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The Telegram
  • Joseph P. Cirelli

  • Mr. Joseph P. Cirelli, 81, of 411 Church St., passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at home with his loving family by his side.

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  • Mr. Joseph P. Cirelli, 81, of 411 Church St., passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at home with his loving family by his side.
    Joe was born in Herkimer on March 19, 1930, the son of the late Anthony and Mary Norod Cirelli and he attended Herkimer schools. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict with the 655th AC&W squadron and was honorably discharged on Nov. 30, 1953. He later attended MVCC for graphic arts, illustration and photography. He was married to Joan Audrey Hough on March 6, 1969, in Herkimer. Mrs. Cirelli passed away on Nov. 9, 2002. Mr. Cirelli was at one time employed by Kodak, MDS, Grumman Aeronautics, NASA and lastly for Griffiss Air Force Base. He was a devout Catholic and a communicant of Saints Anthony’s and Joseph’s Church, Herkimer, and was a member of its glee club. At one time, Joe and his wife owned an antique business. He also was an attendant at the Iocovozzi Funeral Homes, was a volunteer at the food pantry, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, T.R. George Post and the Polish Club.
    Joe is survived by two daughters, Kathleen J. Collins Phaneuf, of Poughkeepsie, and Beth Ann Collins, of Herkimer; four sisters and one brother-in-law, Pauline Cesarini, of Frankfort, Frances Matthews, of Frankfort, Dolores and Mario Restante, of Little Falls, and Gloria Mac Comber, of Schuyler; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Peter and Eleanor Cirelli, of Herkimer, Anthony and Betsy Cirelli, of Herkimer, and Nicholas and Dorothy Cirelli, of Seattle, Wash.; his sister-in-law, Deborah Reed of Dalton, Mass.; his beloved grandchildren, Eliza Lynn and her husband, Brian Hall, Rachael and her husband, Paul Lee, and Robert Edward Johnson III; his great-grandchildren, Brogan, Joseph, Paul, Audrey Rae, Abigail and Lexis; his nieces and nephews, Peter and Tina Cirelli, Brian and Tina Cirelli, Anthony and Tina Cirelli, Joanne and Danny Courto, Marietta and Gary Trant, Larry Cesarini, Kevin Cesarini, Paul and Janet Restante, Sherry and Scott Kreuitzer, Vincent Cirelli and his companion, April, Joseph Cirelli, Kevin Hilsinger, Clarissa Mac Comber, Holly Mac Comber, Trevor Mac Comber, Bianca Cirelli and Anthony Cirelli and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his great-grandson, Andrew Andrioli, on Oct. 18, 2002, and his niece, Andrea Hilsinger, on Jan. 27, 2011.
    His funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9 a.m. from the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home, 329 S. Washington St., Herkimer, and at 9:30 a.m. in Saints Anthony’s and Joseph’s Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Thomas Vail. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home. In Lieu of flowers, Joe has asked for mass intentions for he and his wife.
    Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Joe’s online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com.
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