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Ralph A. DePanfilis, 92, Norwalk Postmaster, Treasurer

Ralph A. DePanfilis
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NORWALK, Conn. — Ralph A. DePanfilis,  a lifelong resident of Norwalk and postmaster throughout the region from 1956 to 1986, died Wednesday in Norwalk Hospital. He was 92. 

Born in Norwalk April 11, 1924, he was the son of Antonio and Valverdina D'Alessio DePanfilis. He was predeceased by his wife Jennie in 2011.

He graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and then served during World War II.

DePanfilis was also the City Treasurer for the City of Norwalk for 18 years. He served as president and in other leadership roles and volunteered in many community and fraternal organizations in the city. He was the recipient of many honors and awards.

He is survived by his seven children: Probate Judge Tony and wife Kelly, Ralph Jr., and wife Kathleen (Russell), Louis; Joseph and wife Susan (Napoletano), Jean DesRochers and her husband Ernie, Noreen Amato, Joyce Bretherton and husband Fred; and his 15 grandchildren: Tony Jr. (wife Meghan), Adam (wife Jessica), Dr. Jeff (wife Michela), Kelly Anne, Russell and Mark DePanfilis, Joseph M. DePanfilis, John, Stephen and Maria DesRochers, Anthony and Jenny Amato, and Jessica, Rick and Doug Bretherton; his great-grandchildren; John, Caroline, Charlie and Jack DePanfilis; and his siblings: Mary Gargiulo, Vincent DePanfilis and John DePanfilis.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. at St. Matthews Church in Norwalk with interment to follow in St. John's Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Norwalk Hospital Foundation, 30 Stevens St., Norwalk, CT 06850; S.T.A.R. Inc., 182 Wolfpit Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850 or; or St. Matthew's Parish, 216 Scribner Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854.

Hoyt Cognetta Funeral Home and Crematory handled arrangements. For online condolences and directions visit

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