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Poughkeepsie, NY - Joseph C. Paganelli, a lifetime resident of Poughkeepsie, died peacefully at home on January 5. Joseph was born, April 15, 1924, and was the son of Anthony and Rosaria (Fama) Paganelli.
He attended Franklin grammar school and Poughkeepsie High School. He was a proud veteran of the US Army, serving during World War II from March, 1943 until October, 1945. He served as Sargent Joseph Paganelli, 2nd Platoon, B Troop, 106th Cavalry Squadron of the 106th Cavalry Group. The 106th was attached to the 3rd Army, XII Corps, 79th Infantry Division to support their drive through France. As a Reconnaissance Sargent, Joe was in charge of a Machine Gun "Bantam" jeep. These jeeps had a radio and side mounted machine gun with a 3 man crew, the driver, the radio operator, and the Sgt. In command. In early October, 1944, the 106th fought in and around Foret de Parroy (The Parroy Forest). Sgt. Paganelli was wounded on October 6th during many mortar and artillery barrages endured during this period. He received multiple shrapnel wounds to his left arm. Joe was awarded the Purple Heart on October 10, 1944, and recovered from his wounds and returned to Troop B. He was also a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and is enrolled in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.
Upon discharge from the service, he worked at Western Publishing Company as a photo engraver, retiring in 1983, after 42 years. On February 1, 1948, he married Rosalie A. Calenti. He was an active member of VFW Post 170, the American Legion Post 1466, and a lifetime member of the Poughkeepsie Firemen's Exempt Club.
Joseph is survived by his daughter, Darlene Valley O'Neil and her husband, Robert O'Neil of Millbrook, daughter-in-law, JoAnn Paganelli, Hyde Park, brother, Frank Paganelli of Carey, North Carolina, granddaughter, Markie Anne Pottenburg, Poughkeepsie, grandson, Michael Licis, his wife, Laura of Millbrook, granddaughter, Ashley Licis, her fiance, John Page, Jr. of Pawling, grandson, Cody Valley and wife, Valeen of Poughkeepsie, step grandchildren, Shannon O'Neil, Danny O'Neil, Toni Pulber, Antoinette Phillips, Anthony Mollica and Prudence Mollica. He is also survived by great grandchildren, Jaydin Carney, Sydney and Evelyn Licis, Anthony and Nicoletta Mollica, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Mark A. Paganelli, daughter, Dawn M. Licis, brothers, John and Charlie Commandatore, sister Mamie, brother, Richard (Ace) Paganelli and sisters, Louise and Carmela Paonessa.
Joe will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor and love of practical jokes and his love for his family, friends and animals. The family wishes to thank his neighbors, Darren Perotta and family and John Robertson for being such kind and caring neighbors.
Calling hours will take place Wednesday, January 9th from 4 PM-8 PM at the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home Inc., 218 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Wheelchair entrance is located in the rear of the funeral home off Vassar Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 am, Thursday, January 10th at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Poughkeepsie, with burial to follow in St. Peter's Cemetery, Poughkeepsie. Memorial donations may be made to VFW, Post #170, 1 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. For directions or online condolences, please visit our web site at www.torsonememorial.com
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2013