Ralph Strappelli

[Age 83] The 43-year postal employee had served in the Air Force during World War II and in Korea.

October 12, 2007

Ralph Gabriel Strappelli, a retired postal worker who served in the Air Force during World War II and Korea, died Oct. 5 of heart failure at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. He was 83.

Mr. Strappelli was born in Baltimore and raised on South Potomac Street. After graduating in 1942 from Mount St. Joseph High School, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces.

He served in the United States as a staff sergeant and airplane mechanic. After the war, he remained in the reserves until being recalled to active duty during the Korean War.

Mr. Strappelli worked as a letter carrier for 43 years, first in downtown Baltimore where he delivered mail at One Charles Center, and later assigned to the old Eudowood Post Office, where he walked a route delivering mail for 15 years.

He retired in the 1980s.

Mr. Strappelli was financial secretary for more than 25 years of the National Association of Letter Carriers. He was also a member of the Harford County Lodge of the Sons of Italy and the Bel Air Knights of Columbus.

The former Towson resident, who had lived in Bel Air since 1990, had been an avid Baltimore Colts fan.

Mr. Strappelli was a parishioner of St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church in Bel Air, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Catherine E. Costello; three sons, Stephen Strappelli of Parkville, John Strappelli of Towson and David Strappelli of Bel Air; two daughters, Susan Rebuck of Bel Air and Gina Ross of Fallston; and 11 grandchildren. Another daughter, Denise Bloom, died in 1994.

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