Age 100, of Chicago. Decorated US Army Veteran of WWII, 1942-1945, seeing action in North Africa and the Allied invasion of Italy. Beloved husband of Eleanor (nee Durkin) for over 50 years; son of the late Bernard and Elizabeth Casella; dear brother of the late Bernard, Frank, Rosella, and Eleanor; loving uncle, great uncle, and great great uncle of many; special thanks to Reah Fernandez for your love and support. After WWII James went to college on the GI Bill at St. Mary's in Minnesota. After college he had a successful career in the insurance business. For 50 years he and Eleanor lived at 400 East Randolph, they were one of the earliest residences of the building that Lake Shore Drive wound around. James was an avid Chicago sports fan, but his true passion was Notre Dame Football. In lieu of flowers, for God and Country, donations to Old St. Mary's Catholic Church (oldstmarys.com) and the VA are appreciated. Visitation Thursday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Prayer Services 10:30 a.m. at Michael Coletta Sons Funeral Home 544 W. 31st St. (Chicago) Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. For Service info (312)225-8500 or www.colettasonsfuneralhome.com
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