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A funeral mass was offered March 1 at Holy Rosary Church for Phil “Pepsi” Cirelli, 87 of Bayville, formerly of Jersey City. He passed away Feb. 25. Born in Jersey City, as Filomeno, to the late Dominick and Nancy, he lived all of his life in Jersey City, until recently moving to Bayville. He attended Ferris High School and shortly after entered the US Army. While there, he played on the US Army Baseball team which traveled him across the county and was honorably discharged in July 1953.
Phil was employed as a factory worker with Colgate Palmolive Company in Jersey City for many years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the former Anthony R. Cucci Civic Association, the Columbus Club and was a volunteer of Holy Rosary’s Annual Festival (La Festa Italiana). He was predeceased by his wife Antoinette (Anne – 2013) and his siblings Sam, Tony, Vinnie, Nicky and Grace Cirelli. He was the father of John and his wife Susan, and Michael and his wife, Angela; grandfather of John and his wife, Teresa, Philip and Michael Cirelli, and of great-granddaughter, Madison.
Services arranged by the Riotto Funeral Home and Cremation Co., Jersey City.

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