HASTINGS — FERRETTI – Renato “Ren,” 91, Hastings, died Sept. 5, 2013. Born Sept. 24, 1921, in Hastings, son of John and Angela (Mantovani) Ferretti. Preceded in death by parents; sister, Ada Koval; brother-in-law, Andrew Koval; sister-in-law, Minnie Ferretti; aunt, Laura Pagano; and special friend, Mary Nesador. Survived by brother, Dino Ferretti; nieces, Angela (Dave) Shutty, Adele (Sam) Piccioni, Julianne (Chuck) Bishop, Mary (Richard) Marinari, Rose (Dennis) Harrington; and nephews, John (Diane) Ferretti, Michael (Nancy) Koval, John Koval. Also survived by great-nieces, Kristen, Alyssa, Stephanie, Jennifer, Theresa, Catherine and Carina; great-nephews, Matt, Anthony, Andy, Dennis, John, Joseph and Dominic; and great-great-nieces and -nephews, Caleb, Taylor, Elijah and Hailey. Ren graduated from St. Francis College in 1943 with a degree in chemistry. He then joined the Army. Based on his educational background, he was selected for the Manhattan Project. He next attended Lehigh University as part of the program. His educational performance got him selected to the Chicago Team of the Manhattan Project, which was the development of the American atomic bomb. His part was to develop a means of measuring the effect of radiation on the human body, which he successfully did. During his work on the Manhattan Project, he was in the regular company of several Nobel Prize winning scientists. After the war, he went on to graduate school at Georgetown University, having earned a master’s degree in chemistry. He had a short stint as an entrepreneur with his childhood friend Wendell Rouch. They had a metallurgical mine in West Virginia, where Ren applied his chemical background to develop a method for separating out the good metal. From there, Ren went on to work at the Department of Agriculture for the federal government in Maryland. He worked on testing many new types of food and drug products in animals to ascertain what their effects would be on the human body. He worked there until he retired in 1984. At that time, he returned to live on the family farm, where enjoyed gardening, photography, bird watching and enjoying lunch daily at Dino & Minnie’s. While Ren was never married, he was always a wonderful uncle to his eight nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and -nephews. He was a gracious and giving man to all of us. For the entire family he will always be remembered as Uncle Ren. Friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at Easly-Hindman Funeral Home, 333 Beaver St., Hastings. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Interment, church cemetery. Any donation can be made to Sisters of Saint Ann, P.O. Box 328, 1120 N. Center St., Ebensburg, Pa. 15931. Arrangements in care of Easly-Hindman Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., exclusive provider of “Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at HindmanFuneralHomes.com.
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Charles Wesley Moonly Jr.
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John R. Haywood
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Elizabeth Anne Muncert
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Mary Grace Spodinak
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Ernest R. Contrillo
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