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Arnold J. Martinelli

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Arnold J. Martinelli Obituary
Arnold J. "Arnie" Martinelli, 93, of Conshohocken, died on September 19, 2013 at Mercy Suburban Hospital. He was the husband of the late Teresa A. (Gazzillo) Martinelli. He was born in Conshohocken on July 21, 1920 to the late Ernesto and Julia (Donnini) Martinelli. Arnold was a graduate of Conshohocken High School class of 1939, where he played varsity football. He worked various jobs including as a stock boy at W.T. Grants in Norristown, as a presser for Rambo and Riggers and for Herbert Hosiery in Norristown and as a box annealer at Schuylkill Iron, a subsidiary of Alan Wood Steel. In 1942 he was drafted into the Army Air Corps and served with the 375 Troop Carrier Group, 55 Squadron, 5th Air Force. He served in battle campaigns in Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea, South Philippines (Lib), Luzon, and Western Pacific. His decorations and citations include the Asiatic Pacific Medal with 5 bronze stars, Philippine Liberation Medal with one bronze star, Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster, and the Good Conduct Medal, he was honorably discharged in 1945 with rank of Staff Sergeant. Mr. Martinelli was employed as a Title Insurance Examiner for Montgomery Trust Company for 39 years until his retirement in 1985. He proudly served the Conshohocken community on the Zoning Hearing Board for 39 years, and he served as chairman for 10 years. It was a serious heart operation that convinced Arnie to retire from the board. Arnie was pleased with the achievements that were made in the borough through the years, and having a say on what he envisioned Conshohocken to become, a nice place to live. Arnie was an umpire for Conshohocken Little League for 16 years and the Babe Ruth League and slow pitch ball for 4 years. He was a member of the Committee for Veterans Memorials, the Andrew Lannutti Italian American War Veterans Post 18, the Conshohocken Bocce Club, and SS. Cosmas and Damian Church where he served as an Usher. He is survived by two daughters Arlene Grossman and husband Jack of Blue Bell, Lorraine Houseal and husband Chet of Audubon, his son Ernie Martinelli of Collegeville, six grandchildren Steven, Darren Grossman, Matthew Houseal, Michael, Lauren, and Marisa Martinelli, two great-grandchildren Grayden and Landon, a brother Mario Martinelli of East Norriton, and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by brothers Yonnie and Michael, a sister Anna. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at SS. Cosmas and Damian Church, 209 W. 5th Ave., Conshohocken. The Viewing will be Tuesday 8:00-9:30 a.m. at the Emil J. Ciavarelli Family Funeral Homes, 516 Fayette St., Conshohocken. Interment St. Matthew Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Arnold's name can be sent to the , 480 Norristown Rd. Ste. 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422. www.cancer.org. Condolences may be made at www.ciavarellifuneralhomes.com.

Published in www.timesherald.com on Sept. 21, 2013
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