James Petrella

Obituary of James Petrella

Petrella, James V., Sr. 95 of Seaville, NJ passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House, NJ. Born in Woodbine, NJ, he was formerly of Belleplain, NJ and a resident of Seaville, NJ for 27 years. Mr. Petrella worked as a Foreman for R. B. Mason and Sons and Blueberry Farms in Belleplain, NJ for 35 years retiring in 1979. He was a member of Church of the Resurrection in Marmora, NJ and had worked through Civilian Conservation Corps in building the lakes and roads through Belleplain State Forest. Mr. Petrella was a Veteran of World War II serving with the United States Army serving overseas for three years and one month. Mr. Petrella was a member of the 1st Division, 26th Infantry Regiment "Big Red One" and was an 81 millimeter Mortar Gunner. He landed in North Africa in 1942 and fought in the Tunisian Campaign, invaded Sicily, the Normandy Invasion, and fought in Belgium and finished in Czechoslovakia. Mr. Petrella received the Purple Heart and three Bronze Star Medals, one for Valor. He was a member of Belleplain V.F.W. #6257 and the American Legion Post #1000, Trenton, NJ. Surviving are two sons, James V. Petrella, Jr. and his wife Sally of Seaville, NJ, John J. Petrella and his wife Maria of Ocean Pines, MS, his foster son, Joseph Sturgeon of Rio Grande, NJ, a brother, Eugene Petrella of Wilmington, DE, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was the beloved husband of the late Anna M. Petrella. A Catholic Prayer service will be offered Thursday morning at 11 o'clock from The Godfrey Funeral Home of Palermo, 644 South Shore Road, Palermo, NJ where friends may call from ten o'clock until the time of service. Burial will follow in Cape May County Veterans Cemetery, Cape May Court House, NJ. The family suggests those who desire send memorial contributions to V.F.W. Post #6257, Route 550 Woodbine Belleplain Road, Belleplain, NJ 08270. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.

Visitation

When Thursday, March 21st, 2013, 10:00am - 11:00am Location The Godfrey Funeral Home Of Palermo Address 644 South Shore Road Palermo, NJ 08223- Share on Facebook

Service Information

When Thursday, March 21st, 2013, 11:00am Location The Godfrey Funeral Home Of Palermo Address 644 South Shore Road Palermo, NJ 08223- Share on Facebook