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Obituary: Donald M. Ferchak, Sr., 83

Mar 22, 2017 12:53PM ● By Theresa Gilman

Donald M. Ferchak, Sr.

DRACUT, MA- Donald M. Ferchak, Sr., 83, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, March 19, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Barbara J. (Kugler) Ferchak, with whom he celebrated 61 years of marriage.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 24, 1933, he was a son of the late Michael and Susanna (Chihunic) Ferchak. Upon graduating from Dormont High School in Pittsburgh, PA, he went on to proudly serve his country as a member of the United States Air Force during the Korean War until he was honorably discharged in 1956.

For over 31 years, Donald worked for the John Hancock Insurance Company, retiring as their Marketing Director.

In his spare time, Donald enjoyed traveling and dancing. He also was an accomplished artist. Donald cherished his time with his family, especially his grandsons and great-granddaughter. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived and will be deeply missed by his five children, Donald M. Ferchak, Jr., and his wife Susan of Dracut, Barbara F. Goad and her husband Michael of Hobe Sound, FL, Phyllis M. Hamel and her husband Paul of Dunstable, Laura A. Smith and her husband Keith of Bedford, MA, and Michael J. Ferchak and his wife Laurie of Pelham, NH; 11 grandsons, Adam, Marc and his wife Ashley, Michael, Matthew, Alexander, Steven, Jason, Ian, Cameron, Joseph, and James; a great-granddaughter, Summer; and a sister, Phyllis Biagetti; as well as his beloved nephew, Kurt Kugler and many other nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his loving son, Steven Ferchak, and his sister, Rosemarie Cahalan.

Donald's family would like to extend their thanks to the doctors and staff of Circle Home Health Hospice and Dana Farber Cancer Institute for their care and compassion during his time with them.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on THURSDAY, March 23rd from 4 to 8 p.m. at the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave., Dracut. His funeral will take place from the funeral home on FRIDAY, March 24th at 9:30 a.m., with his Funeral Mass directly following at 10:30 a.m. in St. Francis Church, Dracut. Burial will take place in the spring at Varnum Cemetery, Dracut. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans of Massachusetts; at To leave an online condolence, story or message, please find us on Facebook under "Dracut Funeral Home."
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