Grazia Ragusa passes away at 78

DOWNEY - Grazia "Grace" Ragusa, a Downey resident since 1974, passed away at her home on March 28. She was 78.She was born in Tunisia, a small Italian village in North Africa, on Sept. 22, 1933. She and her husband, Calogero "Charlie", immigrated to the United States in 1961. Along with being a homemaker, she babysat for 24 years and was an avid member in the Downey Bocce Club. Viewing and rosary took place at Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary on March 30. Funeral service was the following day at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Father Joseph Magdaong celebrated the Mass. She was laid to rest at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach. Ragusa is survived by her husband of 57 years, Charlie; sons, Anthony (Christine) and Joseph (Elise); grandchildren, Melissa, Angela, Scott, Matthew and Katelyn; and many extended family members. Her daughter, Fransceca, preceded her in death.

********** Published: April 12, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 52