RACINE - Fr. John D. Aiello, 70, passed away Friday, July 15, 2011, in Kenosha. He was born on November 28, 1940, in Kenosha, son of the late Luigi and Anne (nee: Scarlato) Aiello. He began his studies for the priesthood in 1954 at St. Francis Minor Seminary, continued in 1960 at DeSales Preparatory, and completed his priestly formation at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in 1969. Fr. Aiello was ordained to the priesthood on May 24, 1969, by The Most Rev. William E. Cousins at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee. Father's priestly ministry began June 17, 1969, as an Associate Pastor at St. Lucy Parish, Racine. On June 16, 1970, he was appointed Associate Pastor at St. Jerome Parish, Oconomowoc; appointed Chaplain at St. Luke's Hospital, Milwaukee on September 1, 1972; and appointed Associate Pastor at St. Sebastian Parish, Milwaukee on June 18, 1974. He was appointed the Secretary of the Metropolitan Tribunal on June 13, 1978, a position in which he served for the next 24 years. Father was appointed to his first pastorate on June 18, 2002, serving St. Joseph Parish, Racine until his retirement from active ministry this past June. Fr. John was a life member of the Apostolate of Suffering. He was a diehard Cubs fan and Packer fan. He loved good food, wine, and the company of family and friends. He will be dearly missed. Surviving are his sister, Rita (Vincent) Seliga of Pleasant Prairie; sister- in-law, Jill Aiello of Kenosha; nephew, Rick Aiello of Chicago, Ill.; nieces, Elizabeth (Geoff) Olson of Round Lake, Ill., Janel (Jeff) Wamboldt of Pleasant Prairie; four great- nieces, Taylor Wamboldt, Brooke Wamboldt, Abby Olson and Emily Olson; other relatives and many loving friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard. A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Fr. Aiello will be celebrated Friday, July 22, 2011, 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1533 Erie Street, Racine. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery in Kenosha. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church 3 until 7 p.m. and at the church on Friday 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Joseph's Catholic Church have been suggested. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Richard Odders, Father's caregivers at Ridgewood Care Center, St. Monica's Senior Citizen's Home, and St. Joseph's Home for their loving and compassionate care, and to his extended family at St. Joseph Parish for their out pouring of love. May he rest in peace. MARESH-MEREDITH AND ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME 803 Main Street 634-7888 Please send condolences to: www.meredithfuneralhome.com
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Published in Racine Journal Times on July 18, 2011