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Updated: 06/04/2014 08:00:02AM

Ernest Menelli

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Ernest Menelli, 85, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

He was born Jan. 5, 1929, in Waltham, Mass.

Ernest proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and then went on to graduate from Clark University. Following graduation, Ernest became a business owner with his brothers, Russell and Henry Menelli. He had many interests, including boating, gardening and building, and could always do anything he set his mind to. Ernest was married to his wife Barbara Menelli for 56 years.

He is survived by his five children, Cindy Banks, Nancy Menelli, Jeff Menelli, Jim Menelli and Lori Austen; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Ernest was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara.

A Celebration of Ernest’s Life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2014, at Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, Punta Gorda Chapel, 635 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, Fla.

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