Obituary for John J. Piela
John J. Piela
Preston – John J. Piela, 87, of Lakeview Drive died Friday January 13, 2017 at the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital.
He was born October 30, 1929 in Norwich; the son of Joseph and Grace (Royal) Piela.
John was co-owner of Piela Electric, Inc., a family business, where, until just recently, he enjoyed working everyday. He was a past president of the Connecticut Chapter of EASA (Electrical Apparatus Service Association) and AIPE (American Institute of Plant Engineers). A veteran of the United States Air Force, he served in the Korean War and achieved the rank of Staff Sargent. He graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1947 and after Korea, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, he met his wife, Elaine Nowiszewski. They were married in 1957 until her death in 2002.
He was also predeceased by his brothers Joseph and James, and his parents.
John is survived by his son John J. Piela Jr. and his wife April of Preston and daughter Judy Yasi and her husband Dan of Medway, MA. He was the devoted Grandfather to his Granddaughters, Katherine, Emily, and Lauren Yasi and Jessica Piela Beeley.
Calling hours will be Tuesday January 17, 2017 from 4 to 7 PM at the Cummings-Gagne Funeral Home 82 Cliff Street Norwich, CT.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 10AM at St. Joseph Church 120 Cliff Street Norwich, CT. Burial will follow in Preston City Cemetery in Preston.
Donations in John’s memory can be made to Preston Public Library 389 Route 2 Preston, CT 06365 or to Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary 243 Charles Street Boston, MA 02114.