• Whitehurst-Norton-Dias Funeral Service
    Turlock, CA
In partnership with the Dignity Memorial® network
Philip Victor Fanelli 1932 - 2014
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Monday, April 28, 2014
I think back to the days when he was working for Tom Sawyer before he began his own successful dairy/cheese venture. Phil always had a great sense of humor , a true interest in people, and a kind and generous heart. He will be truly missed by many. We have been out of town and unable to attend the services, but know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Ernie and Mary Jane Scheuber
Monday, April 28, 2014
To the Fanelli family,
I am so sorry for your loss, May god give you comfort in knowing that Phil is resting in peace with the lord and is watching over all of you. I will never forget Phil, the large framed man with the even larger than life kind heart, with his hat on crooked who gave me my first pair of Jersey bull drop calves from the barnyard at the fair. I was only 9 years old and was so excited to take them home; I hadn't even asked permission from my parents if it was ok, because I knew that it would be, I mean come on, Phil “gave” them to me. The look on my dad's face when I told him we were taking them home was classic, but the smile on Phil's face to my dad was even better. One year later Phil again gave me another pair of Jersey drop bull calves, only this time my parents did not allow me to take them. Although the fun and excitement of raising the calves for me probably lasted for about a week, bags of milk replacer and bottle feeding I would say my dad did an excellent job in raising those bull calves that Phil “gave” me. That is also probably why my dad told Phil you give him any more cows and I'm giving him to you. Phil's kindness and contagious smile will always be remembered. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers with deepest sympathy
Monday, April 28, 2014
Our heartfelt sympathy to Nadine and the entire Fanelli
family .May you find comfort in family and friends and in
the precious memories you share. Philip and I have known
each other for the past 74 years . He made up part of the
wonderful Fanelli family. When he saw me he would never
call me Chet , but would always refer to me as "Gumps". He
will be missed by everyone who knew him. May he rest in
peace.
Chet and Kathy Campanella San Jose
Sunday, April 27, 2014
I have fond memories of the guy with the big grin and sideways hat over the 20 years I farmed in Hilmar. His passing is a loss to the whole Hilmar Community.
Friday, April 25, 2014
"Uncle Phil" was such a big influence in my life and the lives of countless other 4-Hers that were lucky enough to know and love him. He was always teasing us but it was done with love and in good fun. I remember when I first met him and he realized who my parents were. He had known them both since he was a young boy. At every 4-H event and at all of the fairs, he would have such a great time convincing me to be a part of his jokes on my Uncle Tommy. And then later on when I had kids, he was so kind and loving to them. He was the first to teach my son how to milk a cow. We laughed so hard, I thought I would cry. And my kids got the biggest kick out of how he wore his hat! He will truly be missed and our heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Fanelli family. No words can ease your loss but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you always. Heaven now has one hell of a dairyman running the show - go Jerseys!!! Rest in peace "faccia brut" you will truly be missed but the love we feel for you will go on.
Debbie, Josh and Jackie Pereira-Young
Friday, April 25, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family
Friday, April 25, 2014
To my dad Victor Fanelli
By Victoria Fanelli
My father's father went to Heaven, I know how he must have cried
He must have wished and willed him back, I know my father tried
The strength of the fathers in my blood line are that of steel and iron
The roar and the courage would tame and silence the mighty lion
It's so very hard to surrender all that strength and courage to Heaven, to allow him to gain his wings
But the comfort of the rainbow he sent me today made me smile as I know with a choir of Angels…he rests and he sings
The strength was passed from my father's father and in turn it has passed to me
The heart and the soul, the strength and the bloodline, live on in his legacy
Rest in peace Grandpa
Love Tori
Friday, April 25, 2014
Cousin Phil was such a special person. His joyful and loving spirit inspired us all. We will miss him.
Friday, April 25, 2014
I love you Dad with all my heart
And hate that we should be apart
Our love is a bond that can't be broken
You may be gone, but never forgotten

I remember the day you went away
The pain in my heart is every beat
But I know that eventually, one day
We will, once again meet

The loss is something I can't describe
I'm really going to miss you
One day I'll be back by your side
So I can hug and kiss you

