Elsie F. Ranucci, 1931 - 2017

Elsie F. Ranucci, 85, of 104 Davis Avenue, Auburn, died Friday, January 13, 2017, at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Born in Lynbrook, NY, on June 27, 1931, she was the daughter of Henry and Ethel Ryder Roenbeck. Educated in Lynbrook and Malverne, NY, schools, she was a graduate of Malverne High School, Class of ‘49. She worked as a secretary in Mineola, NY, and then in 1952 she married the love of her life, Dominick J. Ranucci. Mr. Ranucci passed away September 26, 2016. Besides her step-daughter, she and Dominick had three daughters and three sons, and by 1966 she was back to work as a medical transcriptionist. In 1969, they bought a camp in Hartford, Maine, and enjoyed their summers in Maine so much that in 1976 they moved to Hodgdon, where they owned and operated Ranucci’s Market until 1983. That year they moved to Auburn, and she went to work in the business office of Central Maine Medical Center until her son Mike opened The Fishery Restaurant, where she worked for the next 17 years prior to her retirement. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and crocheting, made afghans for all of her children, and managed to complete an afghan for 18 of her 20 grandchildren before her passing. She had a life-long love of animals, especially her dogs and cats. She 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 five great-grandchildren. Besides her parents and her husband of 62 years, Dominick, she was predeceased by a son-in-law, Lou Ricciardelli, two brothers, Hank and Lloyd, and a sister, Ruth. 

Funeral Notice

RANUCCI, Elsie, 85, of Auburn, died in Auburn on January 13, 2017. 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 her memory to the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, 55 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240.

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