Dominick J. Ranucci, 1923 - 2016

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Dominick J. Ranucci, 93, formerly of 104 Davis Avenue in Auburn, and a resident of the Woodlands Memory Care Facility in Lewiston for the past year, died at the Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice in Auburn on Monday, September 26, 2016. Born in Harlem, NYC on September 12, 1923, he was the son of Italian immigrants Giuseppe and Irena Fiorello Ranucci. Educated in Harlem and Bronx schools, he worked for many years as a draftsman for the Duralab Corporation in Brooklyn, designing laboratory furniture and equipment. In 1948 he married Marie Abbattista and they had a daughter, Irene. Marie passed away young from leukemia, and in 1952 Dom married Elsie Roenbeck, of Lynbrook, Long Island, NY and they had three daughters and three sons. In 1969, they bought a camp in Hartford, Maine, and enjoyed their summers in Maine so much that in 1976 they moved to Hodgdon, and owned and operated Ranucci’s Market until 1983. That year they moved to Auburn, and Dom went to work as a draftsman for Modern Woodcrafts, and then as a realtor for Century 21 before retiring. Besides his technical drawings, he loved to paint watercolor seascapes, and had several showings of his work in towns across southern Maine. He also enjoyed listening to music, singing, telling jokes and socializing. At 81 years old, he visited his ancestral home of Naples, Italy, with two of his sons and a granddaughter. Besides his loving wife, Elsie of Auburn, he is survived by three sons, Michael and wife Karen of Auburn, Paul and wife Sonomi of Auburn, and Frank and wife Beth of Pickens, SC, four daughters, Irene Ranucci and husband Gary Gordon of San Jose, CA, Lenore Ricciardelli of Waterville, Diane Stanley of Farmingdale, and Mary and husband Phil Edwards of Lisbon, a former son-in-law, Cliff Stanley of Waterville, twenty grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Predeceased are three brothers, Frank, Mike and Louie, three sisters, Josie, Rosey, and Lucy, and his son-in-law Lou Ricciardelli, late husband of Lenore. 

Funeral Notice

RANUCCI, Dominick, 93, of Lewiston, formerly of Auburn, died in Auburn on September 26, 2016. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, from 9 - 11 AM, followed by a Celebration of Life and Prayer service in the funeral home at 11 AM. Interment, Gracelawn Memorial Park. Donations may be made in his memory to Alzheimer's Association of Maine, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. 

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