Joseph Florentino Orabona

July 16, 1921April 22, 2013
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Joseph F. Orabona, a 56-year resident of Sudbury, died Monday, April 22, 2013 following a period of declining health. He was 91 and the husband for 61 years of Marjorie (Seifert) Orabona. Born in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Giuseppe and Antonia (Sprocci) Orabona, and was a graduate of New Bedford High School in 1939. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1942 through 1946 as a Machinist Mate 2nd Class on Fletcher-class Destroyers in the Pacific Theater. He was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal among others and was recalled to naval service in the Korean conflict. Following graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1955, Mr. Orabona worked for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Labs as a mechanical engineer. In addition to his wife, Marjorie, he is survived by 5 children; Marcus Orabona of Ormond Beach, FL; Lisa Atwood of Woodstock, CT; Andrea Orabona of Lander, WY; Justin Orabona of Manassas, VA; and Lucas Orabona of Hudson, MA. He also leaves 10 grandchildren; Ashley Bailey; Jamieson and Jessica Atwood; Quinn Cerovski; and Lindsey, Laine, Michael, Emily, David and Danielle Orabona; and 2 great grandchildren, Jaedin and Kaspen Sorrell. He is also survived by his sisters Olga Cardullo and Mary Balestracci of New Bedford, MA. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 27, at 11:00 am from the Duckett-J. S. Waterman & Sons Home of Memorial Tribute followed by a funeral liturgy at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 160 Concord Road, Sudbury at 1:00 pm. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Burial with Naval Honors will be at Wadsworth Cemetery, Sudbury. Rather than flowers, the family suggests that contributions in Joseph’s memory be made to Goodnow Library Foundation, 21 Concord Rd., Sudbury, MA 01776. For additional information, tributes, and guest book, please visit


  • Visitation Friday, April 26, 2013

Joseph Florentino Orabona

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D. Barber

May 4, 2013

I wish to express my condolences to the family. I know that your loss is great. May you find comfort from the God of all comfort who helps us to cope with our grief. It can be so hard to face each day without your loved one, but the love and support of family and friends can help to ease your pain and sorrow.

Douglas Seifert

April 27, 2013

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I have always remembered Uncle Joe as a good family man and an example of a good life.

Glenn Pacheco

April 25, 2013

Please accept my sympathy. He had a great life with a wonderful family. The photos bring back fond memories. Glenn Pacheco and family

Karl Gallegos

April 25, 2013

Powerful, silent, thoughtful, gentle... Joe was the only grandfather figure my children had. He is missed by my family, but we have gratitude for the joy of knowing him.

April 25, 2013

Sorry for your loss, he was a great accomplished man that will be missed by many. My thoughts are with you all.
John Maguire

April 25, 2013

He knew he was very loved, as is his family.There is nothing more important!

with hugs from the entire Keith-Curtis Family

Tami Clark

April 24, 2013

Sorry for your Loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your Family . TAMI CLARK. MARCUS FRIEND

Ray Butler

April 23, 2013

Terribly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.