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Joseph V. Critelli - 10/26/37 - 09/16/03
Valley Center, CA
Published on 09/19/03

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.

At the age of 23, he enlisted in the Air Force Reserve where he received an Honorable Discharge.

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.

In 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.

Funeral 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.

Memorial contributions can be made to Scripps Green Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Center, 10666 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California 92037.



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