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895 Route 82
P.O. Box A
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Phone: 845-221-2000
Fax: 845-227-1862
Ronald Mombello

Ronald Peter Mombello

Friday, August 12th, 1932 - Sunday, September 29th, 2019
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EAST FISHKILL - Ronald Peter Mombello, 87, passed away at home in Hopewell Junction on Sunday, September 29, 2019.

Son of the late Dr. Peter and Lee (DiBugno) Mombello, he was born in New York City on August 12, 1932. After attending the Salisbury School in Connecticut, he went on to earn a B.A. from Hobart College in 1953, where he was active in the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He later received an M.B.A. from Indiana University. Ronald served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1957.

He resided in Laguna Beach, CA for many years, where he worked as a Junior High School teacher. He wrote for several television programs including “Hollywood Squares” and “I Love Lucy”. Ronald relocated to New York, where he became an acting coach and author of several books such as “The Martial Artist as a Work of Art” and “Inspired: The Autobiography of an American Actor”. He also shared his interest in cinema as a movie critic for the Southern Dutchess News, as he provided commentary in the newspaper’s review columns, “On The Aisle” and more recently “On The Couch”.

Ronald was dedicated to Sigma Chi throughout his entire life, and for many years served as the fraternity’s Grand Praetor. He was also dedicated to the conservation of wildlife, especially wolves.

He is survived by his brother, Dr. Gary E. Mombello of Northford, CT; as well as his niece and nephews in addition to many grandnieces and grandnephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10am - 11 am at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Wolf Conservation Center, P.O. Box 421, South Salem, NY 10590 ( or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill. For online tributes, please visit
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    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc.
    1089 Main Street
    FISHKILL, NY 12524
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    Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Wolf Conservation Center, P.O. Box 421, South Salem, NY 10590 or at his webpage at

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Tom Weisel

Posted at 09:38pm
He was a conservative liberal, and a liberal conservative; a philosopher king, and a pragmatic plebe; a realistic idealist and an idealistic realist; attune to human foibles, and a passionate humanist; a great listener, who was brimming with ideas; fiercely private, yet enjoyed nothing more than a shared experience; a great student, a great teacher. Movie reviews were not egotistical assertions, but rather opportunities to give historical context, to think, to learn, to reflect. His spacious smile, encyclopedic vocabulary (bonhomie!); his quirks... like, was it, 7 lemon slices with every dinner?! Our peripatetic conversations at dinner, each a unique mosaic of ideas. HEY, KIDDO. What a great, unique, special friend. Thanks, Ron, I mean, I REALLY thank you. Aren't we due for Tiramasu? Ron is dead. I can't get it through my head.....I miss you, Ron.


Posted at 07:56pm
From the moment I met you I knew that you had a kind, unique and compassionate heart. I have so many memories of you and I hugging and kissing and you telling me “Bye” when you had enough of my nonsense. I wasn’t thrilled by being your #1.....I wanted to be your only one.

I will take you with me every day....every where I go. I miss you.

Ronald Peter Handwerk

Posted at 10:02am
Growing up as a child, Ron would always send letters of wisdom and encouragement on my birthday - usually accompanied by a choice book. Throughout the years we would talk a few times a year and it was always great to get to know him a little better each time. I was just thinking after our last conversation on August 12, 2019 that I needed to check in with him more often. It had been 22 years since I last saw him at my wedding. The write-up he created about that day still hangs on the wall in our den. Per his request I sent him an email with pictures of the now teenage kids. As customary, he hung up saying... "I love you kiddo!"

He'll be deeply missed. RIP.

Karl Thielking

Posted at 07:34am
Brother Ron,

Your personal friendship and absolute adherence to the fundamental principles and teachings of Sigma Chi always made your life a lighthouse for me to steer toward. You made a difference in my own life and I know in so many others. I will mourn loosing the ability to reach out to you, but always celebrate what you game to me and the world. You always fought the good fight, and although your work is done you have left your mark forever.

All Honor to Your Name!!

Tom Roberts

Posted at 04:58pm
In Hoc Brother Ron!

Your service to Sigma Chi as Grand Praetor was exemplary. You touched the lives of young men and alumni is so many positive ways.

All Honor to Your Name!!

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