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“I am so sorry for your loss. ”
1 of 60 | Posted by: C - Mount Sinia, NY

“TO: ANTOINETTE AND THE ENTIRE MASELLI FAMILY MR.JOE'S SMILE WAS HIS GREATEST ASSET. HE WAS SHORT IN STATUE BUT CAST A GIANT SHADOW! HE WAS ALWAYS...Read More »
2 of 60 | Posted by: JOSEPH A. LA NASA, JR MD - Monroe, LA

“My thoughts are with you Frank and your Family. ”
3 of 60 | Posted by: Delphine - New Orleans, LA

“It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Mr. Maselli, yet I joyously celebrate his life. It was my privilege to be a neighbor to...Read More »
4 of 60 | Posted by: Antonio Garcia - Richmond, VA

“Mr. Joseph Maselli was an inspiring force not only as the founder of the Italian American Renaissance Foundation in New Orleans, as President of...Read More »
5 of 60 | Posted by: Rosemary J. Uzzo

“Frank, My deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of a truly great man and great citizen. Joe Holt ”
6 of 60 | Posted by: Joe Holt - New Orleans, LA

“Frank, Tricia and I saddend by the news of your fathers passing. You and your family are in our prayers. Your father was a great man who loved his...Read More »
7 of 60 | Posted by: Lewis & Tricia Stirling - LA

“Emily ans I were saddened to hear of the of mr. Maselli. We never had the privilege of meeting him but Frank has been a dear friend and if his father...Read More »
8 of 60 | Posted by: jeff & emily windes - New Orleans, LA

“Frank, You have our deepest sympathy for the loss of your father,our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.If I was in better health I...Read More »
9 of 60 | Posted by: Mary Ann Roche' & Larry Spahn - LA

“My deepest condolences to Antoinette and Family on the death of my friend Joe Maselli. U. S. Congressman Steve Scalise ”
10 of 60 | Posted by: U.S.Congressman Steve Scalise - LA

“We send our sincere Condolences to Antoinette Maselli, and family on the death on our dear friend Joe Maselli. His legacy will live on for a very...Read More »
11 of 60 | Posted by: Don & Linda Gennaro - Metairie, LA

“Frank, Lance Mitchell and I were friends many moons ago. Just sending my thoughts and prayers for you and your family in this time grief. Bless you...Read More »
12 of 60 | Posted by: albert pavy - pass christian, MS

“Dear Maselli Family, What a sweet man he was. He always had a smile and a good wish to all! My sincere condolences. Charlie Gay ”
13 of 60 | Posted by: Charles Gay - New Orleans, LA

“I served for ten years on the New Orleans Aviation Board with Joe. He always conducted himself as a gentlemen. Several years ago he helped Ginger and...Read More »
14 of 60 | Posted by: Joseph E. Berrigan, Jr. - LA

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the death of Joseph Maselli. I know how difficult this must be for you and your family at this time, my thoughts...Read More »
15 of 60 | Posted by: Viktoria - New Orleans, LA

“To the whole Maselli family, I am so sorry for your loss. Antoinette, I will always cherish the memories of the time we spent together during the...Read More »
16 of 60 | Posted by: Dian Darre' - River Ridge, LA

“Frank; Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We know how close a family yours is like ours and with that you all will be enriched....Read More »
17 of 60 | Posted by: Tricia Shea Starr, Teresa Shea & Melanie Shea - LA

“Dear Joe, I was so sorry to hear about your father's death. I never met him, but stories about his generous lively personality abound. I am glad he...Read More »
18 of 60 | Posted by: Nikko Fischer - Metairie, LA

“Cynthia (Wilson) Kellum (Palm Street) many years ago. ”
19 of 60 | Posted by: Cynthia (Wilson) Kellum - LA

“Please know our heartfelt sympathies are with you Frank. ”
20 of 60 | Posted by: Conrad and Susan Madden - LA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Maselli family. Mary Francis Valenti Copping, daughter of Lily Cammarata Valenti ”
21 of 60 | Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. Leon L. Copping - LA

“joe, it was a pleasure knowing you for 40 plus years. the first time i met you, i was a photographer for the times picayune in the mid sixties....Read More »
22 of 60 | Posted by: terry and loredana friedman - LA

“Joe was loyal friend who was truly loved by my entire family. His efforts to portray to true image of Italian-Americans will never be forgotten. He...Read More »
23 of 60 | Posted by: Judge Philiop Ciaccio - LA

“a man that by his presence, give strenght and comfort, to the vision of a great future by keeping the italian heritage, La. Italians have lost the...Read More »
24 of 60 | Posted by: Valentino Rovere - new orleance, LA

“Prayers to the family of Joe. He was a wonderful friend, father and loving husband. We will all miss his happy face and helping hands. He is with God...Read More »
25 of 60 | Posted by: Sandy Locascio Trussell - LA

“Jan, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sharon and Anjell are also thinking of you and yours. ”
26 of 60 | Posted by: Donna R. Duplantier - New Orleans, LA

