Dorothy V. Ranallo of North Buffalo, wife of former Buffalo Courier-Express sportswriter Phil Ranallo, died Wednesday in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. She was 80.
Born Dorothy Eleey in Niagara Falls, she attended Buffalo schools. A homemaker, she was a member of the Greatest Mothers Club and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.
Mrs. Ranallo -- in the guise of a semi-fictional character known as "Ruby" -- was often the subject of her husband's columns about "Honest Harry," a typical Buffalo horseplayer and sports fan.
Each July at Fort Erie Race Track, she and members of her family would present a trophy to the winner of a race named in her husband's honor.
Her husband of 42 years died in 1986.
Surviving are a daughter, Susan Wischerath of Buffalo; five sons, Thomas of Pittsburgh, John of Bay City, Mich., Tim of Buffalo, Mark of Portland, Ore., and Paul of the Town of Tonawanda; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Rose of Lima Church, Parkside and Parker avenues, after prayers at 9:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 1132 Delaware Ave. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.