Ralph C. Tofanelli(1919 - 2013)

Ralph C. Tofanelli

Des Moines

Ralph, 93, passed away March 26, at Mercy Medical Center. His funeral will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, at Brooks South Town Chapel at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, at the chapel.

Ralph Carl Tofanelli, the son of David and Anna (Ballarina) Tofanelli, was born December 3, 1919 in Davenport, Iowa. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. Ralph worked as an air traffic controller for 38 years. He also worked for Advance Delivery and liked to umpire baseball games. Ralph enjoyed the outdoors and gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren. He also liked golfing and cheering for the Hawkeyes.

Ralph is remembered by his son, Mathew; daughter, Leanne (Jeffrey) Howard; grandchildren: Colby, Luke and Jake; his brother, Kenneth; his daughter-in- law Laura Gean; and his caretaker, George Deaton. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Rose; and his five brothers and sisters.


Funeral Home

Brooks Funeral Care-South Town Chapel - Des Moines
7601 Fleur Drive Des Moines, IA 50321
(515) 285-4600

Published in Des Moines Register from Mar. 29 to Mar. 31, 2013