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In Remembrance
Joseph Anthony Raitano Sr.
Hayes Funeral Home

Mr. Joseph Anthony Raitano, Sr. passed from this life Sunday evening, January 28, 2007, in Galveston at UTMB.

Born May 18, 1934 in Galveston, Mr. Raitano had been a resident of Santa Fe for 35 years, previously of New Orleans and Galveston.  He had been a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for over 35 years and had been very active in the Parish. 

An ever-present role model, he had worked as a high school coach at Kirwin H.S. in Galveston, DeLaSalle H.S. in New Orleans, Reicher H.S. in Waco and Santa Fe H.S., where he retired as the Athletic Director, after influencing untold numbers of young men and women throughout his coaching career.  After he retired from coaching, he continued to influence others with his calm spirit, quiet demeanor and warm smile at the Galveston County � Beach Parks Board, and at Moody Gardens, before he again retired, this time from Galveston County Road and Drainage Department Precinct 2.  He currently held the position of Chairman of Commissioners of the Galveston County Drainage District #1 and was a member of the University of Houston Alumni and Letterman�s Club in addition to the Texas High School Coach�s Association.

Preceded in death by his parents, John A. and Mary (Tombrella) Raitano; his daughter, Rosanette and his grandson, Joseph Scott Longcoy, survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 51 years, Margaret Ann Raitano; daughters and sons-in-law, Laura Jo and Wayne Longcoy of Lee�s Summit, MO, Marianne and Tony Ross of Sachse, TX; son, Joseph A. Raitano, Jr. of Santa Fe; brother, Johnny Raitano and sister, Josephine Morris and husband, J. P., all of Santa Fe; grandchildren, Lauren, Jeffrey, and David Longcoy, Devyn Raitano and Christopher Ross; brother-in-law, Matthew B. Whelton and wife, Barbara; sister-in-law, Jane Ratisseau and husband, Sid; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Reverend John Kappe, Celebrant.  Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery under the direction of Hayes Funeral Home.

Casketbearers will be Steve Jamail, James Morris, Todd Morris, Charles Phinney, Earl Routh, Don Schattel, Kevin Whelton and Mark Whelton.  Honorary bearers will be Eddie Janek, Bryan Lamb, Anna Milligan and Earl Hooper.

Visitation will be from 5:00 � 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes, with a Vigil service beginning at 7:00 p.m. conducted by Sister Mary Anne Hollmann.

Those who wish to honor Mr. Raitano�s memory may consider making memorials in the form of donations to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Building Fund, or to the charity of your choice.




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