Obituaries » Richard P Michielli, Sr.
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August 27, 1930 - April 21, 2020
Richard P., Sr., age 89 of Magnolia, NJ passed away on April 21, 2020 surrounded by his family. Richard was the beloved husband to the late Santina “Sue” (nee Serafini) for over 63 years. Rich was the proud father of Susan Michielli, Vita “Dee” (Robert Binder), Cynthia Michielli (Michael Sigmund), Maria Pitosoia, Carmella “Camie” (Steven) Bradley and Richard (Gidget) Michielli, Jr., along with 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Richard and his wife Santina “Sue” built their home and moved to Magnolia in 1965. Rich served on the Magnolia Borough Council on three separate occasions (1976-1985; 1990-1998; 2012-2015). He dedicated time as a volunteer for many years for the Magnolia Rams Football Organization, Magnolia Little League, and Magnolia Girls Softball. Rich was an active member of Saint Gregory Roman Catholic Church and helped organize numerous carnivals and fundraising dinners for the parish (1965-2010). Richard and Sue owned the Suzeee Shop which they continued to operate until 2012, serving the Catholic Diocese with First Holy Communion attire.
Richard retired as a Union printing pressman and was a 70 year lifelong member of GCIU, Local 14, Philadelphia, PA. He started his printing career in 1950 at the age of 20. Richard worked at a number of union shops to include 30 years of service at Zabel Brothers located in Philadelphia. He also owned and raced horses.
In 1976, Rich was a member of the Magnolia Bicentennial Committee and from that experience he organized the Magnolia Independence Day celebration for the next ten years. In that same year, he was part of a group of Magnolia residents who helped to reorganize the Magnolia Recreation Committee. The committee raised funds to start the time-honored tradition of the Children’s Holiday Breakfast and Senior Holiday Luncheon in town. In 1985, the committee also raised money to purchase and dedicate the Vietnam Memorial at the American Legion as well as the walking track in Albertson Park.
Outside of Magnolia, Rich also served on the CC Open Space Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Committee (2000-20017). He also represented the town on the CC Municipal Joint Insurance Fund (1987-2017), J.I.F. Safety Committee (1999-2017) and he was an original member of the CC Health Insurance Fund (1991-2017. In honor of Rich’s service and commitment to the town, he was awarded the MAGNOLIA MEDAL in 2006.
A private viewing will be held for immediate family members and a memorial service for extended family and friends will be announced at a future date.