Carl Sannella, 73, East Providence


Carl Sannella, 73, born on March 20, 1939, of East Providence, passed away on March 2, 2013 surrounded by his loving family and friends.

He was the husband of the late Adela Lavaina Tancayo-Sannella, a beautiful Hawaiian woman who was the light and love of his life.  Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Francis M. Sannella and Evelyn Triangolo. He was predeceased by his loving sister; Carol.

Mr. Sannella was an avid jazz enthusiast whose record and CD collection reflected both contemporary and classical jazz artists. His favorite pastime was listening to his extensive collection with friends and some very tolerant neighbors.

He is survived by his children; Christopher Sannella of Florida, Caroline Sannella-Furlan of Florida, Matthew Sannella of East Providence, Jason and Travis Rudolph of Providence, Regina Rudolph, Robert Brunelle of Providence and Thomas Brunelle of Massachusetts. Mr. Sannella also leaves nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Mr. Sannella's life will be held on Sunday, March 10, in the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside.


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