Peter Faggella
Faggella, Peter
of Tempe, Arizona, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 17, 2011. He was born July 21, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY and grew up on Long Island, NY, graduating from Malverne High School prior to coming to Tempe to attend Arizona State University. Pete was an active member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity while attending ASU. After graduation, he continued his involvement with the organization holding a variety of positions on both a local and national level. Pete served as a trustee for the fraternity and was presented with the "Hall of Honor" Award for his distinguished service to the organization. Pete was happily married to his wife Karen for 42 years and they had 2 children, Joe and Dena. He had a successful career in financial planning helping his clients plan for the future and achieve their financial goals and served as president of the "Tri City Life Underwriters" association. Pete had a passion for life and enjoyed sports, traveling and spending time with family and friends. He was an avid ASU supporter and a dedicated Sun Devil Football and Basketball season ticket holder. Pete and his family enjoyed traveling and exploring new places. One of his favorite destinations was San Diego where he enjoyed boating and spending time on the water. Pete also had a passion for trains. As a young boy he began collecting "O" gauge model trains, a hobby he continued through his adult life. Most will remember Pete as one who truly enjoyed life to the fullest. He had a positive attitude that was contagious to everyone around him. He was very caring and always went out of his way to help people. Pete loved his family, friends, his Sigma Nu fraternity and ASU. Pete is survived by his loving wife, Karen, his daughter and son-in-law, Dena and Eric Griffin of Gilbert and his son, Joe of San Diego; his mother, Louise Thompsen of Tempe; his sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Carl Kingsley of Phoenix and his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Johanna Faggella of Oceanside, New York along with many nieces and nephews. Pete has had a profound impact on the entire family and his zest for life is forever etched in our hearts and minds. Visitation will be held Friday, January 21, 2011 from 5:00 - 8:00pm at the Queen of Heaven Mortuary 1562 East Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ 85204. A Prayer Service will be celebrated Saturday, January 22 at 1:00pm with burial to follow, at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Queen of Heaven Mortuary.

Published by The Arizona Republic on Jan. 20, 2011.
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I just found out about your passing. You were one of the first people I met in our business and you always were very gracious to me. Most of our meetings we would talk about anything but business. There are few people that make an impact on you during your lifetime, but Pete was one of them. You will be missed.
Mark Gagliano
February 11, 2011
Pete was a great and accompished man that loved his family, friends and the brothers of Sigma Nu. He was a great mentor of men. HIs legacy will live on forever. Thank you Pete! En hoc, Jason P. Allen ZY 1041
Jason Allen
January 28, 2011
Karen and family:
I was so sorry to hear of Pete's passing. He has been a trusted friend and fraternity brother who gave me great advice and support over more than 30 years. Truly a gentleman. HIs presence at Sigma Nu at ASU since long before I arrived in 1984 as a pledge had a profound influence on countless individuals. And how he looked after and cared for John Thoren when he was ill spoke volumes about what brotherhood really means. No doubt they are right back at it all now that Pete has joined him.
My deepest condolences. You shared him a great deal, and many of us are grateful for having known him as we did as a result.
Neil Giuliano, ZY 745
January 28, 2011

Pete has been a great friend, mentor, and Sigma Nu over the past 30+ years. He always had great energy and insight. He also was never at a loss for words.

He will be missed by many.


Brian Amster ZY 531
January 26, 2011
Karen, Pete and I shared many priceless times together over the past 50 years. His wisdom, care and guidance since the passing of my beloved wife, Pamela, 26 months ago was critical to me. Thank you for sharing him with me. May you find some peace in knowing Pete is in a better place and that he had many wonderful friends who are always available if you need them.... Floyd ZY 108
Floyd Harris
January 23, 2011
Pete was a friend and business mentor for me as a young businessman back in 1990. I had only left ASU 2 years prior and was begining a dealership for SeaRay Boats in Tempe at the time. I valued his wisdom and guidence and mentorship. He was selfless and asked for little in return. I am very sorry to hear of his passing and wish his family relief from the grief and hardship of loss which will come with this. God bless and God rest his soul.
Rick Lamanna
January 22, 2011
Pete- You were a good friend, colleague and fraternity brother. You were an inspiration to me and hundreds of Sigma Nus, young and old. The Zeta Upsilon chapter owes you a huge debt of gratitude. Without you, it would have been gone many years ago. I hope all the ZY brothers realize that. Your dedication to the house was beyond measure. Thank you for your friendship and financial advice. I will miss you.
Mark Rein ZY490
January 21, 2011
Karen, Dena, & Joey...I am so saddened to hear of Pete's passing. What great memories I have of your family. May God provide you with great comfort and peace. I also pray that your memories of Pete will always fill your heart with love.
Your friend,
Jacque Holladay
January 21, 2011
Dear Karen,
We are shocked to hear the sad news regarding the loss of your husband Pete. We had the pleasure of meeting @ young Bob(Cosgrove's graduation last May) Please know how very sorry we are. Our thoughts & prayers go out to
you and all of your family.

Kevin & Karen Cosgrove
January 21, 2011
Pete was a friend. He was also trusted by Kathy and I, which I believe speaks volumes. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Dan Syllaba & Kathy Hotchner
January 21, 2011
Elizabeth Taylor
January 20, 2011
Karen, deepest sympathy to you and your kids. Pete was a good guy. It's hard to believe it was 25 years ago that we moved into the house on Carmen.
Dave and Karen Schwalm
January 20, 2011
Pete you were the best boss I have ever had. You will be deeply misses but never forgotten. Irene and I are going to "Sing High" on Friday in honor of you, Karen I can't begin to know what you are going to be going though,but Please try to take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
With my Love Always
Beth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
January 20, 2011
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