Ralph J. Galletta
of Leominster, WWll Vet; 90
LEOMINSTER -- Ralph J. Galletta, 90 years old, of Leominster, died Sunday morning, June 29, 2014, in the Lifecare Center of Leominster.
He was born June 20, 1924 in the Bronx, New York, the son of Joseph Galletta and Isabella (Genaro) Galletta. He leaves his sons, Stephen Galletta of Lunenburg, and Kenneth Galletta and his wife, Darleen of Fitchburg; his daughter, Lisa Galletta of Leominster; five grandchildren, Nicholas, Samuel, Ashley, Danielle and Kirstie, and a great-grandson, Connor; and many nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by his twin brother, Bartholomew, his brother, Michael, and twin sisters, Rose and Ramonda.
Ralph was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific as a member of the famed "P.T." Boats. He entered the service on December 22, 1942 and was honorably discharged on March 8, 1946 as a Torpedomans Mate Second Class. He received the Good Conduct Medal, American Theatre Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with two stars, Philippine Liberation Medal with two stars and the Victory Medal.
He was a member of St Leo's Church in Leominster, and was employed for over 37 years as a machinist at Foster Grant Co, where he was a member of its 25 Year Club. He also retired as Vice President of the Local 60 and had served in many other positions in his long and dedicated service of over 37 years.
He was an avid craftsman, and enjoyed fishing, gardening woodworking, painting and was an avid flea market vendor.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff on main wing at the Lifecare Center of Leominster for all the compassionate care given to their father.
GALLETTA -- Ralph's funeral will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West St., Leominster with a 10 am Mass in St Leo's Church, 128 Main St., Leominster. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Leo's Cemetery, Leominster. Calling hours are Tuesday evening July 1, 2014 are from
6 pm-8 pm. www.richardsonfuneralhome.net.
Silas F. Richardson & Son Inc
106 West St Leominster, MA 01453
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on June 30, 2014