There are no words to tell you,
Just what I'm feeling inside
The shock, the hurt, the anger
One day, will gradually subside

Things will never again be the same
And though I'm hurting quite bad
I will smile whenever I hear your name
And be so proud to remember my Dad
Friday, April 25, 2014
Thoughts & prayers sent to the whole FANELLI+ Family.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
To a truly wonderful man. He never seemed to meet a stranger. I enjoyed so much going out to the farm and getting to see all of his animals. It was awesome to see how great he was with kids. Lots of jewels for his crown. He will be very blessed in heaven.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
You will be missed
Thursday, April 24, 2014
This is Barbara daughter of Kenny Raven. Phil as I always called him was a great man. As long as I can remember he was around smiling.always smiling. He will be missed .I am happy to know he now as his real angel wings..we love you Phil.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
So sorry of Phil passing, he was a great guy, I enjoyed working with Phil for 25 years at the Merced county fair petting zoo.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Our deepest sympathy's for your loss.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Fanelli family during this time of sorrow. God Bless you all.....RIP Phil
Thursday, April 24, 2014
I will always have fond memories of Phil as he always wore a smile and was passionate about what he did and always had time to help others. He was a Legend and will be missed! May God be with the Fanelli family at this sad time
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Our prayers go out to all of the family, He was such a wonderful man. He was always smiling and kidding around with everyone. He always wore his hat to the side. :) He will be greatly missed
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fanelli family. With our deepest sympathy. May he rest in peace.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
our thoughts and prayers for the fanelli family. some of our fondest and funniest times are remembered with phil. a true believer in kids and a real model for them. dick & aggie haskett
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Our prayers are with the Fanelli family. I always enjoyed our discussions about Jerseys and he taught me many valuable lessons. A very pleasant fellow that all will miss.
Jim Huffard
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Thoughts and prayers to the Fanelli family. I have many memories of Phil and his cockeyed hat, at the fairs and 4-H camp. He was a lot of fun and had a big heart. He will be missed by many.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Our deepest condolences to Phil's family. He was a great man. May the Lord wrap his arms around all who are grieving.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Ours prayers are with the Fanelli family, at this difficult and sad time. May God bless this family and give them peace and comfort.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Love & prayers to "ALL" the Fanelli Family ! Thanks for sharing such a fun, great man / citizen with us all. They don't make them like that anymore. We will miss our "pizanno . Cathy & John Adams & family & Papa Cortopassi
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Our deepest condolences!! Now the angels will have someone that will make them smile!!!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
My condolences to all of Phil's family. He loved to tease me when he came to visit my dad. My boys just didn't understand when they were small why Phil wore his hat the way he did. He left us all with so many wonderful memories. We couldn't have been blessed as to know Phil as we did. Another angel gets his wings.
Your family is in our prayers.
Chad & Chris Wooten and family
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Fanelli Family: So sorry to hear of Phil's passing, he was a very sweet man I was fortunate to know. He was such a teaser, but always a good hearted soul. Hope your memories can help you thru this difficult time, RIP Phil, and my sympathies to the family and friends that his life touched....
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I knew Phil when my daughters were in 4H and FFA showing at the Fairs. He was a wonderful guy.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Our heart and prayers go out to you all in this difficult time.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I have wonderful memories of Phil. He loved to tease, always with his cap tilted sideways!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Our love and condolences to all of the family. Rest in peace Phil, Heaven gained another angel..
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to the Fanelli family. He was a sweet man and we loved him very much. You are in our prayers.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
My heart and prayers go out to the Fanelli family. Phil was a wonderful, kind and good man.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
My condolences to your family in this difficult time. I have very fond childhood memories spending time out at the dairy. Phil was a sweet man. God bless your entire family.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
RIP
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I will always remember seeing Phil around Hilmar in the coffee shops and at the fairs. I will remember him explaining about cows and different things in agriculture and FFA. He was always so kind and nice.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Phil was a great man. He did a lot for kids at the fair. I will miss seeing him with his hat on sideways
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Phil was an Awesome individual, who touched my life, and I was glad to call him, "friend."
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
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