Ralph Colangelo Sr.

Obituary of Ralph G. Colangelo Sr.

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Ralph G. Colangelo, Sr., 90, of Niagara Falls, NY went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 24, 2021. Born April 29, 1931, he was the son of the late Gregorio and Concettina (Restaino) Colangelo. Ralph was a lifelong resident of the City of Niagara Falls. He graduated from Trott Vocational High School in 1950 and was proud to be captain of the 1948 undefeated football team. Ralph was also an active member of ST. Raphael's R.C. Church. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 – 1954 aboard the ship USS Currituck and was proud to be a shellback. Ralph was gifted mechanically working as a Millwright for 40 years in Niagara Falls industry and retired in that field from the City of Niagara Falls Water Plant. During his earlier years he was known as a standout fast pitch softball catcher playing for several area teams. On May 26, 1956 he married his loving wife of 65 years Joan (Markel) Colangelo in St. Joseph's Church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Gregory (MaryAnn) Colangelo; Katherine (Brian) Gaffney, Sr., and Thomas (Georgina) Colangelo and daughter-in-law Vittoria (Vicky) Colangelo. He was predeceased by sons David Colangelo, Sr., and Ralph G. Colangelo, Jr. In addition, he is survived by six grandchildren, David (Heather) Colangelo, Jr., Dana Colangelo, Andrew G. Colangelo, Dominic (Elyse) Colangelo, Brain Gaffney, Jr., and Cole Gaffney; three great-grandchildren, Scott, David III, and Adrianna; and one great-great grandchild Sophia. Ralph was also predeceased by brothers Virgil (Teresa) Colangelo; and infant brother John Colangelo. In addition, he is survived by several nieces and nephews. Ralph was a devoted husband, father and papa. He will always be remembered for the countless family and holiday meals he lovingly prepared, his dependable nature, hard work ethic, selfless devotion to his wife and family, his love of the NY Yankees and Buffalo Bills and as a man who lived a good life according to his Christian faith. Friends may call Monday, September 27th from 3-7 PM at ZAJAC FUNERAL HOME INC., 319 24th Street, Niagara Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 28th at St. Raphael's R.C. Church, 3840 Macklem Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY with Rev. Ivan Skenderovic officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Burial with Military honors following in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY.
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3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, September 27, 2021
Zajac Funeral Home Inc.
319 24th Street
Niagara Falls, New York, United States

Mass of Christian

10:00 am
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
St. Raphael's R.C. Church
3840 Macklem Avenue
Niagara Falls, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

St. Joseph's Cemetery
3806 Pine Avenue
Niagara Falls, New York, United States
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