He was born in Barre, Vt., on January 11, 1920 to Angelo and Virginia Puricelli. In addition to his parents, Remo was preceded in death by his loving wife, Patricia Leckie Puricelli, to whom he was married for 57 years until her death in 2003; a sister, Louise MacDonald; and a brother, Rinaldo Puricelli. Remo graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. with a degree in engineering in 1942. He was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in December, 1942 as an ensign and served his country in the Pacific during World War II. He was awarded several medals for leadership and bravery. After the war he married Patricia Leckie and settled in Chicago, Ill. He remained in the U.S. Navy Reserve, received various promotions and became a Commander in 1959. He also had an engineering career at Argonne National Laboratory and received several promotions to Senior Plant Engineer. He was the Chairman of the First Naval Research Reserve Seminar on Nuclear Research in Life and Physical Sciences held at Argonne and received a commendation for his efforts. He retired from Argonne after 30 years of service and retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1980. He was very active in his community and a big supporter of his children, and grandchildren’s activities. He was a faithful member of the Catholic Church.
He is survived by his four daughters, Joan Piekarski (Robert), Virginia Lindvig (Keith), Mary Masonick (Greg), and Margaret (Moppy) Lavery, former son-in-law (Bill). He is survived by his 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Huntington, P.O. Box 464 Huntington, WV 25709. Burial Mass will be July 17, 10:00 a.m. at St. Domitilla Church, Hillside, Ill. followed by interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.