole hour over the meaning of that one word? To me, it was an angry word, one that meant you would take any path to personal gains. To you it was something different. It was a commitment to never backing down. It was the pursuit of excellence in any and every endeavor, a promise to fight your hardest, always and in every way. For every single inch. Because “life is just a game of inches and the inches we need are everywhere around us.” You fought so hard. Through the pain you never stopped showing me your infinite love. I will never stop loving you. None of us will. We will “always consider the end to be too soon, even though in life, more than anything else, quality should be more important than quantity.”

You were my sista.

Love,
brotha

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