Ralph L. GianelliJanuary 10, 1927 ~ October 22, 2020 (age 93)
Ralph L. Gianelli, age 93, of Waterbury, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at his home, surrounded by the love and comfort of his family. He was the husband of Lorraine (Leone) Gianelli.
Ralph was born on Jan. 10, 1927, in Waterbury, CT, son of the late Stephano Gianelli and Olympia (Maturo) Gianelli, and was raised in Waterbury. At the age of 18, prior to his graduation from Leavenworth HS, and despite not knowing how to swim, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He fought in World War II and was later recalled to active duty during the Korean War.
After his military service, and despite a fear of heights and fire, he joined the Waterbury Fire Department. For 40 years he proudly dedicated his time by serving as a firefighter, obtaining the rank of lieutenant, and later promotion to captain.
Ralph enjoyed his morning gatherings at Dunkin’ Donuts, Monteiro’s, and Paba’s restaurants, where you’d find him telling his funny stories, loving to make people laugh. But, he was always happiest while spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandson, Mikey.
He was a longtime communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Waterbury, where he was an usher and a member of their Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the B.P.O.E., Lodge #265, and the Favale Generali Florio Italian-American War Veterans Post #8.
Besides his wife of 69 years, Lorraine, left to honor Ralph’s love and legacy, are his daughters, Lynne Zailckas and her husband Patrick, of Bristol, CT, and Donna Guerrera and her husband Michael, of Watertown, CT. Ralph and Lorraine were blessed with five grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and are expecting another great-grandchild in March, 2021. He also leaves a sister, Rose Moore, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Carmella Recchia.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, Oct. 26, at 10:00 a.m., at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 785 Highland Ave., Waterbury. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Colasanto Funeral Home, 932 Bank St., Waterbury. All those planning to attend are reminded to follow CDC recommendations for COVID-19 prevention by social distancing and wearing face masks. To leave online Condolences, please visit us at www.colasantofh.com.