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Racine Horlick Alumni 1965

Ralph N. Ferraro | Teacher
RACINE - With his loving family by his side, Ralph N. Ferraro, 78, passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at his residence. Ralph was born in Racine December 2, 1931, son of the late Joseph E. and Carmela (nee: Schifano) Ferraro. Ralph was a graduate of William Horlick High School "Class of 1950." A superb athlete, he received a total of nine varsity letters in basketball, football, and golf. He was a member of the Wisconsin State Champion Golf Team. Following graduation, he proudly served in the United States Navy. On April 24, 1954, in Dyersburg, Tenn., he was united in marriage to Helen F. Ladd. Working diligently to put himself through college, he was employed as a Police Officer for three years. Furthering his education, he obtained his Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In 1990, Ralph retired from the Racine Unified School District after 26 years of service. He was a Teacher and sub-school Principal at William Horlick High School. Following retirement, he and his wife moved to Arizona until 2003, when they returned to Racine. Ralph was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, a member of Roma Lodge, and was an active member of the Lion's Club, where he served a term as President. He will be remembered fondly for his outstanding cooking, mastery of the grill, love for golf and sports, especially the Packers, and his passion for traveling. Above all, he will be best remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, who will be deeply missed. Survivors include his loving wife, Helen; his children, Rose (Terry) Meyers of Racine, Barbara (Jim) Edwards of Round Rock, Texas, Michael Ferraro of Phoenix, Ariz.; his six grandchildren, Nick, Katie, and Andrew Meyers, David, Matthew, and Benjamin Edwards; brothers, Louis (Patricia) Ferraro, Tony (Jeanne) Ferraro, all of Racine; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Charles Ladd, Betty Culver, Joann Ladd, all of Newbern, Tenn., Louise (Charles) Miller of Union City, Tenn.; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Frank (Mary) Ferraro. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, April 26, 2010, 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring Street, with Rev. William J. Dietzler officiating. Interment with full Military Honors will follow at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Published in Racine Journal Times on January 24, 2010.