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Sargio Joseph De Michiel

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Sargio Joseph De Michiel Obituary
Sargio Joseph De Michiel of New London Sargio Joseph De Michiel, 83, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family and wife Joan. He died on the first day of spring, a fitting parting, as it was a day of new beginnings. Raised in New York City, he proudly served our country as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp in occupied China at the end of World War II. While serving, he was a Golden Gloves lightweight champion boxer. After leaving the service, he resumed his fine arts studies at The Arts Students League in New York City and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He met his wife Joan Kabalan in Philadelphia. They married in Cape May, N.J. and later resided in New London, Pa., where they raised their eight children. Sargio was not only prolific of family, while operating "Sargio Signs", a successful commercial sign business, but continued his fine arts endeavors in other artistic mediums including sculpting, pottery and wood carving. His entrepreneurial spirit led into many endeavors, including building his own homes, owning several restaurants and farming. Later in life Sargio taught art classes at the Chester County Art Association, the Academy of Lifelong Learning in Wilmington, the Harrisburg Art Association and his home studio. Sargio was compassionate about his community and was a strong advocate for the rights of the developmentally disabled. He is survived by his wife Joan; daughters, Dianne (Doug), Maria (Angelo); and sons, Sante (Amy), Mark (Janice), Greg (Lauren), Jeff (Donna) and Brian. He is also survived by his 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He has joined his beloved daughter, Joanne and sisters, Olimpia and Gloria and his father and mother, Sante and Maria De Michiel. You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 9 to 11 on Saturday morning, March 24, at Assumption BVM Church, 300 State Road, West Grove. His funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com Arrangements by the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home, West Grove, (phone: 610-869-2685)

Published in The Daily Local on Mar. 22, 2012
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