North Bay Fires: Former Marin resident an unexpected first responder
Born in 1966 in New York, his childhood was spent in Marin County, but Santa Rosa was where he lived with his own family. On January 1, 2002 he married Esther and they instantly became the “Casale Family” as he adopted her two children, Cody and Rachel and then in 2004, their son Jaden was born. Ralph and Esther were proud when their family grew once again in the spring of 2018 to include Cody’s wife, Katherinne.
Ralph was very hospitable and the Casale Family’s house is host to many overnight guests, dinners and just kids “hanging out.” When his house burned down on October 8, 2017, Ralph used his determination and contractor skills to start planning the #CasaleFamilyRebuild as he dubbed it. His lot was cleared, layout had begun, plans were drawn and retaining walls were built; then on August 8, 2018, he unexpectedly had a massive heart attack while playing basketball. He leaves behind his parents, Ralph Sr and Toni, son Cody and daughter-in-law Katherinne, daughter Rachel, son Jaden, and his wife Esther.
Ralph will be remembered for his storytelling, willingness to help others, love for his family, creator and ministry and for what his self-penned IG bio says: “Taking more pictures than has EVER been necessary.”
For those of us who were impacted by the Casale Family, or who are just moved to help, these funds will be given to them to continue Ralph’s #CasaleFamilyRebuild, whatever form that takes on without him, and to help them move forward as a family.
Ralph will be dearly missed by everyone that had the privileged of knowing him.
Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 18 at 2PM.
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
292 Millbrae Ave. Santa Rosa, CA.
(Behind Home Depot in Rohnert Park)
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