James Giacomelli


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Posted Online: May 07, 2013, 4:59 pm
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James C. Giacomelli, 91, of Moline, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Bickford Cottage, Moline.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, May 10, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Davenport, with visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the church. DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to Arrowhead Ranch or the Disabled Veterans.
Jim was born June 21, 1921, in Mark, Ill., the son of David and Julia Calzia Giacomelli. He married Marilyn J. Sullivan on May 21, 1949, in Rock Island. She preceded him in death on Nov. 26, 2006.
He worked on the Rock Island Arsenal as an machine operator for 34 1/2 years, retiring in 1976.
He was a member of St. Anthony's Church, Davenport, and the Die Hard Cubs Association.
Jim served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed spending time with his family and reminiscing about his days growing up in Cherry, Ill.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and David DeBaene, Moline; son, Robert J. Giacomelli, Centennial, Colo.; grandchildren, Matthew, Emily, Erin and Garrett; great-grandchildern, Emma Sue, Hannah, Evelyn, Leah and Jimmy. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and a sister.
The family would like to offer a special thanks to the staff at Bickford Cottage of Moline and the Heartland Hospice Team.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at deroofuneralhome.com.













 



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