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Ralph Sanchelli - Class of 1998 VIEW PROFILE

Ralph Sanchelli


Ralph Mario Sanchelli Sr.

August 10, 1931 - April 30, 2013



BULLHEAD CITY, Nev. – Ralph passed away unexpectedly while on vacation in Reno, Nevada. Ralph was born on August 10, 1931, in Missoula to Nicholas and Mary Sanchelli. He attended school in Missoula and after completing high school joined the National Guard.  He served in the National Guard for 13 years in Missoula.  In September of 1955 he married the love of his life, Patricia Edmonson and together they raised four children.


Ralph was a hard-working, friendly man and among his numerous jobs he worked for Highlander Brewery in Missoula, Gull Boats making boats, H & S Concrete, and finally the Missoula pulp mill when it was Hoerner Waldorf Corp. He eventually retired from the pulp mill after more than 25 years while it was Stone Container Corp.  After retiring from the mill, Ralph and Pat moved to Thompson Falls for a few years, then back to Missoula.  They spent several years migrating south for the winter, and eventually settled in Bullhead City, Arizona, permanently, where they enjoyed the constant sunshine and friendly people.

Ralph loved to fish, garden, cook and spend time traveling with his wife Pat.  He was an active member of the Missoula Moose Lodge for 25 years.  Ralph was dearly loved and respected by his family and friends. He had a heart like Montana – big, rugged and open.  He never hesitated to lend a helping hand where needed and loved to be with his family and friends.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Mary, and siblings, Perry, Lawrence and Flora.  He is survived by his wife, Pat, and their children, Katherine Pollock of Missoula, Ralph Sanchelli Jr. (Karen) of Missoula, Robert Sanchelli (Janiel) of Helena, Theresa Sanchelli of Missoula, and his sister Florita “Babe” Mulkey of Missoula.  He is also survived by his grandchildren, Dawn McElhenney (Scott) of Great Falls, Kendra Harrell of Attaboro, Mass., Kevin Pollock (Beth) of Frenchtown, Kristopher Pollock of Spokane, Russell Niland of Fayetteville, Ga., Jessica Hietala (Chris) of Missoula, Anthony Sanchelli (Melissa) of Adana, Turkey, Vincent Sanchelli of Spokane, Andrea Stone of Washington, Nicole Brager of Missoula, Danielle Hower of Missoula and Jordan Sanchelli of Missoula. Ralph had 19 great-grandchildren plus two expected this late summer/fall as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and their families.

Services pending future announcement.

Rest in Peace dear Friend.

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