ATLAS — Robert B. Fanella, 89, of 211 W. Saylor St., passed away Monday, June 16, 2014, at home with his family by his side.
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He was born April 2, 1925, in Atlas, a son of the late Anthony and Concetta (Moffa) Fanella. He was a lifelong resident of Atlas.
He graduated from Mount Carmel Township High School in 1943.
Robert served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945. He attended basic training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, and attended NTS (radio) training at Northwestern University. He served in the Pacific Theater of Operations of World War II and attained the rank of radioman third class. He was involved in the invasions of Okinawa, Peleliu and the Western Caroline Islands aboard the USS Hydrus (AKA 28). He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Occupational Service Medal and World War II Medal. He was honorably discharged Dec. 15, 1945.
On June 13, 1958, in Elkton, Md., he married the former Joan M. Tocyloski, who survives.
He was co-owner and operator of R.B.F. Coal Company.
Robert was a member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, a life member of Atlas Fire Company, and president of Mount Carmel Township Fireman's Relief Association.
He loved spending time with his family and was a fan of the Mount Carmel Area Red Tornadoes, Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles.
In addition to his wife, Joan, he is survived by a son, Robert Fanella and his wife, Bernadette, of Kulpmont; a daughter, Susan Williams, of Mount Carmel; eight grandchildren, Robert, Candy, Kelley, Michael, Sean, Jesse, Brandon and Michael, and four great-grandchildren, Andrew, Ethan, Ben and Kelstin.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Henry, Sylvester, Ernest, Joseph, Danny, Grace, Flo, Eleanor, Dolores and Josephine.
FANELLA — Robert B. Fanella, 89, of 211 W. Saylor St., Atlas. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 47 S. Market St., Mount Carmel, with the Rev. Francis Karwacki as celebrant. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bear Gap. Viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday with vigil prayers at 8 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in the C.J. Lucas Funeral Home Inc., 27 N. Vine St., Mount Carmel, C.J. Lucas IV, supervisor. To send condolences to the family, go to www.cjlucasfuneralhome.com.
C. J. Lucas Funeral Home, Inc.
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Published in News Item on June 18, 2014