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Ralph J. Mitchell

Chippewa Township – Ralph Joseph Mitchell, 97, formerly of Chippewa Twp., died Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at St. Barnabas-Beaver Meadows.

Born September 30, 1924, in Beaver Falls PA to the late Joseph and Francis Mitchell he was a past parishioner of St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church and presently of St. Monica Roman Catholic Parish, Chippewa Twp. He was the longtime owner of K&M Auto Electric located in Beaver Falls. But above all, he was a devoted husband, a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a Veteran, and at 18 years old served in the US Army in WW II, surviving the Battle of the Bulge, and earning a battlefield promotion.

His wife of 63 years, Carmella Theresa Mitchell, preceded him in death in 2012. Surviving are his three daughters and sons-in law and a son and daughter-in-law: Sherry (and Frederick) Arnold, White Twp., Patricia (and John) Mihalcin, Buckeye, AZ., Ralph (and Barbara) Mitchell, Patterson Twp., and Deborah (and Bill) Barley, Hudson, Ohio. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren: Christopher and Stephanie Arnold (Carmella and Charlotte), Allison Park PA; Matthew and Sarah Mihalcin (Jack, Lily, Kallie, Max), Front Royal VA; Michael and Jillian Mitchell (Tyler and Sophia) Oviedo FL; Mark Mitchell, Patterson Heights, Beaver Falls PA; Andrew Mihalcin and Bahar Noorbakhsh (Cyrus and Ava), Wexford PA; W. Mitchell and Megan Barley (Ellie and Leo), Hudson OH; Zachary and Karissa Barley (Reagan and Hunter), Hudson Ohio; and, Carmella Faithe Barley (and her finance Mathew Higgins), Newport, KY. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Mamie Mitchell, Kissimee Fl. He was preceded in death by his three brothers and sisters-in-laws, Sam and Lilian Mitchell, Tony and Rose Mitchell, John Mitchell; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Caroline Andino, Pete and Gilda Andino, Gene and Marge Lombardi, and Joe and Delphine Gidaro; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Thursday from 3pm to 7pm in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME, 117 Blackhawk Road, Chippewa Twp.,, where prayers will be offered Friday at 9:30 am followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 am at St. Monica Church, Chippewa, with Father John Naugle as celebrant.

Entombment will follow in the Beaver Falls Cemetery Mausoleum, Chippewa Twp., where members of the Beaver County Special Unit will perform full military honors.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank the staff of Beaver Meadows/St. Barnabas assisted living residence and St. Barnabas hospice teams for their, kindness, empathy, and care.

Posted online on December 29, 2021

Published in The Beaver County Times

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.