Swan Funeral Home

825 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT


Richard K Ranciato

November 9, 1959April 27, 2019

Richard Kenneth Ranciato (Wolfe) of Madison, CT and St. Pete’s Beach, FL, passed away peacefully at his home on April 24, 2019. Richard was born in New Haven, CT on November 9, 1959 to the late Kenneth Ranciato and Tricia Bilker.

He attended Daniel Hand High School, in Madison CT, until his junior year and graduated from Chantilly High School, in Chantilly, VA in 1977. He was an outstanding member of the choral and drama programs in both schools, where he was often cast in leading roles in theater productions. He was also a gifted pianist, as well as a soloist in the Virginia All-State Chorus.

Richard attended the Shenandoah Music Conservatory and pursued a career in musical theater before receiving a degree in radiologic technology from Gateway Technical College. He retired in 2005 from Kaiser Permanente, in Berkeley CA, where he was employed for many years as an MRI Technologist. Richard had a loving, generous, and gentle nature, and was a beloved and loyal son, brother, uncle, grandson, and friend.

He enjoyed cooking and was a masterful culinary artist, as well as a music lover, talented dancer, and a world traveler who made friends everywhere he went. He will be remembered mostly for the way he embraced life to its fullest and brought endless love, warmth, and brilliant humor to the lives of his family members and friends.

Richard is survived by his mother, Tricia Bilker of Guilford, CT, his stepfather, Charles Wolfe of Madison, CT, his stepmother, Brenda Ranciato of Prospect, CT, his brother Kenneth Ranciato and his wife Barbara, of Guilford, CT, his brother Christian Wolfe and his wife Lee of Tewksbury Township, NJ, his brother Craig Ranciato of St. Petersburg, FL, his brother Kelly Ranciato and his wife Heidi of Prospect, CT, his sister, Melissa Wolfe Beiner of Madison, and his adored nephews and nieces, special aunts, uncles, and cousins, and many friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, May 31 from 4-7 PM at Swan Funeral Home in Madison, CT. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 1 at 10:00 AM at St Margaret Roman Catholic Church, Madison, CT. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations in Richard’s memory may be sent to Yale New Haven Hospital/attention: Nathan Smith Clinic, 20 York Street, New Haven, CT 06510. Checks are made payable to Yale New Haven Hospital/Nathan Smith Clinic with “Richard Ranciato” in the memo line.


  • Calling Hours Friday, May 31, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Saturday, June 1, 2019


Richard K Ranciato

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Paul Leonard

June 1, 2019

This is difficult. Sue and I have been hit hard by your passing. We remember when you first moved to St. Pete and how excited you were about the next chapter of your life. We remember the many Italian feasts you laid out for us, and dancing with Aunt Sue after dinner in your living room, the laughing and sharing of family memories. Laughing about I Love Lucy episodes. Going to the beach, or lunch, and listening to your philosophy on life and love. What a character.
You were so full of love and adventure. We will love and miss you forever.
Rest in peace sfacimme.

Cindy Lafarier

May 31, 2019

I will always remember my summers at your house. All the silly things we did. The old ladies with the watermelons, Playing Lou Monte's Pepino the Italian Mouse and singing it all day. The song you made up about Kate's wig in the car with your grandma Carmel. You playing piano and us singing. You making fun of me because I hated the woods and the bugs!!! Dancing at every family wedding. All of our talks and how much I missed you when you moved away. Having a ball at the clubs. But nothing compares to how much I'll miss you now. Part of my heart will always be where you are. I love you Zhudazheel, You left us too soon. I will hear your voice always. Cindy (Your Zhudazheel)

Angela Severino

May 30, 2019

I will always remember our lunch dates, laughing and drinking wine!! You brightened everything up when you were around. I love you and I will miss you so much. Call me, I'll call you, Ang call me, rich I'll call ya. Until we meet again.