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Armando A. Iannelli

Armando A. Iannelli, 86, of Thurlow Street, Georgetown husband of the late Irene A. (Faust) Iannelli, died Friday February 6, 2009 in the Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport following his brief illness.

Born in Revere July 10, 1922, he was the son of the late Dominic and Antonetta (Brogna) Iannelli. He was raised in Revere and was a 1939 graduate of Revere High School. He continued his education nights at Northeastern University and MIT. During WWII he served with the Blue Devils of the 88th Infantry in the US Army, which was a major force in the liberation of Italy. Wounded in action, he was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Married in 1950 in St Joseph’s Church in Lynn, the Iannellis raised their family in Saugus, where they lived for forty-four years. They lived in Ipswich for many years before relocating to Georgetown four years ago. He worked as a mechanical engineer for the Department of Defense Materials and Mechanics Research Center in Watertown. He retired in 1981 following 30 years of employment.  For many years he played softball with the Watertown Arsenal softball team. He was a CCD teacher and usher at St Margaret’s Church in Saugus, where he was a member for forty years. He also served as an usher at St Joseph’s Church and Our Lady of Hope Church in Ipswich. He was currently a parishioner of St Mary’s Church in Georgetown. He was a member of the Saugus VFW, a Life Member of the DAV Saugus Post 115, a Fourth Degree Member of the Saugus Knights of Columbus, and was a longtime member and treasurer of the St Vincent dePaul Society at St. Margaret’s.

He is survived by one daughter, Marguerite E. Iannelli, two grandchildren, Elisa St Clair and her husband Craig, and Ralph A. Salerno, a great-grandson, Benedict A. StClair, all of Georgetown, and many nephews and nieces. He was the brother of the late Dominic Iannelli, formerly of FL, and the late Rose Iannelli Craven, formerly of Revere.

His Funeral will be held Tuesday 8 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by the celebration of a 9 am Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Family and friends respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Monday 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Interment with Military Honors will be in the Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Society of the Propagation of the Faith, Box 120138, Boston, MA 02112.

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