D'ELIA, SECONDO, 92
Lee, MA - Secondo D'Elia, 92, of Leonard Road, Otis, died Wednesday, June 12 at Berkshire Medical Center. He was born in S. Salerno, Italy on January 28, 1921, son of Baldassare and Filomena Gennatasia D'Elia. Secondo arrived in the United States on April 14, 1921 and graduated from Holyoke High School in 1940.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. from 1942 to 1943, then following his military service, worked from 1943 to 1968 as a Metallurgist Supervisor of the Metal X-ray Laboratory at Chapman Valve in Indian Orchard. He and his wife, the former Dorathea Buchholcz, were married July 11, 1959. In 1968, they moved to Ocala, Florida, where he worked in sales at Sports City for over a decade. Together, Secondo and Dorathea later relocated to Otis, MA to enjoy their retirement.
He was an avid reader of history and loved photography, taking pictures, woodworking and carpentry.
In addition to his wife of 53 years, Secondo is survived by his son, Douglas D'Elia and his wife, Liz, of Tully, NY, two daughters, Donna D'Elia Owen and her husband, Steve, of Glendale, AZ, Diane Blaisdall and her husband, Ken, of Chandler, AZ, as well as Dorathea's daughters, Carol Blakeslee of Otis, MA and Linda Whitford of Easthampton, MA. He also leaves thirteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Secondo D'Elia will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Lee. There will be no visiting hours and burial will be private for the family in Otis Cemetery. Friends wishing may make donations in Secondo's memory to the Shriner's Hospital or to the First Congregational Church in Lee in care of the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main Street, Lee, MA 01238.
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