MARANO, Ross Thomas, 71, of Red Oak , Texas, formerly of Wheeling, W.Va., died February 13, 2008 in Red Oak.
Ross was born June 8, 1936 in Wheeling, a son of the late Frank A. and Margaret Brunette Marano. He graduated from Central Catholic High School, Wheeling, West Liberty State College, West Liberty, W.Va. and Niagara University, Niagara Falls, N.Y. Ross worked as a chemist in several areas of chemistry: analytical, petroleum, physical, nuclear and environmental. He did research in differential thermal analysis, advanced fuel rod development for the federal Nerva Rocket project, boron isotope separation, instrumental analysis and shale oil recovery.
He owned Marche Instruments Inc., developing laboratory procedures and instrumentation.
Ross was associated with the Small Scale Chemistry Project at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado, including research and procedural development of environmentally friendly laboratory procedures for grade school, high school and college curriculums. His particular interest was in detecting lead in ground, water and soil. He presented his research findings at many conferences in the United States and Europe.
Ross owned Rossi’s Bakery and Deli, specializing in Italian and French foods and wines. He enjoyed traveling, especially in Italy and France. He was a member of St. Josephs Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis Club, American Chemistry Society and the International Confederation of Thermal Analysts. He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists.
In addition to his parents, Ross was preceded in death by his beloved grandmother, Grace Brunette.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Alice Jones Marano of Red Oak; two daughters, Charlene “Cherre” Anne Marano of Houston, Texas and Margaret “Margo” Carol Marano of West Chester, Pa.; a son-in-law, Peter Smith of West Chester, Pa.; a sister, Elaine Marano Melko of Mingo Junction, Ohio; a brother, Charles A. Marano and his wife Patti of Flushing, Ohio; a cousin, Cassandra Jatras Webster of Mesa Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Rosalee Jones Christy of Woodsfield, Ohio; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Friends will be received from 12-3 and 6-8 pm, Sunday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, where a vigil service will be held at 2:30 pm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am, Monday, February 18, 2008 at St. Joseph Cathedral, Wheeling, with the Rev. Thomas Schiffer and the Very Rev. Kevin Quirk as celebrants. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.