WALLINGFORD - Salvatore Verselli, 79, of 81 Ridgecrest Road, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at Masonic Healthcare Center after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of the late Emily Kaminski Verselli. Born in Meriden on June 9, 1923, he was the son of the late Frank and Rose Papallo Verselli. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was awarded the Purple Heart and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He had been employed at the former International Silver Company, Factory E and later at the Masonic Home. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wallingford and had been a member of the former Grace Baptist Church in Meriden. He is survived by three daughters, Joyce and Steve Chessher of Cleveland, Georgia, Laura Verselli of Meriden and Ione and Jose Hernandez of Meriden; a son, Mark and Mary Verselli of Wallingford; four grandchildren, Emily and Rachel Hernandez of Meriden and Michael and Matthew Verselli of Wallingford; a sister, Georgette and Philip D'Amico of Meriden; a sister-in-law, Jennie Verselli of Meriden, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Daniel Verselli and Frank Verselli ,Jr. and a sister, Mary Prica. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Wallingford, 114 No. Main St., Wallingford. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of Beecher & Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Connecticut, 33 No. Plains Industrial Rd., Wallingford, CT 06492.

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  1. Dear Mark and Mary, So sorry to hear about your dad. Our prayers are with you at this time. Love, Wendy, John, and boys.

  2. Ione, Jose & Family, our heartfelt sympathy to all, sent with our friendship, love and prayers. I’ll always remember your dad when I was younger as a giant of a man. A gentle giant, always with a smile on his face. Love, Your Old Friends, The Couture’s

  3. Many words come to mind when I think of the time in my life when I knew Mr. Verselli: Gentle kindness, great sense of humor, golf, and a yellow Subaru. Ours prayers are with him and with the family he loved.

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