BIG LAKE TOWNSHIP – Alfred Ranalli Sr. died peacefully June 21, 2010, with his wife of nearly 69 years at his side at home. He was born Sept. 7, 1919, in Philadelphia, to Vincenzo and Pasqualina (Lepore) Ranalli. Alfred grew up in Chatsworth, N.J., with his nine siblings. He enlisted and served one year in the U.S. Army and married Viola Mullen, daughter of Charles and Emily Mullen, on the same day he was honorably discharged, Sept. 19, 1941. Fred was later drafted and served in Italy during World War II. After returning home to Mount Holly, N.J., Fred and Vi raised their four children and started and operated several successful businesses. Fred retired in 1981, and it was at this time that he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Al loved people and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was known as a man of integrity, compassion and generosity. His willingness to take risks helped him live life to the fullest. His wide-ranging interests included aviation, motorcycling, hunting and fishing, especially in Maine, and traveling. Al and Vi settled in Big Lake Township – Dixie – in October 2001. He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Benjamin and Joseph Ranalli; and four sisters, Stella Ranalli, Rose Poinsett, Helen Dunfee and Anna Nixon. He is survived by his wife, Vi Ranalli of Big Lake Township; son, Alfred Ranalli Jr. and wife, Carol, of Montezuma, Ga.; daughter, Barbara Hogan and husband, Spurgeon, of Hillsborough, N.J.; daughter, Rosemary Meadows and husband, Timothy, of Columbus, N.J.; son, Mark Ranalli and wife, Wesla, of Big Lake Township; brother, William Ranalli and wife, Shirley, of St. James, Mo.; sisters, Gloria Leonard of Mount Laurel, N.J., and Joyce O’Hara and husband, James, of Mount Laurel, N.J.; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Aug. 1 at Princeton Rod and Gun Club. Later in August another service will take place in New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in his memory to a charity of one’s choice.
ALFRED RANALLI SR.
Posted June 23, 2010, at 7:09 p.m.