John Joseph Raniero

Seaside resident, 84John Joseph Raniero, 84, of Seaside, died Monday, June 7, 2004 at his home.

He was born on April 6, 1920, in Newark, N.J. He came to Seaside with the Civil Conservation Corps in 1937 where he met and married Ethel Hansen. She died in 1988.

Mr. Raniero served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and returned to Seaside upon his discharge. He opened Coast Plumbing in 1955 and owned and operated the company until his retirement in 1985.

He was a member of American Legion Post 99 for 57 years. He was post commander for the year 1953-54 and district commander for the year 1955-56. He was also a member the Seaside Elks and former member of Seaside Kiwanis and Seaside Chamber of Commerce.

Family members say he was known for his quick wit and storytelling abilities. He loved the opera, photography and, in recent years, building birdhouses. His birdhouses evolved into miniature buildings including the Christmas village displayed at the Bank of Astoria in Seaside, Victorian dollhouses for his great-granddaughters, cathedrals and other buildings for special friends. His creations were featured in Birds and Bloom magazine.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Lynda Raniero of Fayetteville, Tenn.; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Jim Pesonen of Gearhart; seven grandchildren, Michael Raniero of California, Steven Raniero of Buckley, Wash., Chris Raniero of Mexico, David Raniero of Phoenix, Ariz., Janine (Pesonen) Jensen of Las Vegas, Julie (Pesonen) Walz of Boise, Idaho and John Pesonen of Las Vegas; eight great-grandchildren, Steven, Heidi, Jim, Joshua and Nicole Raniero, Jessica and Tyler Pesonen and Madison Jensen; and by his special friend of many years, Claire Lovell.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and a half-sister.

A rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday with Mass at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church in Seaside. A reception will follow the service at the Parish Hall. Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, in care of Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries, 220 N. Holladay Drive, Seaside, OR 97138.

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