Passed away unexpectedly while traveling in Scotland on June 28, 2013 with his loving companion, Kathleen Doyle, by his side. Devoted husband of 37 years of the late Constance (Moreda) Bettinelli. Cherished father of Kim Jones (Jeff), Roxanne Bettinelli, Dawn Bettinelli Sullivan all of Petaluma; Rochelle Beeson (Brian) of Potter Valley; and Egidio Bettinelli (Cindy) of Penngrove. Beloved grandfather of Casey Sullivan; Chance, Raylene and Blair Beeson; Rio Bettinelli; Jessie, Connie, and Jackie Jones. Dear step-grandfather of Joe, Jarred and Seth Goeken and step-great-grandfather of Jaecee, Jasper and Kayli Kim Goeken. Loving son of the late Egidio and Mary (Keechler) Bettinelli. Beloved brother of the late Eleanor Corda, Dorothy McDonald, and Stephen Bettinelli. Dear brother-in-law of Hilda Bettinelli, Merv McDonald, Betty Gallagher, Don Moreda (Linda), Bob Moreda, Duke Moreda, Joyce Leveroni (Dave), Antoinette Wheeler, and Larry Moreda (Denise), and the late Joe Corda, Gene Moreda, Larry Matson, Irene and George Frey, and Ray Gallagher. He is survived by his loving companion, Kathleen Doyle of Helena, MT, longtime friends Joe Vieira and Rigoverto (Isias) Contreras, and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends who will miss him dearly. Age: 75 years. A Member of: B.P.O.Elks #901, Petaluma and past exalted ruler; a member of Rotary Club of Petaluma; Swiss Club; past president of Sonoma County Fair Board; Sonoma County Trailblazers; and Druids. Ralph was born in Petaluma and raised on the family dairy in east Petaluma, which he eventually bought and returned to live and work. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Ralph and Connie Bettinelli Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Exchange Bank, 2 E. Washington St., Petaluma, CA 94952 or your favorite organization. Friends and family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass, Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 125 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy., Petaluma. A Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, 850 Keokuk St., Petaluma with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at St. James Church. Entombment: Calvary Cemetery, Petaluma.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from July 10 to July 14, 2013