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E. Moschella, Navy vet, retired electrician, dies

Emilio Moschella was a World War II U.S.

Emilio Moschella was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and a retired Newsday electrician. Newsday's obituary for Emilio Moschella
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Emilio Moschella, a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and a retired Newsday electrician, died Monday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Elmhurst, Queens. He was 83.

Moschella, a Bronx native and the son of immigrant parents, enlisted in the Navy in 1943 at age 17 and served most of the next two years in the South Pacific.

Shortly after his discharge from the service, Moschella got a job as a subway electrician with what was then known as the New York City Transit Authority, and he met and married Florence Ann Hofer.

In 1954 the couple and their then four children moved to Centereach.

Moschella left the Transit Authority in 1961, when he and his brother, John, opened a Cities Service station in Smithtown at the corner of Route 347 and Route 111. After a little more than two years, the men closed the station and Emilio went to work for Grey Electric, a small Nassau firm, now defunct. Moschella was hired as an electrician by Newsday in 1968 and continued in the job until he retired in 1992. His wife died in 1978.

"After his retirement he played a lot of golf, often went to Atlantic City, traveled around the country and enjoyed his grandchildren," said his daughter Elizabeth McCutcheon of Setauket.

She added he played bridge and enjoyed Italian opera, while football was his favorite sport to watch.

McCutcheon noted that her father still missed his son, James, who died at age 8 in 1973.

Survivors include two more daughters, Yolanda Moschella and Jean McGuane, both of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sons, Marc of Coram and Stephen of Cincinnati, and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The body is to be cremated, and a private memorial service will be held in April, family members said.

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