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Labenski Funeral Home

107 Boswell Avenue, Norwich, CT

OBITUARY

Paul "Val" Lamperelli

May 16, 1925May 6, 2020

May 16, 1925- May 6, 2020

Paul (Val) Lamperelli of Uncasville, passed away peacefully at his home on May 6, 2020; just ten days shy of his 95th birthday. He was born in Norwich, Connecticut; the son of the late Michael Lamperelli and Maria DeCeglie. He was the youngest brother of eight.

Drafted at the age of 18, Val, Private First Class; bravely served his country in the Company D 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division in the Ardennes and Rhineland from 1944- 1946. Wounded at the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, he was honorably discharged and awarded the Purple Heart. In 1945, he went to France to play saxophone with the USO, still proudly representing his country until his discharge in 1946. In addition to the Purple Heart, Val earned the Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Conduct Medal. He is the true definition of a hero.

Val and his brothers operated the former and iconic Seven Brothers Orchestra and Nightclub, in New London CT for 25 years. A self- taught musician, he played the saxophone and clarinet with his brothers until the building was sold. He then went on to play alongside his brother Albert and nephews in the Lamperelli 2nd Generation Band continuing to keep the family legacy alive. Val maintained his passion and talent for music by playing with the Illusions Band until the age of 90.

Val was best known for his sense of humor, jovial personality, love of travel, musical talent and overall zest for life. If he wasn’t playing his saxophone, he could be found in the gym lifting weights with his infamous garden gloves, digging for clams or eating Sunday dinners with his family. He was devoted to his wife Lucia, and spent all of his days loving and caring for her.

In addition to his loving wife of 68 years, Lucia; he will be greatly missed by his daughter Maria Gwudz and her husband Stanley; granddaughter Stephanie DeGaetano and her husband Evan; and grandson Gregory Gwudz and his wife Megan. He was blessed to have witnessed the births of four beautiful great grandchildren; Stella, Wade, Taylor and Joseph. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the VNA of Southeastern Connecticut for the care and compassion provided to Paul over the past few months. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Paul’s name to:

Disabled Veterans of America DAV Chapter 10 Attention- CDR Brian Hague P.O. Box 255 Versailles, CT 06383 Memo- In memory of Paul Lamperelli

Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Graveside services with full military honors will be held on Wednesday, May 13 at 11:00 AM at Saint Joseph’s Cemetery; 815 Boswell Avenue, Norwich CT. For online condolences, please visit www.labenskifuneralhome.com.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Graveside Service with Military Honors

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Please maintain social distancing protocols and/or masks

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Joanne Luzietti

May 12, 2020

To Lucy, Maria, and all the family, sorry for your loss. Val was such a great guy, always friendly, a great musician, and a good husband and father, and I’m sure a warm and loving grandfather too. He was always cheerful when he called Arizona so his wife could talk to me and when I called Conn., he was always just as jolly. He had a good life and was a proud veteran as well!

John Casey

May 11, 2020

Dear Maria and family, I recently learned of your father's passing and would like to express my deepest condolences. He obviously lived a long life and was a proud veteran. Those who fought in WWII really were a special generation and their sacrifices have helped us all enjoy the lives we have today. I hope you can take some comfort knowing the joy I'm sure he took in seeing the wonderful family you've raised. With deep sympathy, John Casey

Carmen Loseto

May 10, 2020

Zia, I am so sorry for your loss, I know how much you loved Zio, I am very sad, I will never forget Zio Valentino I have beautiful childhood memories to remember forever. Dearly Carmencita.

Kathy Donat (Silvestre)

May 10, 2020

Hi Lucy, So very sorry to hear about Val he was such a wonderful person always a smile and outgoing person. Please give my condolences to Maria as well as your grand children. Take care of yourself.
Love Kathy

Barbara Thompson

May 10, 2020

Vito, so sorry to learn of the passing of your Uncle Val. I have fond memories of him at UNC. He would leave work singing as I was coming into work at the shift change. Also, we talked many times at the Salon as he waited for his wife. My condolences to her too, on the passing of her devoted and loving husband. Sincerely, Barbara Thompson

Karen Olsen Mankowski

May 10, 2020

My family grew up next door to Val Lamperelli and his family. I will always remember going fishing with him and his daughter Maria, and all the family picnics that my family was invited to. He was always laughing and funny to be around. Prayers to his wife and family, he will be sadly missed.

Michael Mariano

May 10, 2020

Deepest sympathy to his wife Lucia and family. I knew Val while he was employed at United Nuclear. He had an infectious personality, always singing with a big smile. He was truly a fantastic person.

Jim Kudej

May 9, 2020

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