Obituary: Philip Charles "Grandpa Pete" Ronzone |

Obituary: Philip Charles "Grandpa Pete" Ronzone

A memorial service is planned Tuesday, Nov. 21 for Philip Charles “Grandpa Pete” Ronzone, who died Oct. 29, 2000, at San Francisco, Calif. He was 85.

Mr. Ronzone was born Oct. 29, 2000, at Reedly, Calif., and raised in Placerville, Calif., with his seven brothers and sisters. His parents, Silvio and Queen Ronzone, taught for many years at El Dorado High School. Mr. Ronzone first moved to South Lake Tahoe in the mid-1930s to work with his brother-in-law, John Keller, and his brothers, Dick and Ed, on developing and building many of the early vacation homes and public buildings that are now a key part of the South Tahoe landscape. He and his family lived for many years at the corner of Ski Run Boulevard and Aspen Avenue. After serving valiantly in World War II in Europe he returned to Lake Tahoe, where he remained through the early 1970s.

In 1973 Mr. Ronzone moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he worked for several more years in the construction industry. After retirement in 1980 he moved into Eastern Park Apartments in San Francisco, where he made many life long friends and neighbors. In addition to traveling the world and making more friends, he spent his retirement years in volunteer construction projects at Eastern Park and spending as much time as possible with his children and grandchildren. In 1997 he was named volunteer of the year at Eastern Park.

Survivors include his sons, Philip and Steven, and his daughter, Jamey; Steven’s wife, Patricia; and his grandchildren, Tony, Tara, Randy, Rob, Gabriel and Christian.

A memorial service will take place at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21 at the Main Post Chapel located on Fisher Loop at the Presidio, San Francisco, Calif.

The Steven Ronzone family is making all arrangements for the memorial service. For directions to the service call (415) 332-6179.

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