Father Carmine B. Raneri, age 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
He was born on February 1, 1927, in Waterbury, a son of the late Anthony and Concetta C. (Chillemi) Raneri. He attended schools in Waterbury and studied for the priesthood at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and Christ the King Seminary at St. Bonaventure University in New York. He was ordained in 1955 in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by Archbishop Henry O'Brien.
Father Raneri served throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford, at St. Anthony Parish in Bristol; St. Rose Parish in New Haven; St. Francis Parish in New Britain; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Meriden; St. Jerome Parish in New Britain; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Waterbury, where he was the pastor for12 years; and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Waterbury, where he was the pastor for 10 years.
Father Raneri retired in 2002 and was in residence at St. Gregory the Great Parish in Bristol for eight years. He also resided at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Waterbury for six years. He had lived at St. Gregory's since 2016.
For a number of years, Father Raneri was Connecticut state chaplain for the Daughters of Isabella. He was also a chaplain for the Knights of Columbus in New Britain and for the Connecticut State Police.
Father Raneri is survived by his two nephews, Joseph P. Raneri of Higganum and John Raneri and San Diego, Calif.; three nieces; six grandnieces and grandnephews; and several cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Joseph D. Raneri and his sister-in-law, Patricia (Mulville) Raneri.
The funeral Mass was celebrated on Dec. 16 at St. Gregory Parish in Bristol. Burial followed in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Watertown.
Contributions in Father Raneri's name may be made to: St. Bonaventure University, P.O. Box 2519, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778; or to St. Gregory Parish, 235 Maltby St., Bristol, CT 06010.