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Date published: 6/6/2014

Joseph F. Petrucelli

Joseph Francis Petrucelli, 69, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at his home in Fredericksburg.

Joe was born Oct. 7, 1944, in Philadelphia, the son of Frank and Jeanette Paoli Petrucelli. He moved to Virginia in 1985 and also had a home on the west coast of Florida, so that he could attend as many Phillies games and practices as possible.

He is survived by his adoring wife of 23 years, Darlene Cox Petrucelli; his much-loved sons, Joe of Stevensville, Mont., Rob of Richmond and Billy of Fredericksburg; and cherished grandson Dylan of Stevensville. He also leaves behind two beloved sisters, Susan (Baldino) of Newtown, Pa., and Janet of Warrington, Pa.; and many treasured extended family and close friends.

Joe had a very deep faith and was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fredericksburg.

Joe joined the Air Force immediately after high school. He was an airman first class, serving as an aircraft mechanic. Joe continued serving his country through a civil service career spanning 31 years. After retirement from the Department of Defense in July 2000, Joe continued working for defense contractors for another six years.

Joe had a deep passion for soccer and was a coach and certified U.S. Soccer Federation referee for more than 15 years. He refereed and served in various board positions with the Rappahannock Soccer Referee Association, while also officiating for the Commonwealth Soccer Officials Association and the Florida High School Athletic Association. Joe was a true mentor to the players as well as other upcoming officials.

A rosary service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 9, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel. A visitation will follow until 8 p.m. A Mass of celebration will be held at noon Tuesday, June 10, at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fredericksburg. Burial with military honors will follow at 2 p.m. at Quantico National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502.

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser vice.com.