Ralph Sette

February 6, 1950May 12, 2012

On May 12, 2012, Ralph Joseph Sette of Woodstock, MD passed away at 62 after suffering a heart attack. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Marcia Pion Sette of Woodstock, MD; daughter Amy Sette Paulick and son-in-law Tom Paulick of Nottingham, MD; daughter Kristin Sette Agostoni and son-in-law Scott Agostoni of Marina del Rey, CA; son Brian Sette of Brooklyn, NY; three grandchildren, Sydney and Tommy Paulick and Ella Agostoni; his mother- and father-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Pion of Loretto, Pa., along with a large extended family. Ralph was a nearly 40-year employee with the Health Care Financing Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, for which he served as a Medicare Budget Director. He was an avid Ravens fan, enjoyed eating out and exercising and was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

A viewing is planned Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Witzke Funeral Homes, Inc., 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, Md. A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at Church of the Resurrection, 3155 Paulskirk Drive, Ellicott City. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the American Heart Association or Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 16, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 17, 2012

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Jean Fabian

May 25, 2012

To Marcia and family,
No words can express my deepest sympathies to you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I always thought of Ralph as a kind soul, perfect for you! From the many testimonials, I can see that my feelings were shared by many friends and families. May you and your family gain comfort in knowing that Ralph has found peace with God in heaven. How blessed we all were to have known Ralph here on earth! May God bless you and keep you close to Him now and forever!

Cheech (Francis Michael) Esposito

May 23, 2012

Dear Marcia,
Ralph's dormitory room for 3 years was directly across the hall from mine in Raymond Hall. To this day, I can picture him with that bright smile and deep black hair. As you can imagine, we had plenty of great moments in that dorm and we enjoyed recalling them every 5 years at our reunions. God's peace to you and your children.

May 23, 2012

Ralph was an exceptional person in every way--personal and professional. Our hearts go out to his family. Bruce and Barbara Redding.

May 21, 2012

So sorry to hear of Ralph's passing, what a great person. I will keep you and your famoly in my prayers.
Art Hunter

Dawn Willinghan

May 21, 2012

My deepest sympathy goes out to your family. I've had the pleasure of working with Ralph more recently and he will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Amy Miller

May 21, 2012

Marcia and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Ken Rowinsky

May 21, 2012

Marcia: It was a shock for me to learn of Ralph's passing away. Great fellow classmate at Saint Francis. We enjoyed our association with one another. I really wanted to see him at Alumni weekend. Take care of yourself. Ken Rowinsky SFU 1972

May 21, 2012

Heartfelt sympathy to you and your family for your tragic loss. Ralph was one of the good guys in our class. From the many messages in this guest book, it is obvious that he remained that way throughout his too short life.
Janice Mason Falk & Bob Falk ('71)

Francis Pompili,Sr.

May 20, 2012

To the Sette Family,
Please accept our sincere condolences for the untiemly death of Ralph, who grew up with our children in Renovo and attended St. Joe's Catholic School and Church with all of us. Sincere sympathy to Marsha, his wife, and his brother, Michael. Our prayers are with you.
The Pompili family,

Janie Cochran

May 20, 2012

Dear Marcia and family, I was so sorry and shocked to hear about Ralph's sudden death. I feel as if we have just reconnected with so many people through all the emails about our 40th SFC reunion, and to hear this was so sad. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Take care. With sympathy, Janie Stoila Cochran