Edward Mark Cappelletti
February 16, 1941 – June 7, 2018
Edward Mark Cappelletti was born on February 16, 1941 in Cleveland, OH to Mark and Felicia Cappelletti, and passed away at age 77 on June 7, 2018 in Fresno, CA. He was the second oldest of four sons.
His parents, two brothers Anthony & Robert Cappelletti, son Anthony Mosesian Cappelletti, a brother in-law Alan Young, and two sister-in-laws Arlene Young and Gay Cappelletti, preceded him in death.
Growing up in the Italian District of Cleveland, OH, Edward was always surrounded by family and friends enjoying much of his mother’s Italian cuisine. It was convenient that woods and berry bushes surrounded their home, which kept the four boys out of the house. Their mother often put them to work picking berries for her various desserts. Edward learned to cut hair from his father, a skill that served him well at Miami University, Oxford, OH, where he would offer haircuts for extra cash. He received his B.S./B.A. from Miami and proudly wore his class ring for much of his life.
Edward enlisted and served in the Army from 1964 to 1966 that garnered him Vietnam Service and Good Conduct Medals. Soon after returning to the states, he purchased his 1966 Convertible Mustang, “Hoss”, and drove cross country to Los Angeles, CA to pursue his Master’s at UCLA. A social and outgoing type, he quickly added to his group of close friends referred to as the “Stoner Avenue Gang” named for the street they lived on. Often they would hang out at Manhattan Beach. On one particular afternoon, a beautiful young woman who was out walking her dog caught Edward’s eye. It was in this moment that he met the love of his life, Joylene. The two have been inseparable since.
Together they enjoyed riding in Hoss up and down the California Coast line visiting Monterey, Carmel, Santa Cruz and San Francisco, where Edward later found work. It was not until they settled down to start a family did they find themselves back in Fresno where camping trips to Yosemite became their new “weekend getaways.”
Always determined to better himself, Edward received his M.B.A. from California State University, Fresno, making him more marketable in the Central Valley arena. For well over a decade, he worked for the City of Fresno, and was very active in the development and growth of its long-range technical structure. His talent was recognized by other large companies who swooped him up to serve the West Coast Region. Not one to slow down, upon retirement Edward stepped in to assistant Joylene’s family with the management of their raisin vineyards in Selma.
His highest honor was that of fathering his children. Edward was very active with his kids. He coached soccer, baseball and basketball, served as PTA President, built scenery, participated in the YMCA programs, went camping and fishing, but most importantly always supported their paths and journeys, near and far.
A strong, kind, loving man, with a wicked sense of humor, he will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
Edward is survived by his wife Joylene, his daughter and son-in law Sunshine Cappelletti and Christopher Ross; his sons Dominic and Gabriel Cappelletti; grandsons Anakin, Griffin and Cyrus; his brother Ronald Cappelletti; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and three sister-in-laws.
Visitation will be held at Lisle Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Masis-Ararat Cemetery in Fresno on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
- Joylene June Cappelletti, Wife
- Sunshine Cappelletti, Daughter
- Christopher Ross, Son-in-law
- Dominic Jacob Cappelletti, Son
- Gabriel Cappelletti, Son
- Ronald Cappelletti, Brother
- Edward also leaves behind his grandsons Anakin, Griffin, Cyrus and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and three sister-in-laws.
- Dominic Cappelletti
- Gabriel Cappelletti
- Christopher Ross
- Armen Ghanbarian
- Ben Parks
- Jason Stegall
- Alzheimer’s Association.
- Visitation Wednesday, June 20, 2018
- Graveside Service Thursday, June 21, 2018
Edward Mark Cappelletti
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June 19, 2018
Dear Joylene, Sunshine, Dominik and Gabriel,
Charlie and I were so saddened and surprised to hear about Ed's passing. We remember his jovial personality, kindness, and helpfulness as he did so many jobs to make the TALENT program great. Ed was very articulate when expressing the support your family had for the school. I, in particular, remember how much that support meant to me when I had to help deal with parents and community members who were not supportive. We're thankful we had the opportunity to know Ed and serve along with you both, Joylene, for those years.
June 18, 2018
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Ed was a wonderful kind man. He touched everyones life who came in contact with him it was an honor to live across the street your family. Joylene if I can do anything to help you please let me know. Much love to your family. Gaye Cissel