Rosemarie “RoRo” L. Ranalli Ferranto

September 8, 1939 - September 15, 2016 Avondale, PA | Age 77 Loving Wife, Mother, Sister, and Grandmother

Rosemarie “RoRo” L. Ranalli Ferranto, age 77, of Avondale, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on September 15th, 2016 surrounded by family after a long and courageous battle with ALS.

RoRo was born September 8th, 1939. She was the daughter of the late Giacomo “Jack” Ranalli and Natalina Canzano Ranalli, who were first generation mushroom farmers and business owners in Avondale, PA. She was raised on her father’s farm and was a tireless and enterprising steward of the mushroom industry her entire life.

She was the founder and owner of Buona Foods (1972) and Bella Mushroom Farms (1990) in Landenberg, Pennsylvania. She was one of the original pioneers of The Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, a member of the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce, a past board member of the Kennett Area Senior Center, a lecturer at St. Gabriel Church, and in 2001, she was acknowledged as one of the “Best 50 Women in Business” in Pennsylvania. RoRo was passionate about everything in life especially her family and her faith, but also about cooking, gardening, going to the beach, playing the slots, and giving back to her community.

She was the wife of Robert “Bear” Ferranto, Sr., with whom she shared 54 wonderful years of marriage.

In addition to her husband, survivors include her son Peter N. Ferranto and his wife Kim of Landenberg; daughter Gale M. Ferranto and her husband Bill Coon of Kennett Square; daughter in law Eileen Palmer of Elkton; sister Victoria Fidanza of Avondale; brother Jack Ranalli of Newark DE; and four beloved grandchildren, Peter Jr., Nicholas, Isabella and Elizabeth. RoRo was predeceased by her son Robert Ferranto, Jr. and her two sisters, Ester and Lucy.

You are invited to visit with RoRo’s family and friends from 6:00-9:00 PM Friday, September 23, 2016 and 10:00-11:00 AM Saturday, September 24th, at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, 8910 Gap Newport Pike, (Route 41) Avondale, PA 19311. Her Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, September 24th, at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Kennett Square, PA. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in her memory to The Rosemarie “RoRo” Ferranto Fund, The ALS Association, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002 or contribute online at

Arrangements are by Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (610-444-4116) of Kennett Square. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

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September 23, 2016 6-9PM St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Catholic Church
8910 Gap Newport Pike, (Route 41)
Avondale, PA 19311


September 24, 2016 10-11AM St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Catholic Church
8910 Gap Newport Pike, (Route 41)
Avondale, PA 19311

Mass of Christian Burial

September 24, 2016 11AM St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Catholic Church
8910 Gap Newport Pike, (Route 41)
Avondale, PA 19311


  1. To Bear and family, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. . . our thoughts are with you and
    Your family during this difficult time.

    Elaine and Tom Fornario | September 24, 2016 at 11:53 PM
  2. To all family members of Rosemarie. We are so sorry to hear of her passing. I’m sure you have many great memories of her to comfort & strengthen you. She will be missed by all who knew her. She was a lovely and spirit-lifting person. Prayers for all of you.

    Shirl & Rich Petrucci | September 22, 2016 at 7:41 PM
  3. Remembering Ro fondly and thinking of her family at this sad time.
    Offering my prayers,
    Adeline Conner

    Conner | September 22, 2016 at 3:40 PM
  4. Our hearts go out to you in this difficult time. Please accept our condolences and know that we will be praying for you.

    Malou, Angel & Tami | September 22, 2016 at 9:26 AM
  5. Thinking of RoRo and wishing you all peace, strength, and wonderful memories…I know there were many.

    Russ and Kathy

    Kilmer | September 20, 2016 at 5:52 PM
  6. My Dear Ferranto Family, Vickie and Jackie, There are no words to express this great loss for you and for all who knew RoRo. There are not many people who can say they had a friend for 70 years who was always the same and who never forgot you, but there are several of us here. She was a fighter to the end and set a great example for all of us. I pray that God will give you the courage to deal with this great loss.
    Everything is good for her now and she will still be taking care of you. She is in heaven cooking a spaghetti dinner already!!
    My Love to All, Patsy

    Patsy Vanderkraats | September 20, 2016 at 8:20 AM
  7. My deepest sympathies to Bear, Gale, Pete, and families at this time.
    So very sorry for your loss. Fond memories.

    Joe Donohoe | September 19, 2016 at 2:49 PM
  8. Gale and family: So sorry to hear of Ro Ro’s passing. We know what you are going through at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Joni, Eddie and Scottie Hoffman.

    Joan E. Hoffman | September 19, 2016 at 1:07 PM
  9. Gale and family – So sorry to hear of Ro Ro’s passing. We know what you are going through at this difficult time and our prayers are with you and your family. Joni, Eddie and Scotty Hoffman

    Joan E. Hoffman | September 19, 2016 at 1:02 PM
  10. Ro Ro & I went twelve years of school together. St. Patrick’s & Kennett High. A good friend! Thoughts & prayers are with your family. Frankie DiBenedetto

    Ruth DiBenedetto | September 19, 2016 at 10:12 AM
  11. “Bear:” Thinking of you. All the best for you and family in the future.

    John Farquhar | September 19, 2016 at 8:08 AM
  12. I did not have the privilege of knowing Ro Ro personally but feel that I do, because over the years I have heard wonderful stories about her from her niece Michelle Ranalli. Our prayers are with her family. I pray you feel Gods loving arms around you as you go through this very difficult time. 🙏

    Ruth | September 18, 2016 at 6:58 PM
  13. To Bear and family, we will always remember RoRo as a vibrant and wonderful woman. Our thoughts and all of our prayers to you and your loved ones. With deepest condolences, Pat and Teresa Waller

    Teresa Waller | September 18, 2016 at 3:03 PM
  14. Rosemarie put a smile on our faces and love in our hearts every time we saw her. We have and always will keep a place in my heart. Much love to the Ferranto family now and always.
    John and Natalie Coon

    John and Natalie Coon | September 18, 2016 at 12:02 PM
  15. We love you aunt Roro and we will miss you.

    Louis Fidanza | September 18, 2016 at 10:28 AM
  16. I am so sad and sorry for your loss. She was such a wonderful and beautiful person and always made me laugh! I always admired her tireless energy and dedication to everything she did. I hope that it brings you some peace that she is whole again and with all of your loved ones on the other side.

    My deepest sympathy and love to all of you!

    Donna Graham | September 18, 2016 at 10:05 AM
  17. Ro Ro was truly a beautiful women inside and out. Everyone who knew her loved her, especially my own beloved parents. My father, who had a nickname for everyone called Ro Ro “Hollywood” as he always told her she was so beautiful. She and my mother would get the giggles like two school girls. And I will be forever grateful for RoRo reading the eulogy at my mother’s funeral mass. She did so like every thing she did in life…with passion, compassion and grace. We will miss her here on earth but no doubt she is in heaven organizing or re-organing something! Until we meet again “Hollywood”, enjoy your much earned peace.

    Marcia Bowers | September 18, 2016 at 7:50 AM

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