Alfred J. Zarella of Masury, Ohio, formerly of Farrell, passed away peacefully at noon Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Sharon Regional Medical Center. He was 95.
Mr. Zarella was born May 26, 1922, in Farrell, a son of Vito and Rose (DiLorenzo) Zarella. He was raised in Farrell and attended Farrell High School.
Alfred served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. He was stationed in North Africa and Italy, and was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in 1945.
Alfred retired in 1982 from the former Sharon Steel Corp., where he worked as a journeyman electrician for 37 years. He had previously worked for General American Transportation Corp. (GATX), Masury.
A devout Catholic, Alfred was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Vienna. He was previously a member of St. Bernadette RC Church, Masury, where he served on the church council and was a charter member of church's Knights of Columbus council.
He was also a member of the VFW and American Legion.
When he was able, Alfred enjoyed golfing, bowling and traveling with his wife, Delphine. He was also an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan.
Alfred loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.
His wife of 65 years, the former Delphine Camerlengo, passed away March 23, 2013. They were married June 14, 1947, in St. Bernadette RC Church by its first pastor, the Rev. Joseph Bresnyak.
Surviving are three sons, all of whom were brothers he and his wife adopted from Turin, Italy, in the early 1960s, Gerard J. Zarella of Masury, Alfred W. Zarella and his wife, Tina Wortman, of Wooster, Ohio, and John-Carl Zarella and his wife, Diane Hopkins, of Clarkston, Mich.; six grandchildren, Andrew (Shannon) Zarella, Robert (Amber) Zarella, Melissa (Ryan) Zarella Davis, Katlin Zarella and companion, Matthias Sartor, Christina Zarella and Krystal Zarella; nine great-grandchildren, Dominic, Michael, Morgan, Chloe, Addison, Taylor, Aiden, Azaria and Jaina; as well as several nieces and nephews and many godchildren.
He is also survived by his brother, Anthony Zarella and his wife, Caroline, both of Farrell.
In addition to his wife, Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Rose Schott; three brothers, infant Dominic Zarella, Dominic "Nigs" Zarella and Victor Zarella.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 4453 Warren-Sharon Road, Vienna, OH 44473; or Akron Children's Hospital, 214 W Bowery St., Akron, OH 44308.
Alfred J., 95, of Masury, Ohio, formerly of Farrell.
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (1-19-18) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMA-TORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon, and 10 a.m. until the time of Mass Saturday (1-20-18) in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4453 Warren-Sharon Road, Vienna, Ohio.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Saturday (1-20-18) in St. Thomas the Apostle Church.
Interment: St. Anthony Cemetery, Hermitage.
Published on January 18, 2018