The Reverend James V. Ragnoni, Senior Priest-Retired, died Monday, 1 August 2016, after having received the prayerful support and consolation of the Sacraments.
James Vincent Ragnoni was born on 1 September 1933. His parents were the late Vincent and Angeline (Jacobelli). He was educated at St. Mary Elementary School, Lorain, Boone Elementary School, Lorain, Hawthorne Jr. High School, Lorain, St. Meinrad Minor Seminary, Indiana, Borromeo Seminary, Wickliffe and St. Mary Seminary, Cleveland. On 28 May 1960 in the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Bishop John J. Kroll ordained him to the priesthood for the service of the Diocese of Cleveland.
Fr. Ragnoni’s first assignment was as Parochial Vicar of St. Anthony of Padua, Akron. On 10 June 1965 he was transferred to Holy Redeemer, Cleveland to serve as Parochial Vicar. He was assigned Parochial Vicar of St. Mary of the Assumption, Mentor on 28 June 1972. On 1 August 1973 Fr. Ragnoni was named Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (East), Cleveland. On 1 July 1974 Fr. Ragnoni was named Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua, Akron. During this assignment he served as Dean of Summit County North Deanery (1986-1989), as a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Cemeteries Association (1989-1994) and on the College of Consultors (1990-1995). Fr. Ragnoni retired on 1 October 2013.
The wake will begin with Vespers on Friday, 5 August in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 83 Mosser Place, Akron, OH 44310 at 3:00 p.m. Bishop Roger Gries will be the presider and Fr. Edward Burba will be the homilist. The wake will continue until 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, 6 August in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1905 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223 at 11:00 a.m. Bishop Richard Lennon will be the main celebrant and Bishop James A. Griffin, Bishop Emeritus of Columbus, OH will be the homilist. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron.
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