Joseph Mariani, Sr Obituary

Joseph R. Mariani, Sr
Joseph R. Mariani, Sr

November 2, 1937 - September 21, 2019
Born in New London, CT
Resided in Waterford, Connecticut


Waterford- Joseph Rocco Mariani, 81, of Waterford, formerly of Niantic, passed away September 21, 2019 at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Born in New London, CT., on November 2, 1937 the son of the late Rocco and Mildred (Lanzalotta)
Mariani, Joe graduated from New London High School class of 1955. He then attended the University of
Connecticut and earned a degree in Dairy Manufacturing. He honorably served in the United States
Army. On November 4, 1961, he and Carol Wildrick were united in marriage at St. Mary Church.

Mr..Mariani was employed as a Route Supervisor for Radway’s Dairy. He and his wife, Carol were the
original owners and operators of Frosty Treat in Niantic. He later was employed as a Sales Manager for
Arrow Paper, retiring in 1999.

Joe was an avid sports fan, he especially liked baseball, golf, skiing and the UCONN Women’s
Basketball team. Above all, he was the biggest fan of his 5 loving grandchildren.

In addition to his loving wife of 58 years Carol, he is survived by a son, Joseph R. Mariani Jr. and his
Wife, Gwen of Waterford; a daughter Kari Ann and her husband Peter Walker of Waterford; a sister,
Maureen Devlin of Niantic; and five grandchildren, Joseph R. Mariani III and Nicolas Mariani, Kazi,
Marissa and Milena Walker.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, (Sept 26 th ) at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons
Funeral Home, 48 Grand Street, Niantic from 5-7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on
Friday (Sept. 27 th ), 11 AM at St. Mary Church, Huntington Street, New London. Interment will follow
in St. Mary Cemetery, New London.

Donations in Joe ‘s name may be made to Camp Rising Sun, PO Box 472 Branford, CT 06405.

Online condolences may be shared with Joe’s family at




Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home
48 Grand Street
Niantic, CT US 06357
Thursday, September 26, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Mary Star of the Sea Church
10 Huntington Street
New London, CT US 06320
Friday, September 27, 2019
11:00 AM

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