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Joseph Anthony Rastelli

May 8, 1930 – April 4, 2015

Joseph Anthony Rastelli, age 84, of Felton, DE, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 4, 2015.

Joseph was born in Philadelphia, PA on May 8, 1930, and was a son of the late Pasquale “Patrick” and Mary (Schulli) Rastelli. He bravely served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Airborne Infantry as a paratropper during the Korean War. Joseph made his career as a barber for many years prior to his retirement.

Active in the community, he gave of his time to fellow veterans by providing transportation assistance to those in need. Joseph also served as a little league baseball coach for a number of years. He will be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend.

In addition to his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Shirley A. (Pilak) Rastelli; and 7 siblings. He is survived by his sons, Joseph W. Rastelli (Barbara Kincaide) of Mt. Laurel, NJ and Jeffrey P. Rastelli (Diane) of Felton, DE; sister, Theresa Rossi of Magnolia, NJ; and 2 grandchildren.

A committal service will be held at 10 am on Thursday morning, April 9, 2015, at The Chapel of Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 (

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  1. Kathleen (Rastelli) Bonafiglia, April 8, 2015

    I can only remember Uncle Joe as a happy person and his laugh was contagious. I may not have seen him in many years, but he was often in my thoughts. I remember when he and my dad (Edward Rastelli) would get together. They would reminisce about the service days and play with their rifles in the back of the house showing how they would hold them.

  2. Ken Pilak`, April 8, 2015

    Sorry to hear about Uncle Joe passing away.
    I was thinking the other day about the summer I spent with all of you.

  3. Shirley A. Pilak-Stachowiak, April 8, 2015

    My condolences to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Uncle Joe will be forever remembered for his quick wit and generosity. We were always well taken care of any time we came to visit. Many happy memories. Love, Shirley and family


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