OBITUARY

Ralph Carmen Zrinyi

January 28, 1943March 30, 2021
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Ralph C. Zrinyi was born on January 28, 1943, in Steubenville, Ohio to Alex & Mary (Fillipone) Zrinyi. His siblings include Alex (“Dudie”) Zrinyi, Robert Zrinyi & Rosemary Zrinyi Scarnecchia. He attended Cathedral Grade School & graduated from Catholic Central High School. He married his beloved wife, Carol S. DiMarzio on February 23, 1963 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Ralph loved to play & coach football. His favorite team to watch was the Pittsburgh Steelers. He coached football at St. Anthony’s School & Catholic Central High School, assisting in taking the Crusaders to the State title in 1971.

Ralph was an electrician at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel until he relocated to Las Vegas. He was employed at the Showboat Hotel for over 15 years.

Above all things, Ralph loved his family. He enjoyed taking them on vacation to the beach. He especially loved going to San Diego & Disneyland. Ralph loved Italian food whether he was eating it or cooking it. He made the best pizza dough ever. He loved to fish, swim & garden with his wife & children. He loved to cheer on the Vegas Knights. When he became a grandpa, he was the happiest of men.

Ralph passed away quietly on March 30, 2021, at St. Rose Dominican Hospital with his family at his side. He was predeceased in death by his parents, Alex & Mary, his in-laws, Joseph & Sue DiMarzio, his brothers Alex & wife Sandra, brother Robert, his brothers-in-law, John & Donald DiMarzio & niece Debra (Zrinyi) Dascalu.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carol, children, Monica, Greg (Brita), Lesley (Patrick) & Chris (Deane), his grandsons, Nicholas, Merrick, Andrew, Bodhi & Tyler, his nieces & nephew, Denise DiMarzio, Dawn Carpenter, Don DiMarzio & Nancy Scarnecchia, his sister Rosemarie, sister-in-law Donna Collins, his uncle George Zrinyi, & many cousins.

The family would like to thank the ICU doctors & nurses at St. Rose San Martin Campus for all their loving care as Ralph left his earthly home to join the angels in heaven. Due to COVID-19 limitations, a private service for the family will be held in his honor at Palm Southwest Mortuary.

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    Friday, April 16, 2021

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Dora DiMarzio

April 16, 2021

Carol Sue and family I am so very sorry for the passing of Ralph. May he be met with the wings of angels. I am so thankful that we have had so many great memories together. I know that Ralph and Turtle have embraced and are looking down on us. We have to always remember to allow them to let their work live through us and our families. From baptizing Gregory to loving the rest of your children and watching them grow it has been pure joy. We will always stay connected. May he rest in peace. God Bless You, Love Always -Dora Saccoccia DiMarzio and Family

judy Di Federico Sorrenti

April 13, 2021

Carol Sue and Family- I have been wanting to hug you all since I saw that, My Friend, Ralph Passed. I remember so many wonderful things about my friendships with Carol Sue and Ralph. Carol Sue- from 1st. Grade- I was lucky to spend so much time with your family- Susie and Joe ! My home life wasn't as stable as yours - and I cherished my time with yours. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending Much Love and Prayers for all. Judy D. (Sorrenti)

Sylvia Reda Mayers Kimbrough

April 11, 2021

Carol Sue and Family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers!
May God Bless you and your family during this time. Fond memories when you all lived across the Street from Aunt Nancy and Uncle Maurie on Aldon Ave, LV, NV .

Laura Baker Guida

April 11, 2021

I was so sorry to read of Ralph’s passing. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace eternally.

Sincerely,
Laura Baker Guida
(Angie and Ron’s Daughter)

Fred DiDonato

April 10, 2021

Carol Sue and family,
Ralph has been on my mind so much lately. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great friend. We had a lot of good times together back in the day. I have a lot of great memories of him. Praying for you and your family. My deepest sympathy. Fred DiDonato

Jemome Arbiola

March 31, 2021

I want to Express my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Ralph. I am very sorry for your loss. According to Revelation 21:3,4. "God himself promise in the future, he will be with them. And wipe out every tears from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." May this Scripture helps your feelings be comfortable in this stage of your life.

Biography

Ralph Carmen Zrinyi was a confident man with a “take charge” attitude about life. He possessed a keen eye for detail and was a natural leader whose winning presence drew people in. Sociable, reliable, and tough-minded, Ralph was a man who enjoyed life’s challenges.

Ralph was born on January 28, 1943 in Steubenville, Ohio to Alex and Mary (Fillipone) Zrinyi, and lived in Steubenville until 1974. He was raised with his two brothers, Alex “Dudie” and Robert “Bobby”; and his sister, Rosemarie. Even as a young man, Ralph had a natural wit and strong personal work ethic which he carried throughout his life. Growing up, he was outgoing and always liked to stay active. He loved playing football, baseball, and swimming. He also enjoyed golfing and fishing, and even won an award for catching the largest bass fish while living in Ohio at a young age. During this time, he was the highest level of altar server for Cathedral Catholic Church and served mass for many bishops.

