Joseph F. Orabona, a 56 year resident of Sudbury, died Monday, April 22, following a period of declining health. He was 91 and the husband for 61 years of Marjorie (Seifert) Orabona. Born in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Giuseppe and Antonia Orabona, and was a graduate of New Bedford High School in 1939. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1942 thru 1946 as a Machinist Mate 2nd Class on Fletcher | class Destroyers in the Pacific Theater. He was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and the World War II Victory Metal among other and was recalled to naval service in the Korean conflict. Following graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1955, Mr. Orabona worked for the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys Lincoln Labs as a mechanical engineer. In addition to his wife, Marjorie, is survived by 5 children; Marcus Orabona of Ormond Beach, FL; Lisa Atwood of Woodstock, CT; Andrea Orabona of Lander, WY; Justin Orabona of Manassas, VA; and Lucas Orabona of Hudson, MA. He also leaves 10 grandchildren; Ashley Bailey; Jamison and Jessica Atwood; Quinn Cerovski; and Lindsey, Laine , Michael , Emily , David and Danielle Orabona; and 2 great grandchildren, Jaedin and Kaspen Orabona. He is also survived by his sisters Olga Cardullo and Mary Balestracci of New Bedford, MA. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 27, at 12:00 oclock Noon from the Duckett-J. S. Waterman & Sons Home of Memorial Tribute followed by a funeral mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 160 Concord Road, Sudbury at 1:00 pm. Burial with Naval Honors will be at Wadsworth Cemetery, Sudbury. Rather than flowers, the family suggests that contributions in Josephs memory be made to Sudbury Goodnow Library Foundation, 21 Concord Rd., Sudbury, MA 01776. For additional information, tributes and guest book please visit www.duckett-waterman.com.
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Published in The Sudbury Town Crier from Apr. 24 to May 1, 2013