Urelio Donald Ciccarelli
June 24, 1922-November 27, 2013
Our father Urelio, was born at the home ranch on Ciccarelli Road June 24, 1922. Dr. Gould called him a still birth until someone washing their hands shook the water off their hands in his direction as he lay on the kitchen counter and he started to cry. That was the first day of an amazing life for an amazing man.
Dad attended Salida Elementary and Modesto High School before entering the Army Air Corp Reserve with his older brother Richard. They were stationed at Eagle Field in Dos Palos. The brothers were both flight instructors teaching basic flight training and aerobatics to future fighter pilots. At that same time Dad married the love of his life, Earline Harray whose family had a dairy operation down the road. After being discharged, the brothers started their owned business, Ciccarelli Flying Service, teaching civilians to fly. Dad also moonlighted flying crop dusters until a forced crash landing convinced Earline that her husband needed a different profession. Dad then went to work at the Nestle Coffee Plant in Ripon bucking sacks of beans into the roasters. He later accepted a job offer from the Prune and Apricot Association, which led him later to Turlock Cooperative Growers as a fieldman. TCG would eventually merge with Tri-Valley Growers, where Dad would spend the rest of his career as it's Field Operations Manager. He retired from TVG to be with the second love of his life, his ranch on California Avenue in west Modesto. There, he and Earline would have many gatherings filled with great food, lots of wine and much laughter with family and friends. He lived for those gatherings.
Nothing was more important to Dad than his faith, his family and his friends. He was a true blessing to many people and he will be deeply missed by all.
Urelio is preceded in death by his wife Earline Lynice Ciccarelli, his parents Antonio and Assunta Ciccarelli and his son Richard Ciccarelli. He is also preceded in death by his sisters Lucy Spina and Mary Duke, and his brothers Leo, Anthony, John, Ernie and Nicolo.
Urelio is survived by his children Denise Haubrich (David) Modesto, Rev. Mr. Thomas Ciccarelli (Sherrill) Oakdale, Alida Lerno (Larry) Newman, and David Ciccarelli (Julie) Modesto, and his brothers Richard S and Rudolph V Ciccarelli. He is also survived by his 14 grandchildren as well as 20 great-grandchildren.
Franklin & Downs Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Ciccarelli Family. A visitation will be held on Monday, December 2, 2013 from 4-6 P.M. with a vigil at 6 P.M. at the old St. Stanislaus Catholic Church 709 J Street Modesto, CA. A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Tuesday December 3rd at 10:00 A.M. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church 1200 Maze Blvd Modesto. Interment is private. Memorial donations may be made to Sisters of the Cross, 1320 Maze Blvd, 95351, and Community Hospice 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.
Franklin & Downs Funeral Home
1050 McHenry Avenue Modesto, CA 95350
Published in the Modesto Bee from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2013