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JOSEPH S. AMELLA

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Joseph S. Amella of Schaumburg With a heavy heart, his family announces the passing of Joseph S. Amella, 75, on Feb. 9, 2013, following a prolonged illness. He was the loving husband of the late Mary L. Amella (nee Gorie); loving father to his daughters, Gia M. (Giuseppe Mangione), Frances M. (fiance, David Chase) and his late son, Carmen M Amella; loving son of the late Carmen and the late Lucille (nee Alessi) Amella. He was a devoted brother to Frances (David) Varner, the late Stella M. (the late Anthony) Pauls and the late Stephen J. (Helga) Amella; and loving uncle and godfather to many. He was devoted partner to Renata Riccobon, with whom he shared the last years of his life; and a loyal friend to many. Born and raised in the Bridgeport neighborhood in Chicago, Mr. Amella served overseas in Germany as a radio operator and worked for many years in the insurance industry in the Chicago area and California. In 1976, he and his family moved to Northern California, where he successfully ran a spray-equipment business as well as operated several restaurants before returning to the Chicago area to become a top performing insurance broker until his retirement. An avid golfer and proud veteran, Mr. Amella loved history, travel and sports. Over the years he was involved with many Italian American organizations and was extremely proud of his Sicilian heritage. He was the most generous of men and one of a kind in every way. In lieu of flowers, a donation made to the preferred. Funeral Thursday, at 9 a.m. from the Morizzo Funeral Home, 2550 Hassell Road (at Barrington Road), Hoffman Estates, to the Church of the Holy Spirit, for Mass at 10 a.m. Entombment will be in St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. For information, 847-752-6444.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Feb. 12, 2013
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