Obituary: Joseph Casale Jr., 97

Obit - Joseph CasaleJoseph Casale Jr., 97, of Southington, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Rose (Mauro) Casale for 63 years.

He was born in Southington on April 11, 1919, the son of the late Joseph Sr. and Adelaide (Pepe) Casale.

Joseph served in the U.S. Navy during WWII; he served in the South Pacific on the USS Tabberer during the famous Halsey’s Typhoon Rescue Mission.   He retired from Pratt & Whitney Air Craft after 35 years of service. Joseph was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the American Legion Post #72, the Sons of Italy, the Gang of Scarpa Shoda and St. Thomas Men’s Retreat. He was a member of the “Singing Troubadours Quartet” with Dom Mongillo, John Nardi, Duffy Panella, who played and sang all over Southington.

He is survived by 3 daughters; Adelaide Monteleone of Bristol, Joanne Salerno and husband Joseph of Wolcott and Carol Frawley and husband Michael of New Haven;  grandchildren, Philip, Joseph and wife Laurie, Daneen and husband  Keven, Camille,  Sarah, Tucker and wife Rose and Casey; 9 great- grandchildren, Michael, Christopher, Nicholas, Jason, Matthew, Rachel, Gia, Brady and Elizabeth Rose. He also leaves 3 sisters, Adeline “Dolly” Kearney, Shirley White and husband Harold and Lucille Tedesco, a sister-in-law Maxine Casale and an Aunt Fay Carbone all of Southington as well as many nieces, nephews and extended grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a son-in law, Philip Monteleone, a sister, Anna Sciola, 3 brothers, John, William and Robert Casale.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday, at 8:45 am at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington and 9:30 am at St. Thomas Church, 99 Bristol St., for a Mass. Burial with military honors will be at St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 3-7 p.m.

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