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|Mr. John Circelli, 91, formerly of Hammond Ave. in Utica, passed away with his loved ones by his side on Sunday, July 15, 2012, at the Journey Home of Hospice in Greece, NY.
John was born in Utica on December 28, 1920, the son of Ralph and Felippa (Fusco) Circelli. He was educated in local schools and served our country in the U.S. Army during WWII. On October 19, 1946, John was joined in marriage to the former Frances Ciufo. They raised their two beloved daughters and shared over forty-one loving years together until Mrs. Circelli passed away on February 17, 1987.
Mr. Circelli was a custodian for the Utica Public School System for many years.
He is survived by his beloved daughter and son-in-law, Johanna and Harlow Morgan with whom he resided; his grandchildren, John and Jennifer Morgan, Christopher and Holly Morgan, Aaron J. Morgan and Amy Critelli; great grandchildren, Nicole, Lucas, Jamie Lynn, Trevor and Zachary Morgan and Brian and Allison Morgan; a brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Patricia Circelli; sisters-in-law, Peachy Circelli and Virginia Tucciarone; brother-in-law, Vito Garofalo; and many nieces and nephews, including a special niece and nephew, Tom and Val Garofalo.
John was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Mary Lou Critelli, who always remained close to his heart. He was also predeceased by several brothers and sisters.
His Funeral Service with Catholic Rites will be held on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. with Military Honors at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., corner of Mohawk St., in Utica with the Rev. Anthony P. LaFache, officiating. The family will receive visitors Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until the service at 11:30 a.m. Interment beside his beloved wife will take place in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and in recognition of the wonderful care shown to John, please consider donations to Journey Home Inc., 994 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14626.
Arrangements are with The Matt Funeral Home, Utica.
For directions to the funeral home, click link above.
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I will miss my grandpa soooo much. We spent so many good times together: going fishing, watching wrestling, and even just sitting together. I treasured every single moment I had with him. I love his gentle and kind spirit that will stay with me forever. I miss his voice, his laugh and everything about him. He taught me so much during my lifetime so far and i really look up to him in a big way. I thank God for giving him to me as a grandpa. I love you and will miss you sooo deeply until I am home in heaven to be with you forever. I cannot wait for that day!!! May the Lord be as good to you as you have been good to me. God bless your spirit- Love Aaron
Written by Aaron Morgan
2012-07-16 8:12:31 PM
Aaron and family- We are so very sorry for your loss. Your grandfather sounded like a wonderful man.
Written by McNeil Security- EAC
2012-07-17 7:54:15 AM
On behalf of my family and me I’d like to send our condolences in regards to your father’s passing. I’m not sure you’ll remember us, we lived upstairs from The Garofalos on Rutger Street. I’m Gordy and Lucy’s son. Your Dad was my brother Jon’s sponsor for his conformation.
Your father was the greatest in our eyes. We would look forward to his weekend visits. He and your Mom would come every Saturday night to visit Madeline and Vito, but 8:00 PM sharp he’d march upstairs to watch All In The Family with us, he and my father laughing like there was no tomorrow. Looking back, he impressed me with his eagerness to join in with whatever Jon and I were into at the time. I can remember going over to the house and he’d bring us down to the basement to show us the latest car model he’d built, just because that’s what we were into. We had the biggest collection of baseball and football cards imaginable thanks to Uncle John thinking of us while he was working at the schools. Another fond memory was, for their birthdays, my Dad and yours would put together a giant box of home-made gag gifts for each other and it would take them an hour just to unwrap everything, cracking themselves up the whole way. They really got a kick out of each other. I also remember as kids going to the Utica Aud with your and my dad to watch Big Time Wrestling live, and how upset your father would get when his favorite guy, Johnny Powers, lost. I remember he would wear his “lucky shirt” when Johnny wrestled, just to give him a little extra advantage. I was living out west for a while, but in the late nineties I moved back, and I got a chance to stop at the house and say hi to him. The look on his face was great when I told him who I was, as we hadn’t seen each other in years, and he gave me a big hug.
Anyway, we’re sorry for your loss and that we can’t make the service because of work obligations, but we just wanted you to know how much we loved him and thought of him often over the years. He was the best.
The Edwards Family
Written by Bob Edwards
2012-07-18 4:56:51 PM
As a young teenage girlfriend of Mr. Circelli's youngest daughter, Mary Lou, I had the opportunity to spend a great deal of time on Hammond Ave. Both Mr and Mrs Circelli were very kind loving people who treated me like family. I remember Mr Circelli's vegetable garden and also how much he loved to watch wrestling. Mary Lou and I were very good friends for many years and I fondly cherish the memories of being around their close knit loving family. My heart goes out to you, Jo and your family. I am sure you were a great source of comfort to your father in his later years.
Doreen Cardillo Richardson
Written by Doreen (Cardillo) Richardson
2012-07-19 7:26:32 PM
Today we are all feeling pretty sad,
That we've lost our Grandpa, our friend, our Dad
For this week, we together have cried many tears
With realization that he is no longer here
But Grandpa would want us to know he's in a much better place
That he is reaping the rewards of God's mercy and grace
He is in Heaven with a huge smile on his face
and proud to have been part of our Italian family and race
Thinking back, I really must say
I feel lucky and privileged to have know Grandpa to this day
For in my life, he has played a very special part
The memories I will treasure and keep close to my heart
As a child, the trips to Utica almost every school break
to visit his house was always so great
And the stories he told of his childhood and life
Were always so rich that they cut like a knife
His gardens he sure did know how to grow
Nowhere on earth was a better tomato
But Christmas time was always the best
He would spoil us rotten and play lotto with zest
Every time I see a Santa I will always think of him
And how could I forget his "froggy-style" swim
In the pool that he bought for us to use in the heat
The cupboards and freezers were always full of ice cream and treats
Watching movies and wrestling on tv
Or sitting out on the porch just him and me
These are the moments that I will treasure
And always look back on with fondness and pleasure
Walks down the street and sometimes the park
And squirrels that would make the crazy dog bark
Fishing and checkers and train stations too
I'll never forget all of the fun things we would do
For me, I am also grateful my children he got to meet
To watch them grow up and help make them complete
To each one of us that he has loved and has cared
Be thankful for the good times that we all have shared
Grandpa, you have taught me so much, I could never thank you enough
getting used to living without you sure will be tuff
But, although you are not here, we will always be together
Your memory will live in each one of us forever
I will always remember our very last embrace
When you told me you loved me and then kissed my face
So, now that you're gone, I would like to thank the good Lord above
For blessing me with your kindness and love
Grandpa, you will be missed....
- Love John
Written by John Morgan
2012-07-19 7:43:19 PM