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Ralph Nevala

February 28, 1939 ~ June 5, 2022 (age 83)


Ralph J. Nevala, age 83 of California, was called home to his eternal reward by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 5, 2022.

Born on February 28, 1939, the son of the late Weikko and Esther Oberg Nevala, Ralph spent his childhood on the Nevala Dairy Farm in California, and was a graduate of the California High School Class of 1957.

Ralph met his wife Marion Ferrer while delivering milk from Nevala Dairy Farm to her neighborhood in Monessen. They were married on August 23, 1958, raised two sons on the family farm, and celebrated almost 59 years of marriage together.

In 1968, Ralph graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and honorably served the Commonwealth for 19 years as a Trooper with the Vice Unit of the Bureau of Criminal Intelligence.

Following his service with the Pennsylvania State Police, Ralph converted Nevala Dairy Farm into a beef cattle operation that specialized in breeding Hereford bulls and Angus cows. He worked on the farm until his retirement in 2017.

Ralph was an avid deer hunter and member of the Charleroi Sportsman Club. He enjoyed spending the summers with his grandsons on the farm, as well as traveling with them to Disney World, Washington D.C., and the Carolinas.

Ralph was preceded in death by both his parents and his loving wife Marion Nevala.

He leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his sons Vincent Nevala (Paula) of California and David Nevala (Maria) of Rostraver; grandsons Nathaniel Nevala (Heidi) and Matthew Nevala (Bekah); granddaughters Erica Maneval and Ashely Crowe; great-granddaughters Tenley Hope Nevala, and Sophia Miller and great-grandsons Noah Weikko Nevala, and Major Reign Douglas.

Friends are welcome from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home, Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255, where a service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2022 with the Pastor Patti Smith, officiating.

A procession will follow to St. Hyacinth Cemetery, Monessen for a committal service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bentleyville Holiness Campmeeting, c/o Paula Nevala, 556 California Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423.

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June 7, 2022

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home
809 Main Street
Bentleyville, PA 15314

Funeral Service
June 8, 2022

11:00 AM
Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home
809 Main Street
Bentleyville, PA 15314

June 8, 2022

12:00 PM
Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home, Inc.
809 Main Street
Bentleyville, PA 15314


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556 California Drive, Coal Center PA 15423

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