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Ralph A. Capristo

December 15, 2018

U.S. Veteran


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Ralph A. Capristo

December 15, 2018


Ralph A. Capristo, 92, of Hanover Township, passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2018, in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township.


He was born in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Nicholas and Teresa Ferresse Capristo.  Ralph was a graduate of G.A.R. Memorial High School, class of 1943.  He was an Army Veteran serving under General George Patton in the 3rd Armored Division during World War II.


Ralph was formerly employed at Planters Peanuts and as a graphic arts director at the International Printing Company in Hazleton.  For many years he owned and operated Capristo Studios in Wilkes-Barre, where he was well known for the countless weddings and events that he photographed.


He was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Wilkes-Barre.  Prior to its closure he had been a member of Holy Rosary Church in Wilkes-Barre.  Ralph was a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Haffey Assembly and the Wilkes-Barre Council 302. He was also a co-founder of the Italian Americans War Veterans Association and a 50 year member of the Wilkes-Barre Chapter of UNICO.


Ralph was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  His grandchildren loved their ‘Pop’.


He was preceded in death by his brothers, Al Carpist and Michael and Angelo Capristo and by his sisters, Josephine Tremilozzi and Jean Cantor.


Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Ann Marie Petruzzini Capristo; children, Dena Nackley and her companion, Joseph Vnuk, Dallas, Ralph Capristo and his wife, Kathy, Henderson, Nevada and Gerry Capristo and his wife, Karen, Ashley; grandchildren, Kristen Cogan and her husband, Kevin, Nicole Kerr and her husband, Justin, John Nackley and his wife, Marya, Ralph Capristo and his wife, Allison, Anthony Capristo and Amy Augustine and her husband, Keith; great grandchildren, Sean, Ryan, Brady and Aidan Cogan, Mackenzie, Andrew and Colin Kerr, Nolan and Kendall Nackley; sister, Maire Dunkle and her husband, Harry, Silver Springs, MD; nieces and nephews.


Ralph’s family would like to extend a thank you to the entire staff of the VA Medical Center, especially Dr. Vino and his nurses and aides for the compassionate and devoted care that they provided.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at 10 am in St. Robert Bellarmine Parish at St. Aloysius Church, Barney and Division Streets, Wilkes-Barre.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township, with a luncheon to follow at the Genetti Hotel and Convention Center in Wilkes-Barre.


Friends may call at the Church on Thursday from 9 – 10 am.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the VA Medical Center (Community Living Center), 1111 East End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA  18711.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Ralph’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre.