Nunzio Chelli

Nunzio Valentino Chelli

Wednesday, February 14th, 1934 - Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
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Nunzio Valentino Chelli, 86, of West Hartford, beloved husband of Joan “Dolly” (Mandella) Chelli, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020 peacefully at Arden Courts in Farmington. Born on Valentine’s Day, 1934 in Clairton, PA, son of the late Domenic and Claudina (Masci) Chelli, he was a resident of West Hartford for the past 56 years. Nunzio was a graduate of Marietta College. Prior to his retirement, Nunzio was President of Finance System of Hartford. He was an usher and active member of the Church of St. Brigid, West Hartford. Nunzio was a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State fan and he attended both Super Bowl IX and X. Nunzio and Dolly were fortunate to have a lifetime of family vacations and gatherings. They also along with their “special friends” enjoyed years of UConn Basketball, Football and Final Four adventures; Aruba vacations, and a memorable tour of France. He was President of the West Hartford Boys Football League and coached the Pee Wee Patriots for many years. There wasn’t a day he didn’t run into a former player or parent.
Besides his wife, he is leaves his children and their spouses, Mark and Caryn Chelli of West Hartford, Carolyn and Dan Pastore of Sherborn, MA and Beth and Doug Edmunds of Ashland, MA. He was "Pap" to eight special grandchildren, Lauren, Lydia and Brian Chelli, Allyson, Jack and Wyatt Valentino Pastore and Griffin and Kaitlyn Edmunds. He also leaves a brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Gretchen Chelli of Pittsburgh, PA and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Floyd and Darlene Mandella of North Huntington, PA and numerous nieces and nephews. Nunzio was predeceased by a brother, Albert Chelli, a niece, Claudina Chelli and a sister, Vivian Paul. From all your family and friends, God rest your loving soul, and may your memory be from generation to generation. The funeral and burial in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford were private. The family would like to give a special thank you to all the staff at Arden Courts of Farmington for their exceptional care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Hall Baseball, or the West Hartford All Sports Council – Youth Sports League, 50 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06107 Online condolences may be made at
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    Fairview Cemetery
    200 Whitman Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06107
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Nancy Rethmeier

Posted at 01:57pm
What a beautifully written summary of his life. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Nunzio I learned so much about the wonderful life he shared with Dolly and his family. He clearly had a zest for living, cheering on his favorite sports teams and traveling near and far. The smile in the photo says it all.
My heartfelt condolences to all of his family and friends. May your treasured memories bring you joy and comfort.

Nancy Rethmeier

Dougla Pyrke

Posted at 01:55pm
My condolences to you and your family, Dolly. I feel fortunate to have known you and Nunzio, albeit briefly, at Arden Courts. Nunzio was always smiling, considerate of others, a joy to be around. His smiling face in today's Courant brought tears to my eyes. I hope your many happy memories bring you peace, and I wish you all the best as you move through your grief. If at any time you would like to talk, please call me at 860 729 7738.
Dougla Pyrke, wife of Jack Fairchild

Joseph Marinello

Posted at 01:17pm
A fraternity brother from Marietta, close friends for many years. Nunz and Doll helped us when we moved into area.
From doctors, Carrabba, and Sarter, places to live etc. lost contact in the past few years.
Our deepest sympathy to Doll , Mark, Carolyn, Beth, and their families. Rest In Peace Nunz.

Lydia Chelli

Posted at 01:15pm
The best Pap. We love you and will miss you ❤️

Lauren Chelli

Posted at 01:11pm
Always our Pap ❤️

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