Ralph J. Tuzzolino, age 73, resident of Orwell for the last 17 years, formerly of Rome, passed away Saturday at home. Ralph was born July 15, 1949 in Rome, NY the son of Carl and Antoinette Vacca Tuzzolino. Ralph graduated from Oriskany High School in 1967 and served in the United States Navy from 1968 to 1972 He was married to Cathie Yerdon Tuzzolino on October 3, 2003. He was employed by Rome Lab Corp before retiring in 2005. Ralph enjoyed hunting, camping and spending time with family and friends.
Surviving are his wife, Cathie of Orwell, three sons, Ralph Tuzzolino, Jr. (Michelle) of Floyd, NY, James (Anne) Tuzzolino of Warrenton, VA, and Sean (Samantha) Tuzzolino of Bristol, TN, daughter, Tina Smith (Larry) of Whitesboro, NY, stepson, Christopher (Kristi) Balcom of Lacona, stepdaughter Cheryl Hamilton of Carthage, 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, brother, Carl Tuzzolino, Jr. of Sylvan Beach, and two sisters, Carol Rasmussen of Rome and Donna LaPorte of Floyd. Ralph was predeceased by his parents and his infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth.
Funeral services will be held 12 p.m., on Friday, September 9th at Foster-Hax Funeral Home, 52 Park Street, Pulaski with burial in Redfield Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the funeral.
Donations in Ralph’s memory can be made to the Orwell Fire Department, 2000 County Route 2, Orwell, NY 13426.