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CHESTERFIELD - John Zelli, 91, of Chesterfield Township, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, Hamilton.
Born in Girardville, Pa., he grew up in Ringwald, Pa., and had resided in Chesterfield for the past 50 years. Mr. Zelli was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He retired in 1980 after more than 30 years from DeLaval Turbine, Hamilton. He was the owner/operator of Zelli's Christmas Tree Farm, Chesterfield, for 15 years until 1989. He was a former member of the Bordentown Elks. Mr. Zelli had a love of music and played the organ, piano and accordion.
Son of the late Carlo and Marion Russo Zelli, and brother of the late Ralph Zelli, he is survived by his loving wife, Catherine Chiarello Zelli; his children and their spouses, Carol Estilow, Carlo and John Zelli, Maria Alaimo, Robert and Barbara May, Frank and Ingrid May, Anthony and Siobhan May and Christopher May; his sisters, Louisa Guerrere, Anita Russo and Madeline Berardi; seven grandchildren, Bradley and Jason Estilow, Andrea Kelly and Anthony D'Artiglio, Brittney May, Anthony John May, Zachary May; five great-grandchildren, Colton, Dalton, Ava, Jake and Brooklyn; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 27, at the Brenna Funeral Home, 340 Hamilton Ave., Trenton. Entombment will follow in Saint Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum. Calling hours for family and friends will be on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m., and Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Brenna Funeral Home. To send condolences to the family or for directions please visit www.brennafuneralhome.com.
Published in The Trentonian on Nov. 26, 2013
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