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Raffaele Branca, 68, of West Middlesex passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at 9:50 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in his residence which he shared with his companion, Jinine Fulton.
Mr. Branca was born March 27, 1949, in Bagnoli, Irpino, Avellino, Italy, a son of Domenico and Vincenza (DiCapua) Branca. Raffaele graduated high school in Italy and served two years in the Italian army before immigrating to the United States to join his family.
He worked at several local steel mills before ultimately retiring in 2014 from NLMK, Farrell. Previously, Raffaele worked for many years as an auto body technician and mechanic at Ken's Auto Body, Sharpsville.
He was of the Catholic faith.
Raffaele enjoyed being outdoors, particularly while working in his garden. He also enjoyed making wine and taking trips to the casino. Above all, Raffaele loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Surviving are: a daughter, Maria F. (Amin) Afrazi, Madison, Wis.; a son, Domenico M. (Charlyn) Branca, Hermitage; three grandchildren, Domenico R. and Stephania C. Branca, and Carina S. Afrazi; his companion, Jinine S. Fulton, West Middlesex; a sister, Anna (Decio) Patrone, Florence, Italy; and two brothers, Aneillo Branca, Sharon; and Luigi Branca, Farrell.
Raffaele was preceded in death by his parents.

Raffaele, 68, of West Middlesex.
Visitation: Noon until time of service Wednesday (10-4-17) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY, Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Funeral service: 3 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, with Rev. Matthew Ruyechan, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Farrell, officiating.
Interment: St. Anthony Cemetery, Hermitage. 
Published on October 2, 2017
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