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Joseph F. Gentile 1927 - 2012 NORTH ADAMS Joseph Francis Gentile, 84, of 88 Walker St., North Adams, died Monday Feb. 13, 2012, at his home. He was born in North Adams on March 5, 1927, son of Michael Gentile and Gertrude (Andrews) Gentile LaFountaine. He attended North Adams schools and graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1944. An excellent athlete, Gentile was a member of Drury's 1943 undefeated county football champions. The team was decimated, as athletes enlisted in the Armed Forces in the wake of the outbreak of World War II. The team, with only 18 players in the roster, went undefeated. In the annual Adams-Drury game that October, Gentile scored both touchdowns in a 12-0 Drury win. He remains one of the few players in the long history of the rivalry to score all the points in the game. He was named to the All-Berkshire football team and was one of the first Blue Devils to be named to the Springfield Republican's All-Western Mass Team in any sport. He attended St. Michael's College in Winooski, VT, where he also played football, and later played with several semi-pro teams in the area, including the Adams Saints. Joe was a veteran of World War II and served in the US Navy. He was last employed by General Electric Co. as a draftsman in its Naval Ordnance Dept. for many years until his retirement. Joe was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Church and a member of its Adoration Society. He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Taconic Golf Club. In 1988, Gentile scored a hole in one at North Adams Country Club. Joe was an exceptional bowler, and appeared on "TV Tournament Time" several times in the 1960s, winning two tournaments. He was a rare bowler who bowled both tenpins and candlepins. Joe was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club and a New England Patriots football fan. Survivors include his wife, the former Sylvia Godyn, whom he married on May 30, 1998; four daughters, Mary Beth Chapman and her husband, Edward, of Arlington, TX, Melanie Gelaznik of Adams, Hilary Gentile of Manchester, CT, and Karla Ball and her husband, Douglass, of Bennington, VT; one son, Derek Gentile of Great Barrington; one stepson, William Sweet and his wife, Valerie, of Northampton; five grandchildren, Kane Gelaznik, Kyle Gelaznik, Nicholas Chapman, Shira Sweet, and Ari Sweet. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Joseph Gentile will be celebrated Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at 10:30 AM at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will be in the spring in Southview Cemetery. Calling hours at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, are Friday morning from 9-10 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Berkshire Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 15, 2012
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