Raffalo M. Ceravalo, 97

December 13, 2010

SEPT. 2, 1913-DEC. 13, 2010

Raffalo M. Ceravalo, 97, of Marlowe, W.Va., died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at Heartland of Martinsburg.

Born Sept. 2, 1913, in Fossato Ionico, Reggio Calbaria, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Frances Ponsari Nese.

Raffalo came to America when she was 8 years old.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Mrs. Ceravalo was an avid gardener, loved to cook, can and sew for her family and others. She also raised and sold strawberries and other plants.

She is survived by one son, Frank S. Ceravalo Sr. and wife, Diana, of Kearneysville; one daughter, Rose F. Straley and husband, Jim, of Falling Waters; daughter-in-law, Nancy Ceravalo of Keedysville, Md.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Rose and Jenny Daley, both of Hagerstown, Md.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Annunziata “Tony” Ceravalo; two sons, Joseph and Victor Ceravalo; two brothers, Frank and Leo Nese; and one sister, Mary Mussolino.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Monsignor Patrick Fryer celebrant. Interment prayers will be said in Pleasant View Memory Gardens.

Family will receive friends Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home.

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