John J. Barrale

December 21, 1928February 2, 2018

Barrale, John J. Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Friday, February 2, 2018; Beloved husband of the late Genevieve Barrale (nee Marnati); dear father of Ronnie (Lori) Barrale, Larry Barrale, Terri (Rich) Newcomb and Marcia (John) DeSpain; dear grandfather of Chris, Nick (Cathy) Barrale, John (Aime) DeSpain, Jamie Lynn DeSpain and Joey DeSpain; loving great-grandfather of Mia, Anthony, Kelsey, Rylie, Elizabeth, Cadence, Giovanni and Jack; dear uncle, cousin and friend to many. He played soccer for St. Louis Simpkins and St. Ambrose and was inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 1984. John was an Army Veteran and a 60 year member of the National Association of Letter Carriers. SERVICE: Funeral Mass on Thursday, February 8th 11:00 am at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 5130 Wilson Ave.; Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday from 4 – 8 pm. at Calcaterra Funeral Home, 5140 Daggett Ave.; St. Louis, MO 63110. If desired, memorial donations in John’s name may be made to The Sick & Elderly Program of the Hill.


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 8, 2018

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Jim & Mary Bruno

February 7, 2018

John was a kind and humble man who exemplified why his generation, was The Greatest.

Tony Skyles

February 7, 2018

I had the pleasure of golfing with John along with my grandfather Jim Spinale. I began to tee off. My grandpa said "watch Barrale, hes gonna tell you exactly where your ball goes."

I made my shot. The ball was out over 200 yards. I lost sight of it after it hit the ground. John says "I see it, still rolling, went alittle left, ok its by the leaves on the left."I figured he was messing with me, until I found the ball exactly where he described.

My grandpa said "nobody can follow a golf ball like John Barrale! I dont know how the h&ll he can see that far, he is something else!"

February 6, 2018

Family of John Barrale
I played with John on the St Ambrose teams. What a great player and a wonderful guy. Sorry I'm out of town for the funeral.
My condolences. Danny Puricelli

Jim Galati

February 5, 2018

I watched John Barrale on the soccer field at old Sportsmans Park on many Sunday afternoons.He was a great player.

Denice Skyles

February 5, 2018

Our dads were such great friends and had such good times. Now they are together again. My younger son, Drew, enjoyed the many times he golfed with my dad, your dad, Guy Vinciguerra, and Buddy Minella. May your wonderful memories help to heal your heart a little each day.

Denice Skyles Babe Spinale's younger daughter.

Mike George

February 5, 2018

Dear Ronnie, Terri, Marcia and family,

I am so sorry to hear of your dear father passing. Please accept my deepest condolences and know that we are praying for your family. We love and miss all of you and ask God to bless you with His Comfort and Peace.

Jane & Bruce Collignon

February 5, 2018

Terri so sorry for your loss, I always enjoyed the pictures you posted on Facebook with your Dad.

Donna Schimmelpfennig

February 3, 2018

My heartfelt condolences.