Joseph J. Giannelli

11/12/2019

Joseph J. Giannelli, age 76, of Fair Lawn, NJ died on November 12, 2019.  Born in Paterson to Joseph and Mary (Nutile) Giannelli, he was the brother of the late Charles and of Ellatina Aldi.  He was the loving husband of the late Aileen (Carlin).  He is greatly missed by his two children, Mary Claire (Steven) and Philip (Tara).  He was the devoted grandfather of Andrew, Nora, Julian and Elliot.

Joseph, a lifelong educator, taught English in St. Mary’s, Paterson; in Pope Pius XII, Passaic; and in Elmwood Park High School.

The family will receive visitors on Monday, November 18, 2019 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn.  A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Tuesday at 9:30 am at St. Catharine Church in Glen Rock.  Interment will follow at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Totowa. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joseph’s memory to St. Francis Breadline, 135 W. 31st St., New York, NY 10001.


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Mr. Giannelli was my favorite teacher at Elmwood Park High School, bar none. He carried a great intellect with admirable humility. His subtle influence on my identity as an adult only grew more profound in the years after I graduated. It was a gift to have learned from him. It was an honor to be given the nickname 'Beardsley' by him. And his recognition of my "great wit" was among the highest compliments a teacher ever gave me. Although Mr. Giannelli has left us, the impact of his life on Earth endures.
Kenny Kistler
11/19/2019
Doris Shinn and I would like to extend our condolences. We knew your Mom and through her, your Dad. We were at their wedding along with our principal, Nick Varsalons. Love and prayers.
Anne Gelormino
11/18/2019
So sorry for your loss. I had his wife Aileen for CFM class and met him at her wake and had previously talked with him on the phone. Nice couple. May they both Rest In Peace.
Karen Peterson
11/18/2019
My heart is broken to hear this news. You were a great friend to my parents and family. What an honor that you allowed us all to be part of your life. You changed so many lives. That sense of humor alone. May your children and family rest knowing how many of us loved you. You are finally reunited with your loved ones waiting for you. Must be some party up there now. You were one of the Great ones. R.I.P. sir. The honor was mine in knowing you.
Cathy Sokolewicz-Acevedo
11/16/2019
To the Giannelli Family, Mr. Giannelli was one of my teachers at St. Mary's High School. I always enjoyed his classes. He made literature come alive. I'm sure he instilled a love of learning in all his students. Condolences to all his family. May he rest in peace.
Lorraine Carney Koscielny
11/16/2019
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