Rev. Emil Francis Fardellone SDB

November 10, 1916December 30, 2012
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Reverend Emil Francis Fardellone entered Eternal Rest peacefully on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at the age of 96. Fr. Emil was born on November 10, 1916 and was the beloved son of the late Peter Fardellone and Gilda Ciccarelli Fardellone. He was the brother of John Fardellone, the late Anthony Fardellone, the late Frank Fardellone, the late Victor Fardellone, the late Basil Fardellone, the late Anna Semaska and the late Theresa Archacki and is survived by his nieces and nephews Margaret Ahearn (Albany, NY), Lucille Savarino (St. Croix, USVI), Stanley Archacki (Long Island, NY), Michael Archacki (CT), Patricia Fardellone (New Port Richey, FL) John Fardellone (Long Island, NY), Paul Fardellone (Rochester, NY) and Donna McTiernan (Long Island, NY). Fr. Emil was baptized on December 2, 1916 in New York City and confirmed on May 30, 1926 also in New York City. Fr. Emil entered the Salesian of St. John Bosco in 1931 as a high school seminarian. Fr. Emil made his first profession on September 2, 1934 at Don Bosco College in Newton, NJ and he was ordained there as a Priest on July 2, 1944. During his 80 years as a Salesian, Fr. Emil has taught at Salesian High School in New Rochelle, NY (1936-1940, 1948-1950) and Mary Help of Christians School in Tampa, FL (1944-1948). He served as a director of the Salesian Schools in Tampa, FL (1950-1956) and New Rochelle, NY (1959-1963) as well as of Don Bosco Tech in Boston, MA (1956-1959). He was the New Rochelle, NY Province’s Superintendent of schools from 1963 to 1967 and Don Bosco Tech’s director of development from 1967 until 1970. In 1970 Father Emil took on parochial ministry, serving as pastor of St. Rosalie’s Church in Harvey, LA, for 12 years. In 1982 he became the founding pastor of St. John Bosco Chruch, also in Harvey, LA, serving for another 12 years. At age 78, he served on the staff at Don Bosco Tech in Boston, MA (1994-1998), of the provincial residence in New Rochelle, NY (1998-1999), of St. Kieran’s Church in Miami, FL (1999-2005), and since 2005 at Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, LA.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, January 2, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, January 4, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 4, 2013

Rev. Emil Francis Fardellone SDB

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January 27, 2014

Sister Jeanne McLoughlin in Ireland remembers with great affection Fr Emil Fardellone, SDB., and greatly appreciated all he did and his great co-operation when she was in St Rosalie's and St Leo's. With prayers and love.

Mary Jude Darrow

January 8, 2013

Father Emil carried the candle for so many of us in dark times. I always respected him, loved his sense of humor, and will keep him in my prayers.


January 8, 2013

Uncle Emil--You were such a part of my life growing up and as an adult. I will always remember your support during difficult times and all the fun we had. You were an important part of my life and I miss you terribly. I'm sure you are surrounded by the rest of the family in Heaven and will continue to send your prayers down to us on earth. Love Margaret

Lana DeSimone

January 8, 2013

I miss you Padrino. My heart is heavy but I find comfort knowing you have Peace with death and Eternal Life in Heaven.

Julienne Stewart

January 5, 2013

Fr. Emil was a very special person in my life. He came to St. Rosalie when I was a child. He quickly became great friends with my father and a member of our entire family. Most important events im my life included Fr. Emil. I could not begin to list them all. He was an inspiration in my life and taught me much about my faith. I was fortunate to visit him one last time on his 96th birthday. A group led the rosary. I am so grateful to have prayed with him one last time. He said to me every time we spoke, "God Bless You". I know God has blessed him. I will miss him tremendously.

Ruby Armbruster-Letner

January 4, 2013

Father Emile was not only my pastor for years, but a true friend indeed. I remember the dinners in my home and especially his love for the sour cream pound cake I make. Many memories I will cherish. Ruby Armbruster-Legner

January 4, 2013

Fr. Emil was a wonderful man and a very dedicated priest. I will be eternally grateful for his guidance and priestly example during my childhood. It is through his priestly example that I was deeply moved to my priestly vocation. The many occasions where he invited me to accompany him on sick calls, serve the Holy Mass, assist at funerals, shadow him and observe his administrative duties, pray the Liturgy of the Hours all helped me find a natural comfort and happiness in my vocational discernment. He was like a second father to me. May he rest in peace.
Rev. William C. Blanda
Pastor, St. Mary Magdalen Church
Abbeville, LA

Theresa Poussard

January 3, 2013

I will never forget Fr. Emil. He baptized my first child in 1985. Father suggested to us that St. John Bosco be the saint representing his baptismal name, I hadn't thought much about it until then. What a wonderful suggestion it was. I can only imagine the smile on his face meeting Don Bosco at the gates of heaven. Enjoy your heavenly reward Fr. Emil!

Beth Norman

January 3, 2013

I first met Fr. Emil about 6 years ago when I was transferred to Westside Leitz Eagan. He would walk everyday ( in his 90's) for exercise and would be praying the rosary the entire time. He always stopped by to let the ladies of Westside dote on him just a little. If there was ever a family in need or without a priest for their funeral, he gladly volunteered and would deliver a message so well that you never knew he didn't know that family personally. While he is finally enjoying his lifetime of work and dedication in Heaven we all have heavy hearts knowing that smile will only be in our memory! What a great man!

Fr. Robert Cavalier

January 3, 2013

As a diocesan priest I was always impressed how much Fr. Emil made himself at home in the Archdiocese and worked together with other priests and parishes. May he rest in peace and be welcomed home as a generous and faithful servant of the Lord.
Grace and peace to family and friends.