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home : obituaries : local obituaries November 18, 2017


11/2/2017 8:01:00 AM
Helen Roraus Ferro
Jan. 1, 1930 - Sept. 9, 2017

Helen Roraus Ferro, age 87, of Carmel, IN and formerly of San Jose, Calif., passed away peacefully on Sept. 9, 2017.

She was born Jan. 1, 1930, at Slayton, Minn., to Herman and Marie (DeBode) Zitting.

She was a 1948 graduate of Inwood High School at Inwood, Iowa. She received her cosmetology certifiication from Samuels School of Beauty Culture, Sioux City, Iowa in 1949.

She married her high school sweetheart, Allan O. Roraus in 1950 and spent most of her life in San Jose, Calif. She later married Donald H. Ferro in 1975. He preceded her in death in 1991.

She enjoyed making others beautiful as a talented beautician at Santi's Salon in Willow Glen, Calif., for 55 years, owning the Salon for the last 33 years. Her customers became great friends and her co-workers became her second family. After retiring at the age of 84 and moving to Indiana, she enjoyed spending time with her family, crocheting, reading and volunteering at the Merciful H.E.L.P. Center at Carmel.

Survivors include her two sons, Gary A. (Valerie) Roraus, of Indianapolis, and Steven E. Roraus, of San Jose, Calif.; daughter, Tamara M. (Larry) Kaufman, of Carmel; sister, Ruth (Cork) Robinson of Henderson Nev.; sister-in-law, Kalene Zitting of San Jose, Calif.; grandchildren, Carissa M. (Scott) McCurdy, Jordan A. (Hunter) Roraus, Chelsea M. Kaufman, Matthew J. Kaufman, Adam R. Kaufman, Jessica (Kevin Paulsen) Suess, Kiely M. (Richard) Wollbrinck, and great-grandchildren: Ava, Brooklyn, Lily and Sawyer McCurdy.

In addition to her husband and her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Zitting, and granddaughter, Adriana M. Roraus.

Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Oak Hill Cemetery, San Jose, Calif.

Local arrangements were entrusted to Hartley Funeral Homes Cicero Chapel where you may send condolences at www.hartleyfuneralhomes.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Merciful H.E.L.P. Center, 1045 West 146th Street, Carmel, IN 46032.







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