Saul “Tootie” De Ranieri entered the Heavenly gates on Monday, January 7, 2013.
Tootie was born November 17, 1938 in Galveston to Gino and Lena De Ranieri.
He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Diana De Ranieri, Madalena “Nana” Milligan, Marie “Tiny” Beall and Joseph “Little Joe” De Ranieri.
He leaves behind to cherish his memories the loves of his life, wife, Linda Ochoa De Ranieri; and children, Gino De Ranieri and wife Karla, Anthony De Ranieri and Melissa Hatton and Lena Marie Gonzales and husband Gerardo; grandchildren, Jennifer De Ranieri, Jonathan Henderson and wife Morgen, Alexandra Henderson, Dominick De Ranieri, Kaleb Hatton, Christian Mohler and great-grandson, Jude De Ranieri. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, Jerry Ochoa and wife Mary, Frank Ochoa, Robert Ochoa, and Phillip Ochoa and wife Debbie; sister-in-law, Nora Moreno and husband Manuel; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Tootie lived a long and wonderful life. He was known for his famous homemade Raviolis and his love for Lionel Trains. He enjoyed running his Trains for all to experience his joy. He would run his Trains for hours on end often keeping his family up to the early morning hours.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm, Thursday, January 10th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway, Galveston, Texas. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm, led by Deacon Henry Becker.
Funeral Mass will begin at 1:00 pm, Friday, January 11th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with burial following immediately at Old Catholic Cemetery, 40th and Avenue K, in Galveston.
Pallbearers will be Anthony De Ranieri, Dominick De Ranieri, Gerardo Gonzales, Kaleb Hatton, Jonathan Henderson, Christian Lusby, Michael Lusby and Christian Mohler. Honorary pallbearers will be all of Tootie’s Train Buddies.