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Albert A. D'Aniello Sr.

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Albert A. D'Aniello Sr., 96, of Port Charlotte, Florida, died peacefully Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Bay Front Health in Port Charlotte, following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of 73 years to the late Nila M. (Roper) D'Aniello, who passed on February 22, 2015. Born July 7, 1918 in New York, NY a son of the late John A. and Jenny D'Aniello, he was a resident of Port Charlotte for over 25 years, and was a former longtime Franklin resident. He was raised and educated in New York, and settled in Massachusetts in 1945. For over 30 years Mr. D'Aniello along with his late wife was the owners and operators of the former Caravan Restaurant, a landmark in the Town of Franklin, which opened its doors in 1962 on West Central Street. He served his country during World War II in the United States Army. He participated in the European Theater stationed in Northern France, and was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, the World War II Victory Medal and was honorably discharged in February 1945. Albert was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend, who enjoyed traveling, and spending time with his family. He was a Past Grand Knight of Marianna Florida Knights of Columbus, a member of the Franklin Knights of Columbus, a former past President of the Sons of Italy, Marianna, Florida, a Past Commander of Chapter 72 Franklin, past President of the Port Charlotte Lions Club, and was a member of the Italian American War Veterans in Malden. He is survived by his children; Albert A. D'Aniello Jr. and his wife Theresa of Franklin, John A. D'Aniello and his wife Agnes of Blackstone, M. Carol Szafir and her husband Mike of Port Charlotte, FL., Ronald F. D'Aniello and his wife Teri of Port Charlotte, FL., Lawrence E. D'Aniello of Blackstone, and the late Marsha D. Lussier. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 6 great great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by all. Albert was the brother of the late Francis X. Villa. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Thursday April 16th, at 9AM from the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St., with a funeral Mass in St. Mary's Church 1 Church Sq. Franklin at 10AM. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday April 15th, from 4-8PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675. Guestbook/directions www.oterifuneralhome.com

Published in The Country Gazette from Apr. 12 to Apr. 19, 2015
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