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. https://view.admission.net/abc/mactive/_ARIZONAREPUBLIC_0000134697/i-1.JPG
Published by The Arizona Republic on Jan. 20, 2011.