South San Francisco, CA April 8, 2016
In 1927 on December 10, Ranny Rinaldo Raquel was born into this world and he left us quietly on April 3, 2016. How can you adequately summarize 88 years of a life in a few paragraphs? There is a lifetime of people and experiences … some are cherished memories, some have been forgotten and some are now lost to us.
He met his future wife, Sylvia Tardito, through his best friend, Alfred Cerro. In 1956 he made Sylvia his wife and they settled in her hometown, South San Francisco. They greeted their first born, a son, Ronald, in 1962. Their second child, daughter Julie, was born in 1966.
Despite the long hours he worked in management at the United States Postal Service, he was a devoted father and husband and fiercely protective of his family.
Throughout the years, the small family grew, welcoming Ron’s wife, Lisa Zucconi, followed by their children Christina and Angelina. Soon afterwards, he gained a son-in-law when Julie married Alan Chimenti.
Life rolled along, a steady routine of unremarkable events that shape a normal, fulfilling life. Beloved family members and friends were lost over the years; each were mourned and their memories etched into our hearts, never to be forgotten.
Now we say goodbye to the man, who, as a child survived Japanese internment at Santo Tomas during WWII. A child who grew into a young man who persevered and proudly created a happy and secure life for himself and his family. A man who continually strove to improve his mind and expand his knowledge through books and formal education. A man who, behind his soft-spoken manner and quiet demeanor, had a quick wit and wicked sense of humor. A man who was able to spend his final years in the comfort and peace of his own home – thanks to Sylvia’s stubborn determination, the compassionate care of several caregivers as well as Dr. William Zigrang, Dr. Yun-Ying Shi and their staff. They never gave up on him and continued to treat and care for him with the respect and dignity he deserved.
We now mourn Ranny but are grateful for his loving memory etched into our hearts, never to be forgotten.
Friends and family may visit between 10 – 11 am Mon., Apr. 11th Garden Chapel, 885 El Camino Real, So.SF., where a funeral service will be held at 11am. Committal to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma.