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John J. Porcello


John Joseph Porcello, 95, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 23, 2021.

Born in Enfield, and raised in the Thompsonville section, he was the son of the late Elia & Carmella (Juliano) Porcello.

John moved to Springfield in 1951, and served in the Army during WWII. In 1988, after more than 35 years, he retired from Sears Roebuck Co. He enjoyed woodworking, puttering around the house, and watching college basketball, especially his beloved St. John’s Red Storm. A devout Catholic, John served many years as a Eucharistic Minister & Lector at Holy Cross Church.

Family was very important to John. He cherished spending time with his wife, Gloria (Oppedisano), his children and grandchildren. John was very close to his siblings as well, spending and celebrating most Sundays & Holidays together.

Later in life, John gracefully took on the role of being the primary caregiver for Gloria, until the time of her death in May of 2020. He spent the last year and a half at Mason Wright Assisted Living and enjoyed participating in their many activities. He was well known and liked by many at the facility.


Sadly, along with his beloved wife, John was predeceased by his son, John Jr., brothers, Ben & Sam, and sister, Mary Porcello.

He is survived by his son, David Porcello & wife Christine of Beverly, daughters, Gemma Kochan of Raynham & Paula Porcello of Springfield, grandchildren, Tyler & Brendan Kochan, Elisabeth & John Polchlopek, and Nick & Adam Porcello, and sister, Catherine Callari, along with many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Family and friends are invited to visit Tuesday, December 28, 9-10 a.m. at Tazzini Funeral Home, 22 Locust Street in Springfield, proceeding to John’s 11 a.m. Liturgy of Christian Burial at Holy Cross Church. Burial will follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Please visit http://www.TazziniFuneralHome.com for condolences.

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