Dr. Stelvio Papetti | 1925 - 2013 | Obituary

Dr. Stelvio Papetti
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Dr. Stelvio Papetti

March 29, 1925 - August 03, 2013

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Dr. Stelvio Papetti, 88 years old, born on March 29, 1925, of West Harwich passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2013.

Dr. Papetti was born to Richelmo Papetti and Maria Perogio in Sarnano, a mountain town in the province of Macerata in Italy. He was predeceased by two brothers, Osvaldo and Atilio who lived their entire lives in Italy. He also has 2 surviving sisters, Edi Papetti and Giuliana Papetti who are still living in Italy. He married Liboria Curletta on July 21, 1952 in Porto Civitanova, Italy. Stelvio and Liboria have three children, Pola Buckley of Hallowell, Maine; Richard Papetti of Brunswick, Maine; and Robert Papetti of Marietta, Georgia. Robert is married to Karen, a wonderful woman and mother. Karen is originally from Danvers, Massachusetts.

Pola has two children, Michael Buckley of New York City and Daniel Buckley of Hallowell, Maine who attended Bowdoin College and the University of Maine, respectively. They have already begun their careers in the business world. Richard has two children, Robert who attends Indiana University; and Elizabeth who is engaged to be married, attends Baylor University in Texas. Robert and Karen have three children, Marcus who attends Emmanuel College, Stephanie who attends a magnet high school in Georgia, and Anthony who is in elementary school.

Stelvio obtained his doctoral degree in chemistry in 1951 at the University of Camerino in Macerata, Italy. This University was founded in 1336, and was officially recognized by the Vatican in 1727. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of New York, and was mentored by Dr. Howard W. Post. He is extraordinarily accomplished in his profession – he authored numerous publications, was responsible for numerous patents, and was a member of the American Chemical Society, the Yale Chapter of Sigma Xi, the American Polymer Society, and the Research Society of America. Stelvio presented his work at symposiums in the United States and abroad.
Stelvio spoke fondly of his five years as a student living in a monastery with the Franciscan brothers in Italy. He learned much about music, philosophy, and art. He loved sports – particularly soccer, downhill skiing and tennis. He was an enthusiastic and athletic tennis player right up to the time he went to live in the Alzheimer’s unit at Liberty Commons, in Chatham. He lived at Liberty Commons for over five years and was given very good care. We will be forever grateful to them.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, August 8th at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Church, Route 28, West Harwich. Interment will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Harwich.

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