“To Frank and his mother and siblings ....Please accept my sincere regrets at not being able to join you and your many friends for the service of Mr....Read More »
27 of 60 | Posted by: Elizabeth D. Neilson - LA

“Our prayers are with the family at this time. We are so fortunate to have known Joe and his wonderful family. Tom and Rachel Gaglio ”
28 of 60 | Posted by: Tom and Rachel Gaglio - Santa Ana, CA

“Dear Frank and Jan, You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Sincerely,...Read More »
29 of 60 | Posted by: Karen Kroll - Mandeville, LA

“Ciao America salutes a great Italian American who contributed so much to the Italian American community. ”
30 of 60 | Posted by: Ciao America - Washington, DC

“To the Maselli Family Please know that if not for the distance we would be with you on Friday. Joe Maselli was one of the finest men we have ever...Read More »
31 of 60 | Posted by: Vince and Jodi Ferragamo - Orange, CA

“DEAR,FRANK VERY SORRY TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR LOST.YOUR FATHER WAS A GREAT MAN AND DURING THE TIME I,WAS IN THE AIRCRAFT BUSSINESS,AND ON THE CITH...Read More »
32 of 60 | Posted by: NICHOLAS - KENNER

“We will truly miss Joe and the good works that he has done for our Community. He was always so nice to my wife Pat and myself when we met him in the...Read More »
33 of 60 | Posted by: Henry Shane - Metairie, LA

“my prayers are with you and your family.Imailed Biff and let him know. Be tough Nino. ”
34 of 60 | Posted by: billy pettingill - no, LA

“We wish our deepest prayer and condolences to you and your family. ”
35 of 60 | Posted by: Randall Harrell and Family, Raynard Harrell and Family, and Roos

“I will hold you and your family in my prayer. Sorry for your great loss. May he rest in Peace. ”
36 of 60 | Posted by: Margaret Harrell - New Orleans, LA

“Uncle Dom and Family, we are so sorry for loss of Uncle Joe. Our prayers are with you and your family. He will be truly missed. Larry,Tara Strada...Read More »
37 of 60 | Posted by: Larry and Tara Strada

“We are sorry for your loss. Jerry has the most fond memories of Joe comming into Hub Hobby Shop with Frank when Frank was a young boy. Our thoughts...Read More »
38 of 60 | Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Kelly - LA

“Subject In Loving Memory of Joe Maselli To all my Italian American friends, family and loved ones... please forward... My heart aches as I...Read More »
39 of 60 | Posted by: Tony, Mary and Annemarie De Nonno - NY

“My mother, Gertrude Macaluso Helwick, and I were very saddened to hear of Mr. Maselli's passing. He was such an outspoken advocate for Italian...Read More »
40 of 60 | Posted by: Michael Helwick - Covington, LA

“Joe, I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I remember him fondly. Every time called or came to the office, he made everyone feel special. ”
41 of 60 | Posted by: Mary Pendergraft - Chalmette, LA

“A man is loved not for how tall he stands, but for how often he bends to help, comfort and teach those less fortunate than himself. Mr Joe was indeed...Read More »
42 of 60 | Posted by: Glenn Leblanc - New Orleans, LA

“Jan, your dad was a wonderful man. Every time our paths would cross, he always gave a smile, always gave a compliment, always said how nice it was to...Read More »
43 of 60 | Posted by: Jo Vath Blythe - Kenner, LA

“Antoinette and Family, Our deepest sympathy is with you all at this terrible time. I could never forget Joe and all he meant to me. And you, Dominick...Read More »
44 of 60 | Posted by: JOSEPH P SUNSERI - KENNER, LA

“Deepest Sympathy. - Rita Guzzardi Morales and Family. ”
45 of 60 | Posted by: Rita Guzzardi Morales - Metairie, LA

“Dear NiNi,Chip,Frank,Jan,and Mike, Please know that you and your families have my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy on your loss of"Mr. Joe"...Read More »
46 of 60 | Posted by: Eric Kitziger - Metairie, LA

“My sincerest condolences to all of the family. My Daddy and Mom, James and Leah Camarata, were extremely fond of the family. ”
47 of 60 | Posted by: Rosemary Camarata Fritz - Walker, LA

“I count myself among many who have been truly blessed to know Mr. Maselli. He and I first connected after I realized that he was a diabetic just like...Read More »
48 of 60 | Posted by: Misty Soto - Marrero, LA

“Although we had never met, he reached out to us during our time of loss and need. His heart felt gift to us has always been remembered. Our sincere...Read More »
49 of 60 | Posted by: Letitia, Tiffinie, and Joseph Cadwell, Jr. - LA

“One of the true Italian-Americans of our time. You will be missed by all of us. Ciao paisan ”
50 of 60 | Posted by: Rob Ciuffi - Harahan, LA

“He was one of the greats and we will miss him terribly. The Tulane Alumni Association sends its deepest condolences to all the Masellis. With love...Read More »
51 of 60 | Posted by: Charlotte Travieso - New Orleans, LA

