Obituary of Ralph Joseph Minella
Ralph Joseph Minella, age 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020. He was born August 8th, 1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Silvano and Dena (Panaro) Minella. He married Patricia Ann Sheets of Cincinnati in 1953 and relocated to Tucson, AZ in 1954 with their infant daughter Donna. After relocating, they welcomed the birth of their son Silvano and daughter Melinda. He worked as a metrology inspector at Hughes Aircraft for 35 years before retiring in 1990.
Ralph was preceded in death by his loving wife Patricia in April of 2012 after 59 years of marriage; and by his parents; and siblings Victor, Lawrence, Palma (Dattilo), Mary (Schiesz),Mathilda (Wegmann-Law), and Richard.
Ralph is survived by Donna Cavicchioni (Dan), Silvano, and Melinda Ribaudo (Michael), four grandchildren: Danielle Applegate (Jeff), Dawn Colucci (Jason), Andrea Fleener (Jesse) and Silvano Minella Jr. (Christina); and seven great-grandchildren: Skyler Minella, Madeline Applegate, Gabriel Fleener, Olivia Fleener, James Colucci, Caitlin Applegate and Jacob Colucci, and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
The Minella family would like to express gratitude to
Laurie and the staff of Sierra Del Sol Assisted Living and the staff of Harmony Hospice for the compassionate end-of-life care Ralph received.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ralph Minella, please visit Tribute Store