Leo I. Ragni

January 1, 1934 - September 28, 2013

01/01/1934 - 09/28/2013

Leo I. Ragni 79 of St.Clairsville, OH died Saturday September 28, 2013 at Belmont Community Hospital Bellaire, OH.

He was born January 1, 1934 at Bellaire a son of the late Innocenzo and Igina Gasparinni Ragni.

Leo was the former owner of Ragni Distributing Co. of Bellaire and after merging with Iron City Distributing of Mingo Junction he retired in 1998.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church St.Clairsville, the Sons of Italy and IAC of Bellaire, and was US Army veteran.

In addition to his parents Leo was preceded in death by two brothers Frank and Victor Ragni.

Surviving is his wife of 50 years Donna Boron Ragni, his daughter Loraine Joseph Horine, Bernardsville, NJ and two grandsons Joseph Andrew and Leo David Horine.

Friends will be received at the Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home and Crematory 204 W. Main St. St.Clairsville, OH Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 PM where a vigil service will be held at 3:45 PM and Sons of Italy service at 6:30 PM.

Leo’s Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church St.Clairsville Wednesday at 11:30 AM with Fr. Michael Gossett the Celebrant.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Faith in Action, Valley Hospice, or St. Mary’s Building fund.

Online condolences may be offered at altmeyer.com

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Claire Garry
7 years ago

“We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.”

My deepest condolances.

Steve ande MaryJo Zacchini Kurko
7 years ago

Dear Donna and daughter and extended families: This was a wonderful role model for every person who ever had the honor of knowing Leo. He was so honorable and had the highest integrity and character of anyone I had ever known. Bellaire and the surrounding communities will miss him more than can be put into words. God has called him Home and we are proud to have known him in our lifetime.


Steve and MaryJo Zacchini Kurko, Bellaire,Ohio

Ken & Barbara Kuzminsky
7 years ago

Dear Donna and Family,

We are so saddened to hear of your loss. We know it hasn’t been easy for you these past months. Leo is now relieved of all suffering and surely is seated near Our Lord in heaven. Our love and prayers are with all of you.

Barb & Ken

Debra Shapiro
7 years ago

Dear Lorraine,

I am sorry for your loss and send my thoughts and prayers to you and your family.


Maryann Droll
7 years ago

Dear Mrs. Ragni —

I met your dear husband when I visited him at Liza’s Place, on January 2nd of this year. A kind and gentle man, he welcomed the hymns that I sang for him; and, he held my hand as I prayed for him. I’ll not forget his pleasant smile and his gentle hand holding mine.

As I read his obituary, I noticed that he had the Ragni Distributing Company; I do believe that he and my daddy knew each other Sam Kovacevich, at the Grove Restaurant.

May God’s peace and blessings be yours during this most tender season; and, may He give you many lovely memories, so that you may always have roses in December.

Ever hoping . . .

Always in Jesus,

Maryann Liza’s Place Music Ministry Volunteer

Dwight Snowden
7 years ago

Donna —

Sending my thoughts and prayers upon the passing of your husband.


Joe and Sandy Chacko
7 years ago

Donna and family, so sorry to hear about Leo. Our deepest sympathies to you.

Ed and Clair Davis
7 years ago

Donna and family; Ed and I are so sorry for your loss. We were fortunate to have had Leo as a friend for so many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Daniel Frizzi, Jr.
7 years ago

Donna and Loraine,

My sincere sympathy on the passing of Leo. As a little boy growing up on West Washington Street, I had the opportunity to meet so many of my father’s boyhood friends…Leo was one of them. They all were such good men, and my life has been bettered, and I have been honored, by knowing them. Find comfort in assurance that the “West Washington Street Gang” will once again greet with open arms your husband, father and their friend.

Please accept our condolences at this time of your loss.

Daniel Frizzi, Jr. and Family

Doug Frizzi
7 years ago

Donna and Lori, We were sorry to hear about Leo’s passing. He was a man of honor and character. I have fond memories of Leo. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Doug and Judy Frizzi

Darlene & Greg Smith
7 years ago


So sorry hear about Leo. We so enjoyed our time working with him at the SOI. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Penny Emery Kennedy
7 years ago

Donna, Lori & Family,

So sorry to hear of your loss of Leo. He was beyond words a great person. I will always remember him and all of you. God has received a new angel. Praying for you.

You are part of my life memories and will always hold a part of my heart forever.

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

with Love,


June Valocik
7 years ago

Donna, Sorry to hear of your loss. I often think of you and wonder how you are doing. Hope you are doing well. My thoughts and prayers are with you. June

John & Martha Piehowicz
7 years ago

Donna,, There are no words! He was a Good man! Our Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family! John & Martha Piehowicz

Pete & Erin Cuffaro
7 years ago


So sorry to hear about Leo.

It was an honor and privilege to have known him.

Sorry we did not make it to the funeral home.

Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

With deepest condolences,

Pete and Erin Cuffaro

David Gibson
7 years ago

I met Leo when I ordered beer for Woodsfield Riesbeck’s. He was the personification of a true gentleman and an all round great guy! Although I hadn’t seen him in years, my wife and I spoke of him often. He will be missed. Will say a prayer for him and his family. We are very sorry for your loss. What a sweet man.

john knezevich
7 years ago

I’m saddened to hear of Leo’s passing, I saw him several times at our Bellaire High’s reunions, he was a true gentleman, take care and God Bless his family.

Julia Welch
7 years ago


Matt and I are so sorry to hear about your dad. We are thinking about you and sending you and your family our prayers.



Scott Boehm
7 years ago


My sincere condolences for your loss. I will always remember your father’s love of SJC and his tremendous sense of humor. Scott

Kathy Drake
7 years ago

Lorraine: Sorry to hear about the death of your father, my deepest condolence to you and your family. My prayers are with you and will light a candle at church in memory of your father. Kathy, Bill and Christopher Drake.

Cheryl J Skinner, Patriot Guard
7 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, may your memories of Leo I. Ragni give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now Leo in the arms of our Lord, your work on earth is done. I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

US Army Leo I. Ragni is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Caroline Potter
7 years ago

Sorry I did not spend more time with Uncle Leo . . . I am Victor’s granddaughter, Vicki’s daughter.

My condolenscences to all.

Jack Trigg
7 years ago

Very sorry to see that Leo is gone.

I went to school with him. He was a great person. My prayers are with you.