In Loving Memory of Albert J. Cappelloni
Albert J. CappelloniScranton, PA September 18, 1927 ~ May 18, 2017 Date of Service: May 23, 2017
Albert Jerome Cappelloni, 89, of Scranton, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, May 18, 2017.
He was born in Scranton on Sept. 18, 1927, the oldest son of Anita Ambrosini Cappelloni and Dominick Cappelloni. He graduated from Scranton Technical High School in 1945 and then served in the U.S. Navy, receiving an honorable discharge as a seaman second class in 1946. He then entered the University of Scranton and Penn State University, graduating in 1950 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Al was blessed throughout his life with good fortune from the day he was born. He was deeply loved by his parents and throughout his life. He was always surrounded by a large extended family who cared for him. In 1952 his good fortune continued as he married Geva Minelli, who continued to care for him for the next 63 years. Al and Geva set up residence in Scranton, where they raised their six children. They were active members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish until its closure, when they joined Ss. Anthony and Rocco Parish in Dunmore.
He was well respected professionally; he worked his way up to be a partner in the engineering firm of Bellante and Clauss, retiring in 1992. He was a member of many professional organizations, including NSPE, PASPE, ASHRAE, AEE, ASSE and ASPE. In his long career, he worked on many area projects as well as many outside of the area, notably the Meadowlands Stadium, the Statue of Liberty, and his final project, the ventilation system in the new Lehigh Valley Tunnel. He never tired of asking his family when driving through the Tunnel if they knew how many CFMs the fans blew.
Al was a good father who was always willing to help his children. He provided a great home, which, early on, didn’t contain a lot of things — but his children always had great food, clothes to wear, a warm house and a loving family. And Al was extremely proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Although he was a mechanical engineer by trade, he always wanted to be a carpenter. Al admired and respected his father, who was a master cabinet maker and carpenter, and he wanted to follow in his footsteps. His engineering and design skills helped him to design and build houses and additions, including additions to the family home as his family grew and to the homes of his friends and relatives. His lifelong hobby was woodworking, and all of his children’s homes are filled with beautiful pieces of furniture crafted by his hands. He would take delight in designing the furniture and then figure out how to use every scrap of wood in its construction. After his retirement, his was able to indulge his passion for almost 25 years, working in his woodshop regularly until March of this year.
Throughout his life, Al worked hard to provide for his family, but he also enjoyed many pastimes, including hunting with his uncles and friends and fishing wherever he could. He golfed and bowled and enjoyed a friendly card game. He also loved dancing with his wife and going anywhere for a good meal. In fact, Al never knew a day without great food. Whether his mother or wife or someone else was the cook, he looked forward to every meal and enjoyed it thoroughly.
He was a man who sought perfection, always seeing something that he could have done better, whether he was building a desk or driving to a spot. One of his favorite expressions was, “I should have done it this way,” or, “I should have gone that way.” His drive for perfection encouraged his children to always do their best in all things.
Al faced his final days with faith and courage and was comforted by the love of his children, grandchildren and great-granddaughters, even as he prepared to join the family members who have gone before him into the kingdom of everlasting life, including his parents, his beloved wife, and his siblings, Theresa Cappelloni Beegle, and Rita and Louis, who died as infants.
He will be missed with great sadness by his children, John and his wife, Mary Ellen, Scranton; Albert and his wife, Patti, Sudbury, Mass.; the Rev. David, Dunmore; Paul and his wife, Donna, Harleysville; Joseph, Berwick; and Theresa Cappelloni Demyan, Scott Twp.; his grandchildren, Susan Cappelloni Markovich and her husband, Joseph Markovich; Katie, Meaghan, Alison, Lauren and Madeline Cappelloni; and Willie, Sarah, and Isabella Demyan; and his great-granddaughters, Grace Geva and Caroline Patricia Markovich.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by his son, the Rev. David Cappelloni, at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 208 Smith St., Dunmore, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Carlucci–Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, 318 E Drinker St., Dunmore.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday. Those attending the funeral are asked to gather at St. Anthony’s Church on the morning of the funeral.
Interment will be in Italian/American Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ss. Anthony and Rocco Parish, 303 Smith St., Dunmore, PA 18512