Ralph A. Merlini of Avondale

Ralph A. Merlini, 89, of Avondale, died Friday, July 5, at his residence. He was the husband of Alice Perna Merlini, with whom he shared 46 years of marriage.

Born in Wilmington, he was the son of the late William and Amelia Miorini Merlini.

Ralph was a station engineer for Amtrak in Wilmington, retiring in 1984 after 43 years of service.

He was a member of Assumption BVM Catholic Church in West Grove, and the William W. Fahey American Legion Post No. 491 in Kennett Square. He enjoyed listening to Jazz, bowling, playing baseball, golf and tennis, and dancing with his wife Alice.

Ralph served his country in the US Army during WW II. He was a member of the 203rd Engineer Combat Battalion, participating in the Normandy landing. He landed with the 6th Engineer Special Brigade.

In addition to his wife, Ralph is survived by two sons, William Merlini of Allentown, and Ralph A. Merlini, Jr. of Wilmington; one grandson, William Merlini, Jr.; a niece, Agnes M. Kennedy, who resided with Ralph and Alice, and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by one brother, Robert Merlini and one sister, Hilda Merlini.

You are invited to visit with Ralph’s family and friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, at the Assumption BVM Church, 300 State Road in West Grove.

His Funeral Mass will follow. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road in Bear.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com

Arrangements by the Cleveland & Grieco Funeral Home, Avondale.

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