Ralph (Raffaele) Marano of Maplewood passed away surrounded by family on August 22, 2018. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday from 3-7PM at The Jacob Holle Funeral Home, 2122 Millburn Ave., Maplewood. A funeral Mass will be at St. Joseph’s Church, 767 Prospect Street, Maplewood, on Monday, August 27th at 10AM. Entombment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the AV Hero Fund, avherofund.org would be appreciated. For more information or to send condolences please visit jacobhollefuneralhome.com
Ralph was born in Pratola Serra, Italy and moved to Maplewood when he was 26 where he has lived since. He worked as a Foreman for NJ American Water Company (formerly Commonwealth Water Co.)in Short Hills from 1955-1991. In addition, he also owned and operated his own Landscaping Company for 30 years until he retired at the age of 86. Ralph loved to garden in his free time, it was his passion. He took pride in his abundant fruit trees and vegetables that he grew in his back yard. He had a love for gardening and every summer his family enjoyed the many “ fruits” of his labor.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Rossana (Palombo) , his devoted children, Lucia (Bernard) Barone, Joann Cuccolo, Anne (Richard) DeSalvo, Mary Vayas and Lisa (Joseph) Scaff. He is also survived by 14 Grandchildren and 10 great Grandchildren as well as many