Ronald Joseph Zuccarelli was born February 2, 1954, in Chicago, Ill., to Elizabeth and Frank Zuccarelli. He died January 14, 2013, in Seattle, Wash.
Ron held degrees in sociology, elementary education and had a masters in elementary administration. He worked as an elementary teacher in West Virginia and Minnesota and then as an elementary school principal at Mazeppa, Minn., and Lewiston, Minn. After Lewiston, Ron created his own business as a painting contractor. In 2003, he became the Chief Human Resource Officer at The Hearthstone in Seattle, Wash.
Ron is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Zuccarelli, his wife, Dorothy Rasener, his children, Laura Rhodes, Micah Zuccarelli, Aleah Harvey, Eva Zuccarelli, Emily Zuccarelli, Mariah Zuccarelli, and his grandchildren, Christopher Zuccarelli, Jaiden Zuccarelli, and Erminia Harvey.
Ron was always willing to offer a helping hand and was proud of his Italian heritage. Ron was optimistic toward life and remained so throughout his struggle with cancer.
Gifts in Ronís memory may be sent to: American Cancer Research, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 7262, Hillsborough, NJ., 08844.