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|JOSEPH V. CRITELLI|
Valley Center, CA
Joseph V. Critelli, son of John and Carmella Critelli, was born on
October 26, 1937 in Des Moines, Iowa. He passed away September 16, 2003 at Scripps
Green Hospital in La Jolla, California at the age of 65.
Joe attended Des
Moines area schools and after graduation, attended Iowa State Teachers College
for a short time. He then changed career paths and, after attending barber college,
opened Joe Critelli's Barbershop at the corner of Seventh and Grand.
the age of 23, he enlisted in the Air Force Reserve where he received an Honorable
In his early 30's, along with John Compiano, he opened the Husker
restaurant which he operated successfully for ten years. During this time, he
decided to expand his entrepreneurial talent, and with Ron Burns, opened Oakmoor
Racquetball Club In Des Moines and later the Glass Grill restaurant in Johnston.
1986 Joe and Connie moved from Des Moines to Las Vegas where they resided for
ten years and, once again, owned restaurants. Ready for a new challenge, Joe and
Connie moved to Valley Center, California in 1996 to be closer to their children
and grandchildren. They own and operate two restaurants.
Preceding him in
death was his father, Joseph Critelli, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Connie
of Valley Center, California; his mother, Carmella of Des Moines; his brother,
Johnnie Jr. of Las Vegas, and finance Victoria Jurovich of Los Angeles; his daughter,
Kathy, son-in-law, Howard, and grandchildren, Anthony and Nicole Puterman of Henderson,
Nevada; daughter, Brenda Reish and son, Gregory Reish, both of Playa del Rey,
California; his nephew, Jeffrey Critelli of Las Vegas, niece, Julie Critelli Larson
and her family of Des Moines; mother-in-law, Ivalee Shepherd of Osceola, Iowa;
and a host of relatives and many, many great friends.
Joe was always ready
for a great dinner, a great time with friends, and a competitive game of golf.
We will remember Joe by his generous spirit and anonymous giving to others.
services for Joseph V. Critelli will be 11:00AM, Monday, September 22, 2003, at
Westover Funeral Home. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery. The family will receive
friends one hour prior to the funeral service Monday at the funeral home.
contributions can be made to Scripps Green Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Center,
10666 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California 92037.