1917 - March 21, 2008
Ralph P. Razzano, a longtime Craig resident, died Friday, March 21, 2008, at The Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center following a lengthy illness. He was 90.
Razzano was born Nov. 2, 1917, in Watervliet, N.Y., to Simone and Rosaria (Pasqualle) Razzano. He was raised and attended school in New York.
Ralph attended Rensallier Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., before joining the U.S. Army where he served for eight years. While in the service, he was stationed at Camp Hale, near Leadville, and it was there that he met his future wife, Rose L. Baumli. They married March 17, 1944, in Colorado Springs.
Ralph continued his education at Blair Business School in Colorado Springs and later through correspondence courses, and he later passed the CPA exam.
Ralph and Rose moved to Craig in 1948, and Ralph worked as a bookkeeper for various businesses including Nelson Brothers Trucking and Craig Sales. He then opened his own CPA office. In 1972, Ralph was elected Moffat County Treasurer and served two terms.
He later was reappointed to that position to fill an unexpired term and served for another 2 1/2 years.
Ralph was active in the community through his membership in the Jaycee's, Elks Lodge, Lions Club, Catholic Youth Organization and Knights of Columbus where he served as treasurer for more than 50 years. He taught classes at the local college and was instrumental in raising funds for the new hospital years ago and the building of the local golf course.
Ralph enjoyed fly fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Rose L. Razzano, of Craig; sons Ronald (Mary) Razzano, of Hoffman Estates, Ill., Ralph Joseph Razzano, of Denver, and Robert (Stacy) Razzano, of Craig; grandchildren Scott and Jason Parker, Michael Parker and Lisa Razzano, Joseph and Jim Herrera and Christine Dingman; great Grandchildren Abby, John and Sam Parker, Madison Parker, Casey Cudo, Anthony and Janelle Heiden; sister Amelia Willsey, of Aurora, Ill., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents Simone and Rosaria, his brother Anthony, sister Eleanor, an infant brother and his daughters Rosemary and Christine.
Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at St. Michael Catholic Church with Fr. James Fox officiating.
Celeste Sanchez was the soloist and sang "Ave Maria" accompanied by organist Elaine DeuPree. Pallbearers were Walt Cisar, Fran Lux, Jake Garcia, Jim Dilldine and Howdy Davis. Interment followed in the Craig Cemetery.
Memorial Donations may be made to St. Michael Church in care of Grant Mortuary.