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October 28, 1934 ~ January 26, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old
Domenico Ragini: Husband, Dad, Nonno and Biznonno was loved by all of us and many others. He was born in Paris, France, to Sanmarinese parents Teresa and Luigi Ragini and with his sister Maria, a few years later they made San Marino their home. He eventually came to America on the Andrea Doria in the late 1950’s to work and make money to bring his new wife Pia Bernardi to America to live the American dream. In the following years he had 4 strong independent daughters. He was a very proud man who loved to hunt and in the early 1960’s he found his second home, “La Cabina”. This is where he loved to spend any time he wasn’t working. Many core memories were made in Roscommon with dad going for hundreds of walks in the L-Lot, hunting deer and taking his 4 daughters along for the hunt to share in this special bond. There was blueberry hunting, looking for tracks and investigating if someone had trespassed. Being up north was his calm, his resting place. Dad also took us on many vacations, be it Florida, out west, chasing tornadoes and of course the Upper Peninsula. Rarely did we stay in a hotels when traveling but tented on the side of the road, he loved the outdoors. In the mid 1990’s after living in this country for over 40 years, he decided to become a US citizen — at the age of 60. This was a brave and honorable moment for him. He was the epitome of a hard-working and very proud man. Tough but gentle. He built 2 thriving companies (Carpentry and Concrete) as well as all of the beautiful homes we lived in. Our homes always had an artistic room or design element. He was way before his time. He enjoyed doing things with his hands, building, gardening and hunting. He had a hard shell but if you could break through this, he was kind, liked and a remarkable man, and would always take the time to call his daughters on every birthday, which was special in itself. Domenico is survived by his strong, loving, kind wife of 65 years Pia Ragini. His legacy continues in his 4 daughters and spouses - Milva (Brian Birckelbaw), Maura (Jim Placido), Milena (Mark Goldi), and Monica (Jon Pecoraro). He is survived by 8 wonderful grandchildren - Marina, Cristina (Walt Knapp), Kiara (Art Thompson), Nicole (Harry O’Neill), Natalie, Brian, Noah and Angelina, and amazing great-grandchildren, Vivian, Arlo, Vada, Mina, and Dominic. The loss of his presence will be a huge loss to us all. La nostra famiglia will take comfort in our love for our father and knowing he is present in nature and La Cabina up north.