Ralph R. Dantino, 56 died Monday, February 18, 2013 surrounded by his family following a courageous nearly four-year battle with cancer.
He was born September 8, 1956 in Chicago, the son of Michael and Serafina (Nasca) Dantino, and grew up in Franklin Park.
He was a graduate of Holy Cross High School in River Grove and spent his career in sales in the heating and ventilation industry and was a partner/owner of Kast Marketing.
A longtime resident of Geneva, he believed in giving back to the community 100%. He coached his children’s sports teams and was a board member of Tri-City Soccer Association. He and his wife, Nancy co-chaired the St Peter Catholic Church Barn Sale and were dedicated volunteers for that event for many years. He was a past member of the Geneva School Board and Geneva Plan Commission and currently was serving as alderman of the Fifth Ward to the Geneva City Council. He also volunteered at countless community, school and church events.
He loved life and believed in living it to the fullest. He enjoyed sports of all kinds and attending sporting events, particularly Chicago Bears games. Long after his own children had graduated, he was a fixture at Geneva High School football games, where he was an enthusiastic member of the “Chain Gang.” He also loved traveling, particularly vacationing with his family and being with friends.
First and foremost in his life, however, was his family. Whether it was coaching, working puzzles, sports, back-yard cookouts, short trips or long vacations, he loved spending time with his family and they loved being with him.
He is survived by his wife Nancy, whom he married on June 29, 1984; his children Tom (Marianna) of Carol Stream, Sara of Chicago, Russell of Chicago, Lindsey of Geneva and Drew of Geneva; grandchildren Nicolette, Gabriella and Salvatore; father Michael of Florida; brother Michael (Cathy) of Woodstock; sister Lisa (Ray) Kind of Round Lake; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and a host of friends who will all miss him dearly.
Ralph was preceded in death by his mother, Serafina.
Funeral prayers will be held at 9:30 am Friday, February 22, 2013 at Malone Funeral Home 324 East State Street (Route 38), Geneva proceeding to St Peter Catholic Church 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva for celebration of Mass at 10:30 am, Father Michael Chernetzki celebrant.
Burial will be private.
A visitation will be held Thursday, February 21 from 4:00-8:00 pm at the funeral home.
Memorials in lieu of flowers to Living Well Cancer Resource, 442 Williamsburg Avenue, Geneva 60134 would be appreciated.