John Richard Ruggiero, 76, of Hilo, Hi, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Boston, he was a retired mailman for the U.S. Postal Service and served as a staff sergeant for the Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and American Legion. Survived by daughters, Nancy (Louis) Marsh and Suzanne Ruggiero, both of Hilo; son, John Ruggiero of Boston; sisters, Carolyn (Jim) Young and Cathy Ruggiero, both of Cape Cod, Mass.; brother, Robert (Gayle) Ruggiero of Wareham, Mass.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of life and full military burial will be in Hilo, Hi.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Sept. 7, 2013