Alfred P. "Fritz" Cassella

August 25, 1918March 31, 2013
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Alfred P. “Fritz” Cassella, 94, widower of Rose (Sekscenski) Cassella since 2001, of New Britain, passed away unexpectedly on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013 at the Southington Care Center. Alfred was born August 25, 1918 in New Britain, was son to the late Louis and Anna (Diemente) Cassella, attended local schools and was a lifetime resident. He was the owner and operator of Cassella’s Package Store for 39 years retiring in 1984. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, was active in all sports and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He proudly served during WWII in the U.S. Army, enlisting in Co. I Feb. 22, 1941 in New Britain, was inducted federal service Feb. 24, 1941, he served at Camp Blanding, Fla., Camp Shelby, Miss., and Fort Ord, California. Alfred served combats zones in the south pacific, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Russell Islands, Rendova, Munda and Vella La Vella in the New Georgia Islands, New Guinea and Philippines. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon with 4 battle stars for Guadacandal, Northern Solomons, New Guinea, Luzon and Philippine Islands, also awarded Philippine Liberation Ribbon with service star, Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters, Presidential unit citation. He received a Battlefield Commission May, 1945 at Luzon, Philippines and was honorably discharged Sept. 1945 at Ft. Devens, Mass. He was a two term city Alderman, two term chairman of the Board of water commissioners, six year member of the Board of Directors Indian Hill Country Club, Newington and was a past Commander of the 169th Infantry Veterans Corps. and lifetime member of the VFW. He was also the recipient of Central Connecticut State University 1992 Veteran Public Service Award for Excellence in military, civilian and community service and named veteran of the year in 1992 by the New Britain Veterans Council for furthering the cause of veterans and their dependents. He is survived and will be dearly missed by his children; his son, Alfred Cassella and his wife Phyllis Cassella of Newington, two daughters: Susan Wanat and her husband Louis of Suffield and Lori Primich and her husband George of Berlin, his five precious grandchildren: Michael Cassella and his fiancé Suzie Kubis, Jennifer Wanat, Jay Wanat and his wife Sylwia, George Primich Jr. and Daniel Primich, one great granddaughter; Giada Cassella, a sister in law; Felice Cassella, and many nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by a brother; Joseph Cassella and a sister Rose Nash. Funeral services will begin Friday, April 5, 2013 at 9:00am from New Britain Memorial Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Ave., New Britain followed by the Funeral Service at 10:00am in St. Jerome Church. Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation hours will be held Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 3-7pm at the funeral home. Memorial donations may also be made to the Wounded Warrior Project,P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or visit link below attached. The family would also like to thank his caregivers Margaret and John and the staff of Southington Care Center. For directions or to extend messages, please visit


  • Visitation Thursday, April 4, 2013
  • Funeral Liturgy Friday, April 5, 2013

Alfred P. "Fritz" Cassella

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Nancy & Bob Novack

April 5, 2013

Lori and your family. Our deepest heartfelt condolences. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead and may you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you.

Debby Collin Nelson

April 4, 2013

So sorry for your loss Lori and extended sympathies to your family.

Deb & Rich Kevorkian

April 4, 2013

So sorry Lori for your Dad's passing. May he rest in peace and watch over you and his family. Our thoughts are with you during this time. God Bless.

April 4, 2013

Lori, George and The Cassella Family, My Dad and I, Joe and Tommy Alderuccio send our condolences and prayers... My Dad was in I Company, 169th Infantry, 43rd Infantry Division with Fritz in the Southwest Pacific... The Greatest Generation !!! God Bless, Tommy Alderuccio

CSM(Ret) Robert Moeller

April 4, 2013

Cassella Family: My deepest sympathy on the passing of your father. Although I didn't know him as long as most, I was proud to be one of his friends.

Ted Sekscenski

April 3, 2013

Fred, Susan, Lori, I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was a kind, gentle, and loving man who also fought in combat for his country and for those he loved. His bright smile and kind words touched many lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Paul and Elid Sekscenski

April 3, 2013

Dear Fred, Susan and Lori,
It was with much sadness that we learned of the passing of your father, a hero to his country, his community, and his family. His quiet and caring manner will be remembered forever. You and he are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob Haniewski

April 2, 2013

It was an honor to have known you and a privilege to have called you my uncle. Rest in Peace Uncle Fred.

Carol Bogdan

April 2, 2013

Freddy, Susan and Lori,
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved father. I am sure you have many beautiful memories of him that will sustain you throughout this difficult time. He is now, I am sure, with your mom and the rest of the family enjoying and sharing many happy stories. I can't make it to the funeral, but please know that my most heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love, Carol

Red & Ev

April 2, 2013

So sorry for your loss. you are in our hearts and prayers.