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“Sincere condolences goes out to the Petrella family for your sad loss. May GOD be with the family as you mourn the loss of Eugene. ”
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“Mr. Petrella was a wonderfully nice man. He gave me rides to work at Sears for awhile, and although I wouldn't say I got to know him well, I...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Robert Evans Jr - Newark, DE

“To the family of Eugene Petrella from the Ministry of Caring family. May your wonderful memories bring you comfort and may God's love give you peace...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Br. Ronald Giannone - Wilmington, DE

“What a sweet, gentle, kind man! We send our sympathy to all of you during this time . ”
4 of 22 | Posted by: Joe and cindy Petrella - Seaville, NJ

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“The angels rejoiced and helped to throw a welcome party for a great man, father, pop pop, husband and friend. Peace and condolences to all his family ”
13 of 22 | Posted by: Peggy and Tom

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
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“I love my father and miss him deeply. A fond memory would be that, one time, when I was in junior high and we were all sitting at the dinner table I...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Marie Agostinelli - Wilmington, DE

“Dear Marie and Joe,I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May you be comforted....Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. You and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers.Mr Petrella will be deeply missed. ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: Melissa Greto Kenvin - DE

“Hey DadIt's me dadYour first born. Just wanted to tell you that I miss you real bad.I will love you forever.Joanne ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Joanne Petrella Minchini - Newark, DE

“Let your light shine..... ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Judie Robinson - Elkton, MD

“This man was kind and gentle and funny! I am glad to have known him. R.I. P. sir..~~~ Judie Robinson ”
21 of 22 | Posted by: Judie Robinson - Elkton, MD

“Condolences to the family and thank you for your service, Mr. Petrella. ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: John Rudd - Newark, DE

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Eugene Petrella of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the age of 93. He is predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Josephine Petrella.

Eugene was born in Belleplain, NJ on April 29, 1923. He was the son of the late Elizabeth and Andrea (Andrew) Petrella, both immigrants from Italy. He attended school at Cape May Court House where he graduated in 1941.

After graduation, he and two other boys from Belleplain were among the first 18 year olds to be drafted into the army after Congress passed the teenage bill. He was proud to serve his country as a member of the 148th Engineers Combat Battalion serving in England, Belgium, France, and Germany. He served for four years and achieved the rank of staff sergeant.

After the war he attended trade school to become a watchmaker. He worked as a watchmaker and jeweller, and in retail.

He was a man of God who was proud of his church and his country. He was very intelligent and creative. His hobbies were wood carving, gardening, and baking. He was very accomplished at all of them. He enjoyed listening to good music, and stories about his children, his grandchildren and all their pets. He was a wonderful role model for all of us. He will be missed.

Eugene was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his children, Joanne Minchini, Lorraine Reed and her husband, Wayne, Marie Agostinelli and her husband, Joe, Dianne Imhof and her husband, Sam, Nancy Petrella and her husband, Andrew Bradbury, Elisa Golt and her husband, Albert; 7 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 2, 2016 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 3200 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703, where family and friends may visit from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to The Ministry of Caring, 115 E. 14th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

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