In Remembrance of Alfonso D. "Moon" Raniella

Alfonso D.

Alfonso D. "Moon" Raniella

Dunmore, PA April 30, 1922 ~ January 14, 2013 Date of Service: January 17, 2013

Alfonso D. “Moon” Raniella, 90, Dunmore, died Monday morning in the V.N.A. Hospice at Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton. He and his wife the former Magdalen Bokun, would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this year.

Born in the Bunker Hill section of Dunmore, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Philomena DePaolo Raniella, he was a member of SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish and attended Dunmore public schools. Alfonso served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the European Theater of Operations as an infantry foot soldier from 1942-1944. After the war, he attended the G.I. School for Shoe Repairs; also he worked as a construction worker many years. He was a member of the Eternal Friendship Club in the Bunker Hill section and a Dunmore Constable during the 1960’s. He was a proud member of the American Legion Post #306 in Taylor.

Alfonso was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle who will be missed by his family and friends. He loved going for walks, playing cards, and most of all his cat, Tiger.

Also surviving are three daughters, Nancy Kollra, Scranton, Sharon Bruzas and her husband Robert, Dunmore, and Diane DelVecchio, Scranton, a son, Michael Raniella and his wife Betsy, Dunmore, ten grandchildren, Amy DelVecchio Hackenberg, Tina DelVecchio Jones, Michael DelVecchio, Erik Palmiter, Mary Kollra, Robert Bruzas Jr., Michele Bruzas Chapman, Melissa Raniella, Michael Raniella Jr., and Brian Raniella, twelve great grandchildren, Matthew and Emily Hackenberg, Julie and Lauren Jones, Dylan and Connor DelVecchio, Haley and Alexis Chapman, Kasey, Jake, Robert John Bruzas, and Luis Hernandez, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter Nicole Palmiter in 1999, three sisters, Antoinette LoRusso, Josephine Abbot, and Pauline Farkley, and seven brothers, Anthony Ranella, Frank Raniello, Vito Ranella, Frank Gillette, Anthony Gillette, and Joseph Gillette, and Rocco Raniella.

The funeral will be Thursday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30am in St. Rocco’s Church, Kurtz Street in Dunmore. Interment will follow with military honors in the Dunmore Cemetery.

Friends may call Wednesday from 5-8pm.

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Zelma Gillette
Posts: 4
I am sorry for your loss
Reply #1 on : Sat January 19, 2013, 20:41:04
Hello, My name is Zelma Gillette and my dad, Joseph Gillette was Uncle Moon's little brother. I had only met him once or twice as a little girl and then again maybe 20 years ago when I took a trip back to Scranton with my Uncle Rocco and Jenny. I have a very small family in California and wish I was closer to all of you to have known all my PA cousins. Looking at your dad's picture reminds me so much of my dad. There is such a strong resemblence...I just wanted to send my condolences and with you all peace and love to you and your families.


Zelma Baer