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Joseph Carelli, Norwalk Native, Coach Dies at 47

NORWALK, Conn. – Joseph J. Carelli (Pascarelli), a Norwalk native, died May 10 at St. Vincent's Medical Center after a short but hard-fought battle with cancer. He was 47.

Born Feb. 7, 1965 in Norwalk, he was the son of Joseph J. Pascarelli and Jeannette Ruggiero Pascarelli. He attended Norwalk High School, Syracuse University and Norwalk Community Technical College.

Carelli was self-employed as a master craftsman throughout Fairfield County. He was a member of the Fairfield National Little League board of directors from 2001-09, in addition to managing and coaching.

A resident of Bridgeport, Carelli also managed and coached teams with the Fairfield Babe Ruth League and Wakeman Boys' Lacrosse. He was an ardent supporter of the Fairfield Owls Travel baseball team.

His greatest passion was being father to his sons, Taylor and Brian. They spent countless hours enjoying their common interests, like golfing, the New York Yankees and the New York Giants.

Carelli is survived by his parents, Joseph and Jeannette; his sons, Taylor and Brian; his former wife, Karen Levine Carelli, of Fairfield; his grandfather, Vito (Ann) "Johnny Rogers" Ruggiero, of Norwalk; a brother, John A. (Lesley) Pascarelli, of Norwalk; a sister, Jill Ruggiero, of Fairfield; and two nieces.

Visitation was Monday at Collins Funeral Home in Norwalk. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Tuesday at St. Philip Church in Norwalk. Burial followed in St. John’s Cemetery in Norwalk.

Memorial donations may be made to Elizabeth M. Pfriem Swim Center for Cancer Care at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606.

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