Raphael D. ‘Ralph’ Niccolai, 85, of Belle Vernon, Washington Twp., passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Mon Valley Hospital. Born November 13, 1935 in Belle Vernon, he was the son of the late Gino and Fabiola Sylvester Niccolai. A lifelong resident of Belle Vernon, Mr. Niccolai was a member of St. Sebastian R.C. Church and was Vice President and Controller of Wetterau Food Distribution. Ralph was a member of the
Belle Vernon Fire Department and the Washington Twp. Volunteer Fire Department where he served as past recording secretary, served as a trustee for the Fox Education Foundation, was a member of the Washington Twp. Planning Committee and was instrumental in securing grants to build the Center on the Hill and later served on its Board of Directors and its Treasurer. Ralph also enjoyed playing cards at the Center on the Hill, was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, played on several area golf leagues, vacationed with family and friends at Myrtle Beach, enjoyed traveling with the love of his life, Marcella and most of all enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Marcella Tomalski Niccolai to whom he was married 58 years; three children Monica Niccolai & Melanie of Rehoboth Beach, DE, Ralph Nicolai of New Bethlehem, PA, Susan (Paul) Mastovich of Johnstown; five grandchildren Ashley (Christian) Vaccaro, Ryan Niccolai, Nicholas Mastovich, Noah Mastovich, Rachel Niccolai; a great granddaughter Emma Lynn Vaccaro; brother & sister in law Harry & Bonnie Niccolai of Monessen; sisters in law Dorothy Ramsier, Marie Tonarelli, Annette (Sam) Suppa and a brother in law Tom & Debbie Tomalski and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by three sisters Kathleen McCullough, Joann Vizza and Jean Boyce.
Family visitation was held at the Parzynski Funeral Home & Cremations LLC, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon 724-929-6183. Funeral mass was celebrated Tuesday at St. Sebastian R.C. Church with the Rev. Joel Bocco as celebrant. Interment followed in Belle Vernon Cemetery. The family would wish to extend a special you to Ralph's caregiver for the past several years, Cindy.
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