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Ralph Earl Fehling


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Ralph Earl Fehling Obituary
Ralph Earl Fehling

Born: October 29, 1926

Died: January 18, 2018

Ralph Earl Fehling passed away on January 18, 2018 at the age of 91. Ralph was born on October 29, 1926 in Chicago to Helen Smith Fehling and Charles William Fehling.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Marie Vucko Fehling, who he was married to for 55 years; his parents; his brother, Richard; his daughter, Marcia Nalepa Mattes; and his son-in-law, Harold Mattes.

Ralph is survived by his son, Ronald Nalepa (Bonnie); his grandchildren, Bill Nalepa, Jill Nalepa Fischer (Paul), Brian Mattes, Jennifer Nalepa Williams (Mark), Jodi Nalepa Kling, Scott Mattes, and Tony Nalepa (Amy); his great-grandchildren, Laura Williams Kercinik (James), Robert Fischer (Melissa), Angela Fischer Dreisbach (Bradley), Kristen Fischer, Rebeca Kitchen, Teresa Kling, Samantha Kling, Michael Fischer (Kaitlyn), Devin Kitchen, Matt Williams, Cassandra Fischer, and Victoria Nalepa; and his great-great grandchildren, Lucas Kirner, Mila Fischer, and Lorelei Dreisbach; and his dear friend, Christine Peachy (Charles).

Ralph worked at the Illinois Tollway for many years. His previous jobs included Fuller Brush salesman, Walgreens soda counter, Milk delivery, shoe salesman, and florist.

Ralph was an extremely caring and giving man. He was known for handing out bananas, gum, and candy to everyone, even complete strangers, and greeting people with "Happy Monday". His generosity and positive attitude will be missed by all who knew him.
Published in Suburban Life Publications on Feb. 7, 2018
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