DU QUOIN — Carl James Campanella, age 96, of Du Quoin, Illinois, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019 at his home.
Carl was born June 22, 1922 in Du Quoin, Illinois, the son of Ottavio James and Antonina Campanella.
He married Lenora Irene Quillman on June 8, 1948 in Du Quoin, Illinois, and she preceded him in death on May 24, 1995.
Carl had a successful career owning and operating Campanella's Market with his mother and wife, Lenora, for 54 years. He was a proud veteran of World War II with the U.S. 78 Infantry/Filled Artillery Gunmen, entering the United States Army on Jan. 6, 1943. He fought the Great Battle of the Bulge before being honorably discharged on Jan. 28, 1946. He was awarded seven medals: two Overseas Service Bars, three Bronze Battle Stars, the State Theater Ribbon, and the Good Conduct WWII Victory Medal. Carl was a member of the Brothers of Brush American Legion Drill Team; Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Du Quoin, Illinois; and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a life member of the Du Quoin Elks and the Du Quoin American Legion.
Survivors include his son, Jim (Kathy) Campanella and their sons, Jordan (Candace) and Calen (Katie); his son, Joe (Becky) Campanella and his children, Joey, Clayton (Dawn) and Nastia (Charles); his daughter, Patti (Stan) Wilson and their sons, Derek (Salena) and Chad (Kristin); his son, Clem (Kendra) and their sons, Cory and Chase; 13 great-grandchildren; his sister, Marie Rice; sister-in-law, Gwen (Gale) Sizemore; brother-in-law, Clem (Linda) Quillman; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Lenora.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Du Quoin, Illinois at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 with Father Joseph Oganda officiating. Interment will be in Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Cemetery, Du Quoin, Illinois. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Du Quoin V.F.W. and American Legion.
Visitation will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Du Quoin, Illinois, from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and again from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. The rosary will be recited at the church at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church or the United States Veteran's Administration.
Pyatt Funeral Home, Du Quoin, Illinois, has been entrusted with arrangements.
For more information or to sign an online guest register, please visit pyattfuneralhome.com.