Clement Anthony Ippolito

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DOVER - Clement Anthony Ippolito, Jr., retired Dover U.S.P.S. mailman, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2013. Born on Sept. 12, 1922 to Clement Anthony Ippolito, Sr and Irene Petruccio Ippolito in Belleville, N.J. Clem was the fifth of ten children. He attended Belleville High School and was very proud of participating in the Civilian Conservation Corps as a teenager. On Dec. 12, 1942 Clem was called to military service in the U.S. Army. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant in the 3rd Battalion, 398th Infantry, 100th Infantry Division in Europe. He served as a light mortar section leader in charge and was responsible for seventeen men. Clem took part in two campaigns, Central Europe and the Rhineland. Among his awards were the Combat Infantry Badge, the Presidential Unit Citation with one Oak-leaf cluster, and others. One of his proudest moments was when Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower shook his hand in France. Clem was honorably discharged on March 17, 1946 In 1950, Clem married Dolores Giammarino of Montclair, N.J. They remained happily married for over 36 years until Dolores's death in 1986. Clem was an avid bowler and golfer. He was a member of Holy Cross Parish in Dover as well as several veteran and fraternal organizations. Clem is survived by his three children, James C. and his spouse, Elaine R. Ippolito of Lewes, Del.; Judith D. Martin of Bridgeville, Del.; and Thomas C. Ippolito of Baltimore, Md.; his three grandchildren, Jacy C. and his spouse, E.M. Victoria Ippolito of Melrose, Mass.; Mirah Ippolito of Baltimore, Md.; and Erin Simmons of Washington, DC; and his great-grandchildren, Milo and Emily Ippolito of Melrose, Mass. four siblings and many nieces and nephews survive Clem. To Clem the "glass of life" was always full of excitement and adventure. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, July 1, 2013 in Holy Cross Cemetery located at New and William Street in Dover. Interment will follow. Family suggests donations in his memory to Delaware Hospice located at 911 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Life's End Services are by Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc. Condolences may be made via www.ambruso.com

Published in NewsZapDE on June 30, 2013
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