Joseph Diello

July 15, 1926July 6, 2013
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Joseph Diello, 86 of New Bern died Saturday, July 6, 2013.

He was born in Syracuse New York on July 15, 1926. He served in the US Navy from 1944 to 1946 on the USS Sumter in the South Pacific and earned many WWII medals. He was in the Navy Reserve from 1946 to 1950. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1952 with an Engineering and Physical Science degree. He retired to New Bern in 1988.

While in New Bern he served on the Mayor’s Low Income Housing Board, volunteered for the Police Department and consulted as a volunteer on the development of Craven County and New Bern’s Geographic Information System (GIS). He was a member of the New Bern Elks Lodge # 764, American Legion Post #539, Veterans of Foreign War and the New Bern Golf and Country Club. He was an avid golfer and loved boating.

Joe was preceded in death by his son, Joseph.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Alvina; two daughters, Gertrude Corelli and Joe-Anne Mitchell and three sons, Patrick, Peter and James; two brothers, William and Fred and one sister, Nancy Hoalcraft; ten grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Cotten Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A memorial service with military honors will be held Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Cotten Funeral Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Veterans Committee, Elks Lodge #764, P. O. Box 1284, New Bern, NC 28563.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Arrangements are entrusted to Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 10, 2013
  • Memorial Service Thursday, July 11, 2013

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Jen Moore

July 11, 2013


I never had the opportunity to meet your father. But the values and wisdom he passed on to you are evident in nearly every conversation we have had. You have always honored him, and I know he would be proud. I wish we could be there today. Please pass along love and prayers to your family.

Much love,
Jen Moore

Michael Nagy

July 11, 2013

Joe Diello was a father figure to me in a time of need and always treated me as one of his own. I will never forget all the valuable life lessons I learned from him either in his words or actions. I have been blessed to have had Him in my thoughts and prayers go out to Mom and Jimmy and Peter, I love you all.

July 11, 2013

The Manni Family sends our deepest condolences to the Diello Family. We have many fond memories of Uncle Joe and Hinckley,NY. He was a good friend to our parents, Caesar and Jean. May he rest in peace.
Linda, Gayle, Joe, Christine and Jeffery

amy Diello

July 10, 2013

Aunt Alvina cricket Corky Peter Jimmy and patrick,
The words of Uncle Joe's passing saddened everyone whose life he touched. Wonderful memories of times together with all of you we have a very large family and Uncle Joe made it a point to know nearly every one of us..he will be missed dearly but never forgotten...wish we could be there but know you have much family and love at this time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.....
Much love, Amy & Marina Diello

Jon & Cindy Lastuvka

July 10, 2013

We are very sad to hear about the news. Joe Diello was a man who I had tremendous respect for. I will certainly miss him. May he rest in peace. My condelences to Mrs. Diello, Peter and James.

Steve Collins

July 10, 2013

They broke the mold when they made Joe Diello. You have been a good friend and mentor, I'll miss you.

Jennifer Potmesil

July 10, 2013

I will miss you forever Grandpa Joe. I am so glad to have had you in my life, if only for a short time. Grandma Vina, I love you and miss you and am thinking about you and sending many prayers your way.

Nichole Hamilton

July 9, 2013

Aunt Alvina I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Joe. I love him dearly and remember your visits to grandma and grandpas house (Bill and Jean Diello). We had such a wonderful time. He will be truely missed by me and everyone else. He was such a wonderful man. I love you both.

Jennifer Catlin

July 9, 2013

Aunt Alvina, Cricket, Corky, Patrick, Peter and Jimmy, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. Uncle Joe, we will miss you dearly but will always remain close in heart.


July 9, 2013

Aunt Alvina, Cricket, Corky, Patrick, Peter, Jimmy & families:

God Bless all of you during this difficult time. I wish I could be there. Many, many prayers & hugs are sent your way. In the days ahead as you grieve your loss, open your hearts to embrace the immense amount of love that so many friends and family have for you all. I pray you find some comfort in this.
Love, Laurie Diello-Anderson xxxxxxoooooo (niece)