Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home - Newark
121 W. Park Place
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 368-9500
More Obituaries for Joseph Petrilli
Looking for an obituary for a different person with this name?

Joseph R. Petrilli Sr.

1942 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Joseph R. Petrilli Sr. Obituary
The Honorable Joseph R. Petrilli, Sr.

AGE: 72 • Middletown

Joseph Robert Petrilli, Sr., age 72, of Middletown, DE, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

Born in Philadelphia, PA on November 23, 1942, Joseph was the son of the late Gustav and Agnes Petrilli. He was a graduate of Father Judge High School and would later attend Penn State University. After completing his education, Joe accepted a position as an engineer with the DuPont Company, retiring after many years of dedicated service. His passion for politics lead him to serve the citizens of Delaware for over 20 years as a state representative, Speaker of the House and as House Majority Leader.

Joseph was an avid Philadelphia sports fan and enjoyed golfing and skiing in his leisure time. He looked forward to traveling and recently achieved his goal of visiting all 50 states. Happiest in the company of his beloved family, Joseph adored spending time with his loved ones, especially his grandchildren, whom he cherished.

Joseph is survived by his sons, Joseph Robert Petrilli, Jr. (Holly) of Kings Mountain, NC. Ryan A. Petrilli of Charlotte, NC and Randy T. Petrilli of Fort Collins, CO; and grandchildren, Payton, Mark, Kailyn, James and Rylee.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday afternoon, September 2, 2015, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joseph's memory may be made to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, c/o Christiana Care, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899.

To sign guest book, visit





Published in The News Journal on Aug. 31, 2015
Read More
More Information
Planning Guide
Send Me a Planning Guide
Free funeral planning guide compliments of Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home - Newark