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Emanuel “Sonny” Sanfilippo



Emanuel “Sonny” Sanfilippo, 83, of Elm, N.J. died peacefully on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.


Sonny was born in Hammonton and went on to serve in the U.S. Airforce from 1956 – 1961. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 1026 and was 3rd degree in the Knights of Columbus Palloti Council. Sonny was an organizing member of the Squires, the Jr. Knights of Columbus as well as a charter member of the Elm Volunteer Fire Co. He was very active with the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Festival and ushered at St. Joseph Church. A draftsman by trade, Sonny worked for R.C.A. in Camden where he helped to develop the Apollo Spacecraft before continuing on to working for Dupont in Delaware. He retried as the manager of the Atco Raceway and went on to be a service representative for Tomasella Fire Equipment.


He is predeceased by his parents, Biagio and Mary Sanfilippo; daughter, Annette V. Micciche; brother, Lawrence Sanfilippo; and sisters, Angelina Macrie and Phyllis Tomasella.


Surviving are his loving wife, Carolyn (nee DiDomenico) and his sons, Dr. Emanuel Sanfilippo (Donna) and Michael Sanfilippo (Katrina). He is the loving grandfather to Travis James Bittenbender and Chris Micciche, Caryn (Harry) Carney and Jenna Sanfilippo, and Emanuel III, Santino and Talia Sanfilippo. He is the great-grandfather to Isabella and Dean.


Family and friends attended his viewing on January 5, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and another viewing will be held on January 6, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., both at the Marinella Funeral Home 102 N. Third St. Hammonton, N.J. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish St. Joseph Church 3rd & French Streets Hammonton, N.J. Entombment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery 248 S. First Rd. Hammonton, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sonny’s memory to V.F.W. Post 1026 P.O. Box 939 Hammonton, NJ 08037.


Arrangements made by Marinella Funeral Home.