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James J. Stelline

James J. Stelline, 89, of Larch Lane, Wenham, husband of sixty years to the late Viola M. (Dukeshire) Stelline, died Friday, October 7, 2011 in the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers, following his brief illness.

Born in Hamilton March 1, 1922 son of the late Antonio and Maria (DiProfio) Stelline, he was raised in Hamilton attending Hamilton public schools. During WWII he served with the U.S. Army 93rd Signal Battalion in France, Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe. He was honorably discharged with a Purple Heart. Married in 1947 the Stellines made their home and raised their family on Linebrook Road, Ipswich. During these years he was employed as a construction foreman with N.N. Flynn in Danvers. He later served as the director of the Hamilton Department of Public Works from which he  retired in 1986. For the past twenty-five years and until his recent illness, he worked as a maintenance carpenter with the Topsfield Fair.

Mr. Stelline was an avid bowler, a charter and the longest member of the Fliver Bowling League. He also enjoyed cribbage with his friends, home gardening and his summers spent with his family in the cabin he built in Cherryfield, Maine.

He served as a board member with the Wenham Housing Authority, was a communicant of St. Paulís Church in Hamilton and a member of the American Legion A.P. Gardner Post #194 in Hamilton.   

He is survived by a daughter, Linda M. Maidment and her husband Fredrick of Hamilton; four sons James M. Stelline of Oklahoma  City, OK, Thomas J. Stelline and his wife Valerie of Levant, ME, Ronald D. Stelline of Haverhill and John D. Stelline and his wife Cathy of Ipswich; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-four great grandchildren; a brother Henry Stelline of Danvers; five sisters, Anne Mazzetta of Wenham, Theresa Zampell and Elizabeth Chagnon both of Hamilton and Camilla Butman and Virginia Scoila both of Beverly, and many nephews and nieces.

His funeral service with Military Honors will be held Wednesday, October 12, 11 am graveside in the Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Shrinerís Burn Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.

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