Michael Bell Sr. Of Voorhees, NJ age 86, died suddenly on December 20, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
Beloved husband of 64 years to Joan A. (nee Petarra). Devoted father of Joan R. and her husband H. Timothy Dombrowski, Michael F. Jr. and his wife Dawn, all of Voorhees and the late Janice Rose Bell, second father to Rosera and her husband Domenic DiPiero of Locust, NJ. Loving grandfather of Diana and her husband Jeffrey, Daniel, Michael F., III and his fiancée Jodi, Michelle F., Vincent and Nicolas. Proud great-grandfather of Alexander; Christian and Brody. Dear brother of Vincent, Anthony and the late John. Also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he loved.
Michael was born and raised in Port Chester, NY. He served his country in the Army during WW II. Member and past Exalted Ruler of Port Chester Elks Club. He received two degrees from Bloomsburg Univ., one in education, the other in business. He was a former teacher at Camden H.S. and also worked for the Post Office. It was there that he got the idea to open a correspondence school. He established The State National Training Service about 60 years ago with his wife Joan in Voorhees and later his children became part of the family business which still operates today with him going into the office even though he was retired. He loved to write poems and a book of them called "Always in My Heart" was dedicated to his late daughter Janice. He also wrote a book of fiction called "Light of Heaven".
Michael was a hard working dedicated family man, who loved music and to hear laughter from his children and grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Friday 9:30 to 10:45 AM at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 27 Kresson Gibbsboro Rd., Gibbsboro, where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 AM. Int. at Calvary Cem., Cherry Hill with Military Honors will follow. For information and condolences, please visit www.giosafuneralhome.com.
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