NORTH HAVEN - Joseph Ralph Finelli, Sr., 90, formerly of Mansfield Road, North Haven passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Regency House, Wallingford. He was the beloved husband of 69 years Joseph Ralph Finelli, Sr., 90, of Branford, formerly of Mansfield Road, to Josephine Redenti Finelli.
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Joseph was born in New Haven on Aug.22, 1923, son of the late Giovanni and Maria Michele Cappelli Finelli; he served his country faithfully in the U.S. Navy during World War II having received the American Area and Asiatic-Pacific Ribbons. Joseph was the owner and operator of the former Statewide Motors of North Haven for many years and a partner with Empire Car Wash of North Haven and the State Street Associates. He was a member of the Greater New Haven New Cars Dealers Association; the New Haven Lion's Club and the Knights of Columbus-Father Donaher Council, North Haven.
He was the loving father of Mary (Louis) Giangola, John Finelli and Joseph (Rosemary) Finelli; beloved grandfather of Dina (Peter) Guarino, Louis and Christopher Giangola, John, Lindsay and Joseph Finelli, Michael (Amanda) Finelli; great-grandfather of Gabriella, Sofia and Peter Guarino, John Finelli, Jr., Skyler and Lilly Finelli, and Mackenzie Finelli whose due in August; loving brother of Carmel Finelli, Gloria Callandrelli, John Finelli, Concetta Camera and the late Rose Damiati, Antoinette Travaglino and Mollie Pascale.
The family would like to extend a special "thank you" to all the nurses and staff of the Regency House for the excellent, loving care they provided to Joseph and their family.
His funeral procession left the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave., Tuesday, April 30. A Mass of Christian burial was followed in St. Barnabas Church. Entombment with full military honors was followed in the All Saints Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the CT Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.
North Haven Funeral Home, Inc.
36 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT 06473-2309
Published in North Haven Citizen on May 2, 2014