Manginelli, Ralph Ralph Manginelli, 93, peacefully passed away on Friday, August 30th, 2013, at Hamden Healthcare in Hamden. He was born on February 5th, 1920, in New Haven, to John and Mary (Acabbo) Manginelli. Ralph grew up in New Haven, and lived in West Haven for 55-years before moving to East Haven, in 2005. He attended the New Haven YMCA Junior College (which became the University of New Haven) on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, where he received an Associates Degree in Business Administration. He joined the Army-Air Core in January, 1942, serving for a total of 4-years. He served in World War II in the Far East in the 677th Bombardment Squadron. In charge of flight communications on a B-29 bomber, his service included several missions over the Himalayas. He was honorably discharged in October, 1945, achieving the rank of Staff Sargent. After his service, he began to work as a tool & dye maker in New York for 4-years. After that, he opened his own investment casting foundry in West Haven, which he owned and operated for 57-years until he happily retired. Ralph holds three worldwide industrial patents related to the investment casting industry. He was a charter member of the National Investment Casting Institute. Ralph was also a long standing member of the Italian American Club in West Haven, where he served as secretary for several years. And he enjoyed writing and published several poems. Ralph married Angelina Portolese in 1946 in New Haven. They were happily married for 63-years. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, John & Mary Manginelli, his brother, Michael, and his sisters, Marion and Rose. Ralph is survived by his daughter Linda (John) Hayes of East Haven, and his son Bill Manginelli of Cromwell. Ralph was the proud grandfather of 5 grandchildren; Jennifer (John Jr.) Ranciato of North Haven, Richard McHugh, Jr. of Wallingford and Nicole Manginelli both of Wallingford, Kristen (Alexander) Zagryn of Cheshire, and Brianna Manginelli of Southington. Ralph is also survived by his beautiful great-grandchildren; Alex Ranciato, Olivia Ranciato and Christopher Kaya, Jr. And is also survived by his nieces and nephews; Richard Manginelli and Michael (Linda) Manginelli all of Milton, MA, Frank Carofano of Hobe Sound, FL, Rose Clark of Reseda, CA, and Charles Carofano of West Palm Beach, FL, and several other close relatives. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Robin Brammer and the medical staff, along with his devoted caregiver Alina Stefinuk. The hours for visitation will be held TUESDAY from 4-8pm at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. His funeral procession will leave the funeral home on Wednesday morning at 10:30 for a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Victory Church at 11am. Interment, with military honors, will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to
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Published in The New Haven Register on Sept. 1, 2013
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