Obituary — George Joseph Cretilli
May 8, 2003
A memorial Mass will be celebrated May 10 for George Joseph Cretilli, who died April 29, 2003, at Manor Care Health Services in Reno, Nev., from complications of a stroke suffered after back surgery. He was 79.
Mr. Cretilli was born Aug. 15, 1923, to Luigi and Angelina Cretilli at Minneapolis, Minn., the third child of six children. He served from 1940 to 1943 in the Army Air Corp in maintenance and engineering and flew supplies from India over China and Burma. He married Barbara Jean Shaw Aug. 30, 1947. He had been the director of a unit of Boy Scouts of America and participated in many of their activities. Mr. Cretilli was an educator and taught all school grades including several years at Cardinal Stritch, a private college in White Fish Bay, Wis. He relocated to Sacramento, Calif., in 1979 and to South Lake Tahoe in 1981 because he missed the snowy winters. He taught school in Minden and Gardnerville, Nev., and after retiring in 1992, he was a substitute teacher in California and Nevada until 2002. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 46 years. He enjoyed golfing and bowling with his many friends will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Meg Cretilli of Meyers, Calif.; daughters, Angela Cretilli White of Folsom, Calif., Theresa Dixon of Arlington Heights, Ill., Patricia Caputa of Belgium, Wis., and Lisa Peel of Zephyr Cove, Nev.; grandchildren, Barbra Cretilli Yorba, Jennifer and Michael Dixon, Salvatore and Isabella Caputa and Justin and Samantha Peel; great-grandchildren, Aryk, Adym and Faith Angelina Yorba; stepdaughter, Linda Adair of South Lake Tahoe; stepson, Lance Adair and wife Kathy of Cota De Caza, Calif.; step-grandchildren, Teresa and Debbi Lane, Megan and William Cooper and Troy and Robert Adair. He was predeceased by his first wife of 50 years, Barbara Jean Shaw Cretilli on June 20, 1997; son, Mark Joseph Cretilli in February 1996; parents; and four siblings.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. May 10 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1041 Lyons Ave.