Fiore N. "Mr. Softee" Tochelli, 94, of Carbondale, died peacefully Thursday afternoon at home. He was the husband of the former Joan R. Vymlatil, who died Aug. 20, 2010.
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Born in Carbondale, Pa., he was the son of the late Augustino and Rose Cerra Tochelli.
He was a graduate of the Benjamin Franklin High School, class of 1939, Carbondale. He also graduated from Lackawanna Business College, Scranton, and received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Scranton. He was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theatre and received a Purple Heart. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Carbondale.
His passion in life was sales, and he had been employed as a salesman for Sugerman's Department Store and the Burlington Coat Factory both in Eynon. He also worked in accounting at Hendrick Manufacturing, Carbondale. He was well known in Carbondale as Mr. Softee, having owned an ice cream truck many years ago.
He enjoyed gardening and spending time in the
The family would like to thank all those who assisted them in Fiore's care, including the entire staff of Home Health Hospice, Mary Ann Dunleavy, Vicki Whitelavich, Delores Judge, Sharon Cooke, Cindy Wilce Kilhullen and especially Sue, Debbie and Christina, who were with him during the last week of his life.
He is survived by a son, Harold Tochelli and wife, Sandy, Urbana, Ohio; two granddaughters, who were his caregivers, Cathy Tochelli and boyfriend, Wayne Scotch, with whom he resided; and Angelina Curtis and husband, Bobby, Carbondale; a sister, Carmella Cerene, Archbald; a brother, Phillip Tochelli, Jermyn; and several nieces and nephews including, Tommy Cerene, who was also his godson.
He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Jonathan Tochelli; four sisters, Elsie Bruno, Rose Otto, Theresa Veina and Lena Perkins.
The funeral will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. from the Carmine J. & Louis C. Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Farview and 41st streets, Carbondale, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 15 Fallbrook St., Carbondale. Interment with military honors, parish cemetery, Carbondale.
Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Home Health Hospice, 940 Scranton Carbondale Highway, Eynon, PA 18403.
For directions, to send online condolences to the family or to view his online memorial scrapbook, please visit www.parisefuneral
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Published in Scranton Times on May 19, 2014