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Joseph C. Ciarelli

North Haven

Published May 20, 2020

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Joseph C. Ciarelli, 85, of North Haven passed away peacefully on May 13 at the Masonicare Health Center, Wallingford. He was the husband of the late Ellie Cuomo Ciarelli. Joe was born in New Haven on Aug. 16, 1934, and was the son of the late Warren and Bella Collosano Ciarelli.

He served his country faithfully in the US Marine Corps working on tanks during the Korean war. A member of the Teamsters Local #443, he was a truck driver for Schiavone Scrap Metals and later, the former Guyotte Oil. Joseph was a real sports enthusiast and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, New York Giants, and UConn girl’s basketball. He was also a member of the Umberto Club.

He was the father of Doreen Stokes (Glenn) and Joseph W. Ciarelli. He was the grandfather of Lisa (Jason) Gamsby; and great-grandfather of Grace “GG” Gamsby. He was predeceased by his brothers Rocco, Frank, and Anthony Ciarelli, and was a dear friend of Joan Laraway.

His family would like to thank his doctors and the staff at the West Haven VA Hospital, who took such wonderful care of him. Additionally, we would like to thank the nurses and staff at Masonicare who made his passing a peaceful one.

A graveside service was conducted in All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Ave., North Haven, on May 20. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Nativity Convent, 70 Codman Rd., Brookline, MA 02445. The Havens Family, North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave., has been entrusted with the arrangements. For an online obituary, visit

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