Ralph Vallone

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Ralph Vallone, 83-years young, passed away on October 26, 2012, after many months of extensive heart complications. Ralph was born on August 12, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois. Ralph is survived by his wife, Lottie Helen Kawalkiewicz Vallone, also of Lufkin, but who now resides in Spring, Texas; three daughters, Michele VanCleave of Spring, Texas, Gerra Copenhaver of Houston, Texas and Paula Bonicard of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren, Savannah VanCleave Prinz of Spring, Texas and her spouse Andrew; Bre'ana VanCleave of Spring, Texas; Rhett VanCleave of Spring, Texas; Brandon Bonicard of Carrollton, Texas and Adrienne Bonicard of The Colony, Texas; three great-grandsons, Andrew Prinz, Jr., Aiden Prinz and Brysyn Ruiz. Preceded in death by his father and mother, Joseph and Josephine Vallone of Chicago, Illinois and his brother, Anthony Vallone of Phoenix, Arizona. Ralph was a 1947 graduate of Chicago High School in Chicago, Illinois. Ralph proudly served his country in the U.S. Army (1951-1953) during the Korean War and was decorated with three Bronze Stars. After his discharge, Ralph went on to serve his family and civic duties in various towns throughout Texas before settling in Lufkin, Texas. There, he established himself as a devoted participant in his church, St. Patrick Catholic Church and School, the Lion's Club, the Lufkin Country Club and various other clubs and committees. Friends and relatives are invited to celebrate the Memorial Funeral Mass being held on November 30, 2012, at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 2118 Lowry Street, Lufkin, Texas. Father Francis O'Dowd will officiate at the Funeral Mass, which will be followed by a reception at the St. Patrick Catholic Church Faith Formation Building. Ralph was a donor to the Willed Body Program at University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas and upon completion of said program, will be interred at Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, 10567 Veteran's Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters at the Monastery of the Infant Jesus, 1501 Lotus Lane, Lufkin, Texas 75901, St. Patrick Catholic Church and School, 2118 Lowry Street, Lufkin, Texas 75901, , or a charity of your choosing.
Published in The Lufkin Daily News on Nov. 18, 2012
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