Michael Joseph Friello, 91, of Bethany Beach, Del., formerly of Camp Springs, Md., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, at his devoted niece and caregiver’s home in Ocean View, Del.
Friello was born in Schenectady, N.Y., on Dec. 25, 1926. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was an orphan and worked hard his whole entire life to support his family.
Friello was a Golden Gloves boxer, and was well-known for his dancing abilities and appeared on “American Bandstand.” He was a talented cabinetmaker and was a model-maker for the Smithsonian, with 35 years of service before his retirement. He was an avid bike-rider and rode his bike 11 miles from his home to his work at the Smithsonian for eight years.
He was also devoted to his Catholic faith and was a daily Mass-attender at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Oxon Hill, Md., and then at the Parish of St. Ann in Bethany Beach before his health began to fail. He also volunteered his time for the Food Bank and Cheer Center, and at the Chicken Shack for Mason Dixon VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View.
Friello was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Ann Friello, in 2009. He is survived by a son, Tim Friello and his wife, Dawn, of West Union, W.Va.; a brother-in-law, Jim Houle of Churchton, Md.; five grandchildren, Colton Reidar Friello, Layla Rose Friello, James Houle, Allysin Houle and Micala Moreland; a special niece and caregiver, Joan Emrick and her husband, Mike, of Ocean View; and several other nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, at Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road, Ocean View, Del. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 5416 Henderson Way, Camp Springs, Md., where friends and family may call after 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Chris Delinski Memorial Cancer Fund at www.cdmcancerfund.webs.com. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.