As he went on to high school, Ralph’s love of sports flourished, and he eventually went on to be the co-captain of the Catholic Central High School varsity football team. After graduating in 1960, he was employed at the University of Steubenville as the Food Service Manager. He then attended electrical trade school and took a position as an electrician at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, using his strengths as a quick-thinker and his strong work-ethic to always ensure the job got done. After moving to Las Vegas, he was employed at the Showboat Hotel and Casino for over 15 years before retiring as Pit Boss after the impact of numerous strokes.

Growing up in Steubenville, Ralph made many friends, but his closest friend was his brother-in-law, Don DiMarzio. In his adulthood, he nurtured many friendships in Las Vegas, ranging from co-workers to parents of the children who went to school or played sports with his children.

On February 23, 1963 Ralph exchanged wedding vows with Carol Sue DiMarzio at the St. Anthony's Catholic Church of Steubenville, OH. Ralph was attentive to Carol's feelings, and he charmed her with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. He was a devoted family man who was ever-watchful of his children as they grew up. Ralph and Carol were blessed with four children, Monica, Gregory, Lesley, and Christopher. They were later blessed with five grandsons, Nicholas, Merrick, Andrew, Bodhi, and Tyler. The Zrinyi’s also had many dogs as a family. They loved and cared for Pepe, Benji, Brandi, and finally his precious little Lilly, who sassed him regularly.

Whenever he wasn’t working, Ralph enjoyed taking part in various hobbies. He was a man who loved the outdoors, especially the ocean, and was an avid swimmer. He had quite the green thumb, and he kept a garden where he grew tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and zucchini. He loved to work in the yard with his wife and children, planting trees, shrubs, bushes, and flowers. Most of all, though, Ralph loved cooking and eating Italian food. He made the best pizza dough, chili, and meat sauce, and “invented” his own salad dressing.

When it came to watching sports, Ralph loved anything Pittsburgh. He was a huge fan of the Steelers. His favorite players were Terry Bradshaw, Rocky Bleier, Franco Harris, Joe Green, LC Greenwood, and Jack Lambert. He loved the USC Trojans and the ASU Sun Devils. He also loved the Las Vegas Golden Knights, and even the Raiders were growing on him.

Ralph held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. Ralph and his family were members of St. Anne's Catholic Church. Later in his life, he attended mass at the Shrine of the Holy Redeemer. When he was no longer able to attend in person, Ralph watched Sunday mass on the Dioceses of Las Vegas channel for the sick and home bound with his wife.

Travel and vacations were experiences that Ralph truly enjoyed. He loved to travel to San Diego, most particularly to Coronado Island. He loved amusement parks and would take all of the children to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. He went to beaches in New Jersey, South Carolina, and California and would travel to Iowa to visit his daughter and her two sons. Together they would go to the Wisconsin Dells and surrounding areas that provided fun and activities for his grandsons. He also would travel to Reno to visit his other daughter and her son, and enjoyed many of the wonderful places there together. Whenever the whole family would have reunions, they would all meet up at Lake Tahoe.

Ralph passed away on March 30, 2021 at St. Rose Dominican Hospital, San Martin Campus in Las Vegas, Nevada. He suffered his first stroke at the age of 43 and had many afterwards that eventually caused him to lose his vision and ability to walk, which ultimately took a toll on his heart and kidneys. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Mary; his in-laws, Joseph and Sue DiMarzio; his brothers, Alex and Robert; his sister-in-law, Sandra Zrinyi; his brothers-in-law, John and Donald DiMarzio; and his niece Debra (Zrinyi) Dascalu.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carol Zrinyi; his children, Monica Zrinyi Ackley, Greg (Brita) Zrinyi, Lesley (Patrick) Judson, and Chris (Deane) Zrinyi; his grandsons, Nicholas Ackley, Merrick Judson, Andrew Ackley, Bodhi Zrinyi, and Tyler Zrinyi; his sister Rosemarie; his nieces and nephew, Denise DiMarzio, Dawn Marie Carpenter, Don DiMarzio, and Nancy Scarnecchia; his sister-in-law, Donna Collins; his uncle George Zrinyi; and many cousins. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held at Palm Southwest Mortuary in Las Vegas Nevada with virtual services being provided through Palm Southwest Mortuary.

Ralph was the kind of person who could win others over easily. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and loved one to so many people, and his enthusiasm for life will be remembered by all. He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Ralph Carmen Zrinyi, and he will be deeply missed.