“So sorry about your loss. Your father was a wonderful man and has a great family to continue. ”
52 of 60 | Posted by: Sydney & Lea Perez - New Orleans, LA

“Dear Frank,Rosemonde and I are saddened to hear of your father's passing. We did not know him well but always herd good things said about him. He was...Read More »
53 of 60 | Posted by: Carlo Capomazza di Campolattaro - LA

“Dear Antoinette, Frank and the entire Maselli Family, I was so fortunate to have known Mr. Maselli through Chief Giarrusso and Peggy Wilson....Read More »
54 of 60 | Posted by: Rhonda Beckham Dorfman - OH

“How nice it was to meet the Maselli's through Jan, Jim, Matt and Michael. We have many wonderful memories of Mr. Joe from our many years spent at...Read More »
55 of 60 | Posted by: Mary J. Lee - New Orleans, LA

“Ms. Antoinette and Family: I am so saddened to hear about Mr. Joe. What a remarkable person he was! He is a true icon of Italians in New Orleans!...Read More »
56 of 60 | Posted by: Karen Lambert - Metairie, LA

“I've worked at the Loews Hotel for almost 6 years now, and known Mr. Joe nearly as long. It always brightened my day when he walked through that door...Read More »
57 of 60 | Posted by: Joe Pilie - Terrytown, LA

“Joe will be sorely missed by the Armstrongs. ”
58 of 60 | Posted by: Bobby and Lou Armstrong - LA

“Mr. Maselli was a great family man, ambassador, community leader and friend who had the uncanny ability to make you feel like you were the most...Read More »
59 of 60 | Posted by: Joey, Tracy, Joseph, and Elise Kuchler - LA

“The entire staff at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home wishes to express their sincere condolences ”
60 of 60 | Posted by: Sharon A. Galman ( Funeral Director)


Joseph Maselli died Sunday after a brief hospitalization at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He was 85. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Antoinette Cammarata Maselli, his brother Dominick Maselli, his four children, Joseph Maselli, Jr. ( Donna), Frank Michael Maselli, Jan Maselli Mann (Jim) and Michael Gerard Maselli (Stacy); 8 grandchildren, Caroline Maselli, Annie Maselli, Matthew Mann, Michael Mann, Michael Maselli, William Maselli, Melani Maselli and Sandy Maselli. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank Maselli and Mary Iannetti Maselli, his brother, Carmine Anthony, and his grandson, Joseph Maselli, III.

He was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Italian immigrants, and was transferred to New Orleans during WWII, ultimately meeting his wife of 63 years, Antoinette Cammarata and attending Tulane University on the GI Bill. After graduating from Tulane in three years, he opened a small liquor store which eventually grew to become City Wholesale Liquor Company, and wholesale distributorship which is a thriving business 60 years later. A true entrepreneur, he ran or financed numerous other businesses throughout the New Orleans area.

Mr. Maselli was an amateur sports enthusiast with a special love for the Tulane Green Wave. He supported amateur boxing and traveled with the U.S. Olympic boxing team to Russia in 1971 and then brought the Russian team to fight an exhibition match against the U.S. team at the Louisiana Superdome a few years later. He was also on of the founders of the Carrollton Boosters in the late 50’s.

By 1975, Mr. Maselli focused his energy on civic endeavors and, in particular, on preserving the Italian culture and heritage, and fighting against prejudice on behalf of all nationalities. He founded the Italian American Federation of the Southeast and was founding member of National Italian American Federation in Washington D.C. He published the Italian American Digest and founded the American-Italian Museum. He was instrumental in developing the Piazza d’Italia in New Orleans and served as an ethnic advisor to Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush. In 1984, he developed the “Italian Village,”one of the most popular aspects of the World’s Fair.

Included in his many honors were his receipt of The Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Medal of Freedom, the National Conference of Christian and Jews Weiss Award, and the Torch of Liberty Award of the Anti-Defamation League. He was awarded the title of “Grand Ufficiale,” the highest commendation from the Italian government for his lifetime work preserving the Italian Heritage.

He considered his children and grandchildren as his proudest accomplishments.

Honorary Pallbearers are John Amato, Justice Pascal Calogero, Dr. Phillip Cancilleri, Ernest Colbert, Eddie Compass, Larry Conkerton, Thomas D’Angelo, Lolis Elie, Judge John Gale, William Goldring, Nick Greco, Dominic Grieshaber, Russ Herman , Jim Letten, Moon Landrieu, Tommy Lasorda, Ron Maestri, Salvatore Panzeca and Joseph Scelsa.

His funeral service will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at 1139 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana 70113. A mass will be held at 12 noon and visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 23, 2009. Interment will follow in Metairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Italian Renaissance Foundation, P. O. Box 2392, New Or. La. 70176 in memory of Mr. Maselli, will be greatly appreciated. To view and sign the Family Guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com