We want your news! Send us: News release |Letter to the Editor | Share a picture | Newborn | Birthday | Engagement | Wedding | Other Milestone
Today








Foster Funeral Home

Ralph Firenze

FULTON, NY – It is with great sorrow that the family of Rafael “Ralph” Pietro Firenze, 80, of Fulton announces his passing on Sunday April 14, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, after a long fight and courageous battle with heart disease.

He was born in Fulton on July 26, 1932, to Pietro and Mary (Ditoro) Firenze.

Ralph Firenze

Ralph Firenze

Ralph was a loving, honest, intelligent and humble man.

He made an impression on everyone he met with his kindness.

He was a graduate of Fulton High School and attended C.C.B.I. in Syracuse.

After completing his course work he joined the United States Air Force.

While in the Air Force, Ralph attended North Dakota School of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota, majoring in clerical services.

He was stationed abroad in Korea and Japan as well as several air bases across the states.

He especially enjoyed his time spent in Japan and Spokane, Washington.

Ralph served in the United States Air Force from October 1951 until his honorable discharge in January of 1958 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Ralph enjoyed gardening and woodworking, but more than anything, spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his loving daughter, Charlene and her husband, Brad, in 1979; and by his beloved granddaughter, Alison, in 1994.

Ralph had been a widower since 1998 when he lost his wife and the love of his life, Ruth, whom he married on September 10, 1949.

He was also predeceased by his brother, Paul; and sister, Josephine.

He is survived by his daughter, Dawn and her companion, Anthony; his son, Gary and his companion, Joan; two brothers, Louis (Bonnie) and Peter; two sisters, Carmella and Christine (Gary); his grandsons, Gary Lee (Maria), William (Cylest, Brianna), Kevin (Stacy) and Geoffrey (Ashley); his granddaughters, Christy (Joseph), Beth Rene (Robert) and Morgan Raye; his great-grandsons, Austin, Alex, Ethan, Saverio, Mason and Dante; his great-granddaughters, Giuliana, Kylee, Gabriella, Mackenzie, Giana and Alexandria; his nephew, Geno; his ex-daughter-in-law, Trudy; and many nieces, nephews and great friends.

For the past several weeks, Ralph had been living on the eighth floor of the VA Hospital in Syracuse, where he was staying in the Hospice wing of the Community Living Center.

Ralph was very fond of the employees at both the Syracuse and Oswego VA and had developed friendships with many of the staff there.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff for their competent and loving care.

We are forever grateful to you all, for taking care of our loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Ralph.

Calling hours for friends and family will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. on Friday at Holy Trinity Church, corner of Rochester and South Third streets, Fulton.

A luncheon for family and friends will be held at noon at Holy Trinity Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VA Community Center, 800 Irving Avenue, eighth floor, Syracuse, NY 13210.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.
www.fosterfuneralhome.com

Print This Post Print This Post

One thought on “Ralph Firenze

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Search Our Archives:

Pair Charged In Connection With Early Morning Robbery

The victim, a male in his mid 20s, reported that he was jumped by two men who beat him and then stole his phone and cash. Initial investigation revealed suspects whose vehicle was stopped by responding New York State Police unit. After further investigation and interviews, two men were arrested and charged in the robbery.

Continue reading


WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM FRIDAY

OSWEGO, JEFFERSON AND LEWIS COUNTIES – INCLUDING THE CITIES OF OSWEGO, WATERTOWN, LOWVILLE 445 PM EST THURS JAN 29 2015 WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST FRIDAY. LOCATIONS: OSWEGO, JEFFERSON AND LEWIS COUNTIES. GREATEST AMOUNTS EXPECTED … Continue reading


Oswego County To Participate In Statewide STOP-DWI Super Bowl Weekend Crackdown Enforcement Effort

Oswego County Stop-DWI Coordinator Robert Lighthall announced that Oswego County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on January 31 and will end on February 2.

Continue reading


Michaud ‘Goes Red’ In Support of American Heart Association Initiative

The Michaud Resident Council in now in the midst of a “Go Red” pin sale. Council members Roxanne Stuart and Barb Lyons have been selling the pins to help raise awareness about heart disease and strokes in women, with proceeds going to the American Heart Association.

Continue reading


Pink In The Rink At SUNY Oswego

This upcoming weekend (January 30-31), the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team will be promoting its “Pink in the Rink Weekend” as it takes on conference foe Buffalo State in a two-game home series. Friday’s puck drop will be at 7 p.m. while Saturday’s game will begin at 3 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on the team while sporting pink to support the fight against breast cancer.

Continue reading



v3_2014_64