Alfano, Raffarel J., Saginaw Township, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Saturday, January 2, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family. Age 85 years. Son of the late Nicholas and Amelia (Raso) Alfano, Raffarel was born July 18, 1924 in Saginaw, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Raffarel married Catherine Ventiniglia his loving wife of 65 years on May 22, 1944. She survives him. Raffarel was employed as a journeyman meat cutter for Kroger Co. for 35 years retiring in 1984. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and Sons of Italy. Raffarel enjoyed his church, family, gardening and cooking.  Surviving besides his wife Catherine are three daughters, one son and their spouses, Amelia and Christian Reer, Nicholas and Nancy Alfano, Lucia and Thomas Woods, Kimberly and Michael Restifo, all of Saginaw; 11 grandchildren, Marc (Jill) Rummler, Natalie (Phil) Martin, Mark Greer, Lindsay (Paul) Rebholz, Anthony (Jennifer) Alfano, Matthew Alfano, Nicholas Alfano, David Alfano, Erica (Lucas) Elsie, Aaron Briedenbach, Michael Restifo II; eight great-grandchildren and two angels on the way; his sister, Lucruzia Miller; many nieces and nephews. Raffarel was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.  A special thank you to Tammy Gaertner and the nurses and aids of Heartland Hospice for the love and care they had provided.  Funeral Liturgy will take place 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Entombment will take place in Mt. Olivet Mausoleum. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Tuesday from 2:00  p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. A Vigil Service will take place 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church or the East Side Soup Kitchen.