Dr. Ralph F. Del Monico, D.D.S., 76, of River Forest, a well-known dentist and local musician, died on May 12, 2012 in Indianapolis while awaiting a liver transplant. Born on Aug. 10, 1935 in Chicago, he held degrees from Northwestern University in music and from Loyola Dental School. He taught music in Chicago schools before pursuing his dental degree. Dr. Del Monico practiced with his sons Ralph T. and Frank A. Trocchio at 7310 W. North Ave. in Elmwood Park.
He was also known as a clarinetist and played in a number of local musical groups, including the River Forest Band, and was a member of the Chicago's musicians union. Dr. Del Monico had a number of musicians as patients and understood the role of proper dental hygiene in how well a musician can play a wind instrument or horn. He practiced his clarinet an hour or more each day until liver disease forced him to stop last September.
Dr. Del Monico was a member of the Oak Park-River Forest Rotary for nearly 20 years, served as chairman of the Paul Harris Fellows Committee, and was a Rotary Foundation sustaining member. He was also a member of the Sons of Italy.
Ralph Del Monico is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Bernadette; his children, Ralph T. Del Monico, D.D.S., and Ann Marie; and his two grandchildren.
Visitation will take place from 3-9 p.m. on May 18 at Galewood Chapels, 1857 N. Harlem Ave., Chicago. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., May 19, at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, 1530 Jackson Ave. (at North) in River Forest.