Friday, March 23, 2012

Phillip A. Morelli

After successfully beating lymphoma in 2004 and a courageous battle with prostate cancer since 2007, Phillip A. Morelli, 86, passed away peacefully at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints hospital on Friday, March 23, 2012.

Phil was born in Racine, WI, on January 1, 1926, to the late Eugene and Jennie (nee: LaMantia) Morelli. Phil was a 1944 graduate of Washington Park High School. He faithfully served our country with the United States Army from 1944-1946 (Troop H, Eighth Cavalry – 1st Cavalry Division).

On July 8, 1950, in a double ceremony with brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jack and Mary Hanson, Phil was united in marriage with the love of his life, Myrtle H. Hanson, and was married 52 years until her death in 2003. He was proud of his 50-year career in automobile sales management, many of those years with American Motors (Rambler). He loved the Milwaukee Brewers, the Green Bay Packers, jazz music, movies and, of course, Frank Sinatra.

Surviving are his son Stephen (LeeAnn); nephew, Mark Hanson (Anne); niece, Ann Ardyth Rodrigues (David); and other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, wife and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Phil was preceded in death by his niece, Diane Fisher.

A funeral service celebrating Phil’s life will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Deacon Howard Wirtz officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5 until time of service at 7 p.m. A private burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Kinzie Avenue. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

A heartfelt note of thanks to Dr. Michael Mullane, Dr. Gedas Grinis, Dr. James Taylor, Dr. Mary Pagano and their respective staffs; the therapists and staff of Ridgewood Care Center and the Cancer Wing (2D) of Wheaton Franciscan All Saints for their wonderful care and compassion. And a special thank you and best wishes to all of Phil’s friends at Parkview Apartments.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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