REA, Ralph M., M.D., of Steubenville, Ohio, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at the home of his son in Colorado.
He was born in Isola del Liri, Italy a son of the late Dr. Francesco and Annunziata Migliori Rea.
He served the Ohio Valley community for over 45 years as a family doctor.
Originally, Dr. Rea moved to New York from his hometown and worked there before relocating to Ohio. He held various positions at the former St. John Hospital including Chief of Staff over the years.
He was a member of Triumph of the Cross Catholic Church (Holy Rosary), Knights of Columbus and various medical associations.
Dr. Rea never forgot his mother country and supported the Italian citizens during various tragic events affecting that country and was bestowed the title Cavaliere Della Republica Italiana.
Preceding Dr. Rea in death were his parents and two brothers, William Rea and Dr. Gino Rea.
Dr. Rea is survived by his wife, Palma Auriti Rea; son, Dr. Franco Rea of Denver; daughters, Marina Rea of Pasadena, CA and Pia Camacho of Orlando, FL; granddaughter, Nicole Camacho of Orlando; sister-in-law, Maria Marsella Rea; niece, Paola Bergamaschi; and nephew, Dr. Gianluigi Bergamaschi all of Rome, Italy; as well as cousins in Chicago, IL and Pembroke Pines, FL.
There will be no visitation.
Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Liturgy with Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Entombment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Alzheimers Association or American Diabetes Association.
Offer condolences at www.shorac.com.