Rafaelle Zarrella

rafaelle zarrella

February 24, 1935 ~ August 26, 2019

Zarrella, Rafaelle, "Ralph", age 84, of Fort Lee, formerly of Union City, NJ, on Monday August 26, 2019. Born in Chianchetelle, Italy he immigrated to the United States in the 1950's. He was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Army. He was an extremely talented master carpenter and was the owner of Ralph's Home Improvements of Fort Lee. He was a Parishioner of St. Nicholas R.C. Church. Beloved husband of the late Josephine (nee: Szczepaniak). Devoted father of Leonard Zarrella and his wife Marie Ann, Rosemarie Polemeni and her husband David, Maureen Graniero, Lisa Karlich and her husband Anthony. Adored Peepa of Christian, Lenny, Alec, Jonathan, Isabella, Haley, Hunter, Aidan, and Madison. He was Co-founder of this Italian Charity: (with his Paisans), Banchetto Annuale, Degli Orundi di, Chianche e chianchetelle. The family will receive their friends on Wednesday 3-5 & 7-9 pm at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street "opposite the Fort Lee Library". The funeral will leave Thursday at 10:30 am for the celebration of his funeral mass in St. Nicholas R.C. Church at 11:00 AM. If so desired donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.


Funeral Service: August 29, 2019 11:00 am

St. Nicholas R.C. Church
442 E.Brinkerhoff Avenue
Palisades Park, NJ 07650

Visitation at Funeral Home: August 28, 2019 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation: August 28, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

Fairview Cemetery
500 Fairview Avenue
Fairview, NJ 07022

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  1. We are so sorry for your sad loss and we are sending all of our love and prayers.We love all of you!
    XOXO, Vinnie Jr., Kelly, Jackson and Aiden Riolo

  2. Ralph was like an uncle to me. Such a major presence in my young life. So blessed to have known this amazing family and so sad we now lost this Patriarch in the lives of his beautiful children and grandchildren. Happy to know he is at peace now and reunited with Josephine.

  3. Lenny,

    Our deepest sympathies for your loss. May God's grace love and mercy carry your family and you thru this difficult time.

    Thinking of you
    Marysol and Zahoor Badshah

  4. Zarrella Family,

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May God rest his soul. God Bless.

    Mike C and Family

  5. We offer our deepest condolences on the loss of your dad, and a great piasano to us. I always loved seeing him and hearing the wonderful memories and stories he told. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.

  6. My deepest sympathy on the loss of your father and grandfather. May your loving memories keep him in your hearts forever and bring you joy whenever you think of him.

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