Ralph Dimenna

ralph dimenna

May 25, 1924 ~ May 14, 2024

Born in: Rotterdam Junction, NY
Resided in: Arden, NC

Ralph Leonard Dimenna, 99, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at Trinity View Assisted Living in Arden.

Ralph was born in Rotterdam Junction, NY on May 25, 1924 to the late Leonardo and Lucia Farinella Dimenna. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 52 years, Shirley Dimenna; his second wife, Audrey Dimenna; four sisters, Pauline Serafino, Lillian Rose Aldi, Maria Stella Gigante and Mary Saveria Domblewski and two brothers, Joseph DiMenno and Vincent Leonardo DiMenno.

Ralph was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran serving with the Fighting 69th Infantry in France and Germany. After returning home he became a development engineer and manager with IBM. He was a friend to everyone and never met a stranger. He loved traveling, cruises, golfing and dancing. He and Audrey were the founding members of Trinity View dance group. His trip to Italy where he traced his roots was one of his fondest memories. He loved his family dearly.

Ralph is survived by his five children; Richard Allen Dimenna (Sharon), Michael Dimenna (Darlene), Grey Jeffrey Dimenna (Nancy); Florence Susan Presnell (Ralph) and Catherine Elizabeth Way; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 16th at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 11:00 am at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Swannanoa. Interment with military honors will follow at Mountain View Memorial Park in Black Mountain.

The family thanks the staff at Trinity View for their kind and loving care. They would also like to thank a special caregiver, Katie Ledford.


Visitation: May 16, 2024 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Memorial Mass: May 18, 2024 11:00 am

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church
102 Andrews Place
Swannanoa, NC 28778


Mountain View Memorial Park
392 Tabernacle Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. I am incredibly saddened to hear about Ralph’s passing.
    Condolences to all family.
    Rest in peace Ralph.
    Maria Scagliozzi (Italy)

  2. What an amazing zest for life Ralph had, and that will surely be missed by all. And how cool to watch that same light shine through in his family. My deepest sympathies to each of you.

  3. Ralph Dimenna lived not only a long and blessed life, his was a life full of adventure, merriment, and generosity of spirit for and towards others. Like me, he loved cruises, and travel, and dancing. He too was gifted with a large family–his of loving sons and daughters, including a son who is one of my greatest and best friends–Grey Dimenna, now a retired lawyer. Grey and I worked together at the New Jersey Department of Higher Education, in the heady years when the agency was headed by Ted Hollander, the three-term Chancellor of Higher Education. I am sure that Grey was the model and apple of his father’s eye–both charitable, brilliant and loving human beings–and the best kind of kindred spirits. Grey’s dad, Ralph, showed the way, in war and peace-time, having cut a path of unyielding courage, undaunted success, and many triumphs over evil. In the pursuit of freedom and justice, Ralph Dimenna was unflappable and kep the faith. He exhibited an all-around good humor and sense of hopefulness.

    Ralph Dimenna’s rewards for his gift to humanity and to his country were bountiful and well-earned, for he was the best kind of human being that we could have in his times and ours: he was a man of humility, and decency, and integrity; he was a friend of many, especially as a crusader for rights over wrongs. His life lifted the spirits of his family and of his friends and, I dare say, of his grateful nation. For in the days when his country called upon him to serve, to win victories over evil and despair, Ralph Dimenna was here and “over there”, a shining example of nerve and fearlessness. He won his victories without downgrading others and by lifting up his nation’s best values and principles.

    No doubt Ralph Dimenna’s nation owed him much, in part because he gave his nation so much love and virtue. Living in an imperfect nation, Ralph Dimenna won victories for humanity and for the good, for the survival and the betterment of our nation. In ordinary and hard-times, Ralph Dimenna proved his mettle and his love of country– and his country was bettered by the trials and tribulations of their American Son. Ralph Dimenna was good to and for his country, and his nation was the better because of Ralph Dimenna’s example and victories for his nation.

    Ralph Dimenna’s life had purpose; in death, Ralph Dimenna should be remembered and memorialized as a man of principle, of decency, of worth, of moral courage. His life reminds me of the early spiritualist Zoroaster’s principles: “Good thoughts, goodwords, good deeds.” May Ralph Dimenna truly rest in peace, for he finished his race with integrity and as a shining example of steadfastness that exhibited the best of all of us.

    Michael Meyers
    New York Civil Rights Coalition
    315 West 39th Street, Suite 1104
    New York, New York 10018

  4. We are so sorry about the loss of Uncle Ralph. I will always remember him as a sweet gentleman.
    Carol (Pasquarella) and Keith Kalinkewicz

  5. My deepest condolences, Florie, at the passing of your father. May God rest his soul while comforting you, all his family and those who love him. Sending prayers and hugs. 💕🛐🙏🏻

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