Philip Joseph Lunetta

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On Sunday, January 5, 2014, Philip Joseph Lunetta, 93, passed through the Gates of Heaven to be with God and to join his beloved wife, Frances Marie Gagliano Lunetta. He was born on Christmas Day, 1920, in New Orleans, LA to Italian immigrants, the late Saverio Lunetta and Maria (Mary) Plescia Lunetta. The third of nine children, he was the brother of Mercione (Mitchell) Lunetta, Marie Ann Lunetta and the late Rosalie L. Reinach, Fanny L. Simpson, Rita Elucia (Lucy) Lunetta, Anna Marion Lunetta, Gloria Mae Lunetta and Frank John Lunetta. He will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Philip was a longtime resident of New Orleans and Chalmette, LA and recently resided in Lithia Springs, GA. He worked for Mattix Cabinet Works, Inc. Later he was offered a position with Charity Hospital of New Orleans, where he retired. After he completed his carpentry/drafting/cabinetmaking studies at Isaac Delgado Trades School of New Orleans in July 1940, he honed these skills at Higgins Industrials, New Orleans, LA until World War II. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served aboard the U.S.S. Colorado, a 32,600-ton battleship, deployed to the Pacific. In addition to his duties as a Carpenter's Mate Third Class, he was a loader with a sixteen-inch gun crew in defense against enemy action and also in support of American troops landing throughout the Pacific. On occasion, Philip would reminisce of the comradery among his shipmates and subsequent loss of life after Colorado's engagements with Japanese shore batteries or Kamikaze suicide planes. In contrast, he remembered in vivid detail the alluring beauty of the Pacific Ocean, its horizons and rainbows. He said that he felt safe aboard his "mother ship." He also enjoyed sharing historical U.S.S. Colorado documentation, in particular, a professional photo of the ship as it sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for arrival in San Francisco, CA. The ship's personnel stood topside when the picture was taken at the war's end. The Colorado received seven battle stars for World War II services. Her bell is currently on display in the University Memorial Center (UMC) at the University of Colorado. Among Philip's service awards are one bar for the American Theater, six bars for the Asiatic Pacific, and one bar for the Philippine Liberation. After the war, Philip married, purchased a home, which he remodeled completely, and raised a family. He whistled the Navy reveille every Saturday morning to get his daughters out of bed. He had a wonderful ability to laugh at himself when needed. He was a master carpenter and cabinetmaker. He met any challenge with faithful determination to get it done right. He enjoyed sharing with a captive audience the knowledge of his trade and photos of his projects. Many of his masterpieces are displayed in the homes of family and friends. Throughout his life, he carried a spirit of excellence. Philip will be remembered as a faithful husband, a loving father, a hard-working craftsman and a proud American member of "The Greatest Generation." The following quote from Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet" best describes Philip's life: "Work is love made visible." He will be forever missed by his two daughters and their husbands: Catherine L. Shea and Robert Shea, Deborah L. Theriot and Terry Theriot; three grandchildren: Kevin P. Shea, Janet S. Totora (Steve) and Todd D. Theriot (Vicki); and two great-granddaughters: Gloria and Olivia Theriot. The family expresses sincere appreciation to the staff of Sweetwater Springs Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Lithia Springs, GA and the staff of Halcyon House in Atlanta, GA for their compassionate care of our father. Family and friends are invited to attend services on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA. Visitation will be from 9:30AM – 11:30AM, followed by a Catholic Funeral Mass beginning at 11:30AM. Interment will follow in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. To view and sign the Family Guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com.
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Chalmette, LA 70043
(504) 279-6376
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Jan. 8 to Jan. 11, 2014
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