Emilio Ranalli

August 24 1925 - January 26 2024

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John Quint Treboni Funeral Home
Monday February 5th 2024 10 am - 12 noon

1177 W. 5th Avenue
Columbus Ohio 43212

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Services:

Celebration of Life
Monday February 5th 2024 at 12:00 pm

John Quint Treboni Funeral Home
1177 W. 5th Avenue
Columbus , Ohio 43212

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Obituary

Emilio "Mel" Joseph Ranalli, age 98 was born on August 24, 1925 and passed away on Friday January 26, 2024. Mel was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Marianna Ranalli who passed away on February 28, 2022. He is survived by his children, Chris (Patty), Roxanne (Randy) Sprouse, and Mark (Tricia); 5 grandchildren and their spouses, 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Angie Griggs; sister-in-law, Fran Ranalli and many other loving family members and friends. Mel was a proud WWII Army Veteran. He owned and operated Johnny's Pizza at 1336 Parsons Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43206 for 47 years. A visitation will be held on Monday February 5, 2024 from 10am - 12 noon at the John Quint Treboni Funeral Home, 1177 W 5th Ave Columbus, Ohio 43212 followed by a Celebration of Life Service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, Honor Flight Columbus, or Tunnel to Tower. To leave a condolence visit www.johnquint.com


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Condolences for Emilio Ranalli


From : Ivan Reiber
To : Family
Date: January 27th 2024

So sorry for your loss. May the good Lord be with and watch over the entire Ranalli family during these trying times. He will be remembered by many and forgotten by few !!! God Bless !!!
From : Gerri Rini
To : The ranalli family
Date: January 27th 2024

He truly brought light to others with his winsome ways and always a smile on his face.
From : Connie Byers
To : Ranalli Family
Date: January 27th 2024

Yesterday morning, with heavy hearts we lost a very special man…My Uncle Emilio “Mel” Ranalli. At age 98, he is at peace and once again with the love of his life, Aunt Marianna. From our first phone conversation in 1993 to our last few visits, Uncle Mel welcomed me into my Italian family. Together with Aunt Marianna, they both provided love, nurturing and introductions to a family I didn’t even know I had…including my birth father, Johnny Ranalli.
As our years together grew, so did our bond. He taught me so much about my Italian Family, my paternal grandparents…his constant and undying love for family. He demonstrated a work ethic exemplified by his decades of ownership of Johnny’s Pizza on Parsons Avenue in Columbus along with his love of the Southside neighborhood. His passion for his Italian heritage with membership in local Italian organizations, the Columbus Italian Festival, Church, The Ohio State Buckeyes and humanitarian contributions will be long remembered by many.
Uncle Mel was a proud US Army Veteran, serving in WWII. I loved hearing him speak of his time served along with his steadfast love and support of our country and military forces. Wearing his Vet Cap and shirt were a staple in his wardrobe!
So many beautiful moments you shared with us…our laughs, our tears…your father like presence in my life. When you met my Daddy Eugene…I knew from that point on I had been blessed with another “Eugene” in my life. Daddy always told me how happy he was for me to have Uncle Mel and my extended family. Eugene was right!
Words seem insufficient to share the impact Uncle Mel had in my life. So many moments and more will remind us of the great man you were.
Rest in Eternal Peace Uncle Mel…and may comfort and peace be with my family and friends who grieve.
From : Karine Roussarie
To : The Ranalli family
Date: January 27th 2024

I'm sorry for your loss, a new star has joined the sky. Tender thoughts for all of you in France
From : Dave
To : The Ranalli Family
Date: January 27th 2024

May God bless you and watch over you in the time of mourning. I will miss you dear friend, thank you for your service and RIP.
From : Marilyn Young
To : Family
Date: January 28th 2024

Sending my deepest condolences! This is such sad news..sending my love.
From : Deanna and Bob Queen
To : The Ranalli family
Date: January 29th 2024

Your entire family will be in our prayers, rest and comfort from our family to yours.
From : Donna Fortner
To : Family
Date: January 29th 2024

It is with great sadness I express my condolences for a friend of over 70 years. Mel was truly a kind and loving person. His devotion to his Beloved wife (Marianna) and family were something to behold. He was a true friend to all who knew him. Rest in Peace in your Eternal Home.
From : Cora Putnam
To : Renali family
Date: January 29th 2024

Mel was a terrific neighbor and friend I loved sitting with him and Marianna on their front porch chatting and passing a few minutes with them. Always kind and smiling. Loved them both. I am so so sorry for your loss. Cora and Chris
From : Robert and Shirley Davis
To : The Renalli Family
Date: January 29th 2024

We want to express our deepest sympathy. We will miss your father and our dear friend. We cannot believe we have been friends and neighbors for 30 years. We will miss sitting on their front porch with family and friends telling stories, watching the grass grow, complaining about the dandelions and laughing at Terry as he comes home from a (hard) days work. We will always miss Mel and Marianna, but we will take comfort in knowing the two of them are together again.
From : John Hougland
To : Mels family
Date: January 29th 2024

Wish I had known Mel longer. Truly enjoyed saying "hi" to him on Sunday mornings
From : Kenny Ball
To : The Ranalli family
Date: January 30th 2024

Deepest condolences to the family. Another great hero gone to heaven. I’ll always remember seeing Mel in the front window of Johnny’s mixing pizza dough when I was walking to school back in the 80s. Mel was role model Southender who will be remembered forever.
From : Sid and Elaine
To : Ranalli Family
Date: January 31st 2024

Even though we’re unable to attend the service for Mel, we want you all to know we love you and you’re in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
From : Tim Rathburn
To : Family
Date: February 2nd 2024

I remember going to Johnny's pizza often as a kid then as an adult any chance I got. Mel was a great guy, he would sell my mother who was also Italian sub buns knowing full well she was making her own subs not buying from him. When I called to order he said Johnny's I started the order and he said "Rathburn"! I miss his pizza. I remember his El Comino too. I will kee your family in my prayers, may he rest in peace.
From : Patti Burns Lowe
To : Mel Ranalli
Date: February 2nd 2024

Remembering the “place to be” Friday nights in the 50s and60s after South High ballgames…”The Johnny’s Pizza! RIP
From : Dave and Annette Pagura
To : Chris Roxanne and Mark
Date: February 5th 2024

We are traveling and not home, but saw the obituary. So sorry for your loss. Still remember trips to Johnny’s with dad, remodeling and having the best pizza ever. Your dad was such a gentleman. Whenever conversation turned salty, he’d stop it and make people notice there was a young boy there. Very classy and dapper guy. Keeping you in prayer.
From : Lisa and Geoff Wayland
To : The Family of Uncle Mel
Date: February 6th 2024

Our deepest sympathy and our prayers are with you all. Uncle Mel was so kind and always welcoming. What’s wonderful blessed life he lived.
From : Lisa and Geoff Wayland
To : The Family of Uncle Mel
Date: February 6th 2024

Our deepest sympathy and our prayers are with you all. Uncle Mel was so kind and always welcoming. What a wonderful blessed life he lived.
From : Dave Hawk
To : Ranalli Family
Date: February 20th 2024

My deepest sympathy. I have fond memories of Mel and Johnnies Pizza growing up in the South end. I still miss his pizza!