Ralph R. Marotta AmsterdamRalph R. Marotta, 92, of Waite Rd., passed away suddenly Thursday evening at St. Mary's Hospital in the company of his loving family. Born in Amsterdam on March 14, 1921, the son of the late Anthony and Maria Angela St. John Marotta, he lived here his entire life. Ralph proudly served with the US Army in World War II in the Asiatic and Pacific Theater of Operations. He was awarded the Purple Heart as well as the Defense Service and Good Conduct Medals and was discharged with the rank of Medical Technician. He returned and continued his service for another 30 years at the Naval Supply Depot in Scotia. He was an active member of the community with the DAV Chapter 100, Southside Veterans Asso., 27th Division Asso., Knights of Columbus Council 209, St. Mary's and Mount Carmel Seniors and Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC parish. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Municipal Golf Course and looked forward each winter to spending time with his wife in Florida. Ralph was married to the former Dolores Dora DeFeo on May 8, 1949, and she passed away on July 3, 1995. On April 4, 2001, he was united in marriage to the former Phyllis Rinaldi. In addition to his beloved wife, he leaves his stepdaughters, Doreen A. (Wayne) Wnuk and Linda A. (Greg) Snell, all of Amsterdam, and Lucinda A. Padrick of Jupiter, FL; grandchildren, Brandy Taylor and Justin and Christopher Padrick; sister, Helen Perry of Texas; sisters-in-law, Agnes Marotta, Grace (Alfred) Palombi and Jennie (Carmen) Riccio, all of Amsterdam; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by 11 siblings. Services are Tuesday at 10 am at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Avenue, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, The Rev. Pascal A. Iannotti celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Mt. Carmel Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home office. Please visit his family's on-line guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Oct. 5, 2013