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MARLBORO, MA: Joseph Aiello, 93, World War II Hero, husband of Catherine (Demetri) Aiello, died Friday, January 8, 2016, at Marlboro Hills Healthcare Center, Marlboro, Mass., with his family at his side.

Born the eldest of eleven children of the late John and Calogera “Lillie” (Gelardi ) Aiello, on September 13, 1922, in Gloucester, Joe lived most of his formative years in Boston’s North End. He attended St. John’s Elementary School and was graduated from Boston English High School. In 1942 the Aiello family moved back to Gloucester, and in March of 1943, Joe was inducted into the Army, where he became a technical sergeant and combat medic.

Joe participated in some of the most momentous events of World War II, including battles in Tunisia, Sicily, Monte Cassino and Anzio in Italy, Munich, Nuremberg, Zweibruecken, Bamberg and Augsburg in Germany. For his efforts in liberating the French from Nazi occupation, Joe was made a chevalier, or knight, of the French Legion of Honor in 2012. He received the award, which is given to acknowledge exceptional military service to France, from France’s Consul General, Christophe Guilhou, who said, “Mr. Aiello, France is so grateful for your heroic actions.”

Among his many medals are the French Croix-de-Guerre, the Bronze Star and the Combat Medal Badge. The Massachusetts House of Representatives honored him with a commendation. Rep. Kate Hogan, D-Stow, presented the commendation saying, “Joe Aiello is an American hero from our 'greatest generation' and it has been a great honor to meet him and hear his story.”

After he was honorably discharged from the army, he worked for several companies in the Boston area, retiring in 2006 from the M.S. Walker Company in Somerville at the age of almost 85 years. He and his wife brought up their family in Brighton, Mass., where they lived for 47 years, and later moved to Hudson, Mass., where he was honored to be the Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshall in 2011. Though Joe lived and worked in the Boston area, he maintained close ties with Gloucester, visiting his parents and large extended family often.

In addition to his wife, Catherine, with whom he shared 68 years of marriage, he is survived by his children, Carla and her husband, Patrick Manzo, John and his wife, Vilma Aiello, Marie and her husband, Howard Lewis, and Joseph and his wife, Mary Aiello; his grandchildren, Patrick J. Manzo, Anthony and his wife, Laurinda Manzo, Catherine Manzo-Moore, Michael and his wife, Sharon Lewis, Jill Richards, Lisa Aiello, Joseph and Sophia Aiello, Karyn and Johnathan Aiello; great-grandchildren, Jerry Malski, Nicholas Richards, Anthony J. Manzo, Kayla Mason, Tyler Moore, Anna, John, Gabriel and Michael Aiello; his siblings, John Aiello, Grace and her husband Joseph Favazza, Marie Linquata and her companion Joseph Polizzia, Annette Kennedy, Joanne and her companion Anthony Tamarindo; brother-in-law, Michael DiLiberti; and sisters-in-law, Felicia and Rose Aiello, Spike and Gert Pretzler, Rose Demetri, Virginia Parisi, Lillian Caciagli; and scores of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Anthony “Nutzie,” Thomas and wife, Emily, Michael and Louis Aiello; his sister, Josephine DiLiberti; brothers-in-law, Louis Linquata and Brien Kennedy; sister-in-law, Patricia Aiello; parents-in-law, Stefano and Caterina Demetri; and siblings-in-law, Augusto Demetri, Nofrie and Sadie Demetri, Augusto and Frances Demetri, Sammy Demetri, Frances and Joseph Sinagra, Vita and Dominic Santin, Josephine and Salvatore Santuccio, Jenny and Frank Palazzola, Lucy and James Bertolino, Fanny and James Panto, Charles Parisi, and Anthony Caciagli.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, January 11, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc., 50 Central Street, Hudson, MA 01749, www.tighehamilton.com. A Funeral Mass will be offered at Holy Family Parish, St. Ann Church, Pleasant Street, Gloucester, on Tuesday, January 12, at 11 a.m. An hour of visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the Funeral Mass at St. Ann Church. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester. Family and friends are invited to attend. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled Veterans, VA Regional Office, Room 1575B, JFK Federal Building, Government Center, Boston, MA 02203, or the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 74 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Gloucester Times
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