William E. (Bill) Fanelli, Pentagon retiree

May 17, 2020

William E. (Bill) Fanelli of Washington, D.C., formerly of Ashland, Pa., passed away May 10, 2020, in his home.

He was born June 29, 1932, in Kulpmont, Pa. Bill was the son of the late John T. Fanelli and Josephine (Spadle) Fanelli.

Bill graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1951, and Mt. St. Mary’s College in 1955. After college, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1955. Bill served two years on active duty, and three years in the Army Reserves, and was honorably discharged Sept. 9, 1957, with the rank of Private First Class. Bill worked for the U.S. Veterans Administration for six years, then began his tenure as a civilian with the Department of the Army in 1965. During his time with the Department of the Army he was stationed in London, England, in the Office of Personnel to the Superintendent of American Schools. Upon his return to the U.S., Bill worked in personnel at the Pentagon until his retirement in January 1996. Bill was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ashland.

Bill was preceded in death by his brother John and sister-in-law Lucy.

Bill is survived by his niece, Anita of Treasure Island, Fla., his dear friend Robert Channon of London, England, and personal assistant, Chris Raglin of Washington, D.C.

Additionally, Bill is remembered fondly by his large circle of friends in D.C., Rehoboth Beach and across the country.

Bill will be cremated and a Mass of Christian Burial and services will be held in Ashland at a later date due to the current health restrictions associated with COVID-19.

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home Inc., Ashland, is in charge of the arrangements. Visit:

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