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Westlake, Ohio

Age 82


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Ripepi Funeral Home Obituary

JOSEPH F. RIFICI, Age 82; Beloved husband of Rose (nee Sabo) for 60 years. Loving father of Frances Rifici Ratka, Joseph M. (Bethany), and Louis (Gwen). Dearest Grandfather of Joseph C. (Ali), Beth Scheiderer, Stephanie Lynn, Danielle Marie, Jeana Mahramus, (Anthony), Amy Ratka, and Jonathan....

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Stephanie, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your grandfather. He had such a kind and smiley face. You and your family are in my prayers. Sincerely,
Jane Thorkelson

So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

My Deepest Sympathy Rose

SO sorry for you loss, Rose & Family. Just heard about his passing this evening, or we would have attended to express our sincere condolences.Always like talking to Joey.

I had the pleasure of working with Joe at Hertz for about 8 years. In all that time,I never saw him in a bad mood. He was extremely proud of his children and bragged about them frequently. His sense of humor was one of a kind. He was an all around great guy and will be missed.

I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you Rose and your family. He was a great friend and next door neighbor to our family. I remember coming over to your house, watching your grand kids. He will truly be missed. I will keep all of you in my prayers and thoughts.
Love always,Lori, Jason, Kyle, Michael, Nerissa and Olivia Bill

Uncle Joe was our rock. No matter how he was feeling he always made it better for us. His laughter, support and his love have left this family blessed. We also truly loved his "fake Italian" speaking - they are having a good time in heaven right now!

Rose and Family, Our deepest condolences are with you. Joe was not only our neighbor, but a great friend and mentor to my family and I. We talked many times on politics and the Indians hope for a good season. May your memories give you comfort during this difficult time. Dan Sexton and family.

Joe was a wonderful man who loved life and loved his family. We enjoyed his stories and jokes and especially loved to see how much he savored his cigars. We feel enriched by knowing him these 33 years. We send our love to Rose who was always his special girl. With sadness, Jim and Dee Garrettson