Known for his love of family, friends, cars, and Italian cooking, Ralph Frank Moceo ’58 was born on Aug. 20, 1935, in San Jose. The son of Edward and Jean Moceo, he grew up in Santa Cruz, where he attended Holy Cross School. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory and SCU, making lifelong friends along the way. At the age of 27, Ralph became president of E.V. Moceo, his family’s packing and shipping produce business, after his father’s unexpected death. To his many friends, who enjoyed legendary meals at his artistic home, Ralph was a creative chef, convivial entertainer, and a catalyst for fun. Generous and gracious to people from every walk of life, holidays were always enjoyed with his family. As founder of the Mostaccioli Club, Ralph shared his love of Italian food with close friends. With natural rapport, he made sure his dinner guests savored feasts of pasta, seasonal vegetables, olive oil, red wine, and homemade cucidati or cannoli. Ralph died on May 10, 2018 at 82 years old. He is best remembered as a man with an engaging smile, a youthful energy, and fabulous style—he truly epitomized la dolce vita and will be greatly missed by his friends and family. Ralph is survived by his sister, Franca Ghielmetti; nephew, Jeff (Cindy) Ghielmetti; nieces Edie (Scott) Givens and Jena Yankovich; grandnephews Greg Givens and Nico Yankovich; grandnieces Christina Ghielmetti, Gina Givens, Victoria Ghielmetti, and Olivia Yankovich; and his loving partner, Carol Anglin.

08 Nov 2018