Ralph Pierini, 71, died Monday, May 13, 2013, from lung cancer in the care of Rainbow Hospice of Ark in Chicago, Ill.
He was born on March 12, 1942, in Chicago to Carmella (Stramaglio) Abern and the late Frank Pierini. Carmella and Paul Abern moved from Chicago to Glasgow in 1949 where Ralph was raised, worked on various farms, and attended grade school and high school.
Two weeks before he graduated from high school in 1960, he joined the army and was station in the Panama Canal zone. Following his discharge, he returned to Chicago where he started a career as a teamster working as an inter...