OBITUARY: Bennie Louis Ratto
Jan. 25, 1916 – June 7, 2012
Born in Genoa, Italy, he came to the United States at the age of 4 living in Alameda, CA. He met and married his life partner, Marcella, on July 26, 1942. They were married for 67 years until her death in 2009. He became a citizen with his three brothers when he was drafted into the US Army two months after he was married. He was an airplane mechanic stationed in England during WWII. They moved to Mill Valley in 1948 where they had their two daughters. He was a partner in Mill Valley Garbage Co. until it sold in 1962. The family moved to So. Lake Tahoe in 1964 to partner in South Tahoe Refuse Co. For many years, Bennie was the manager and heavy equipment operator at Meyers and Gardnerville landfills. He loved all the equipment and he took great pride in his expertise with the caterpillars and earth movers. He enjoyed teaching many young men to drive garbage trucks during his career. His co-workers were always considered part of his family.
He is survived by his brother, Louie Ratto, of Novato, CA, and his daughters- Gloria (Gert) Lehman and Sandra Martin, his grandchildren- David Lehman, Scott Martin and Denise (Dan’l) Preston and his great-grandchildren, Zarek Thomas, Izabella, Kai and Ryder Preston. His family always came first and he watched over them all.
We would like to express our gratitude to Esperanza, Debra and Timo who joined our family to care for Bennie. We give great praise to the staff of Barton Hospice for their tremendous support. We would also like to thank all the wonderful people at South Tahoe Refuse for all they did for him. Between them all, Bennie was able to stay at home with family and friends until the Lord allowed him to join his wife again in eternal peace.
Funeral services to be held on Monday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. Donations may be made in his name to Barton Hospice or So. Lake Tahoe Humane Society.
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