Joseph Ornellas, 82, of Marcus, died Tuesday Oct. 27, 2009 in Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, following a brief illness.
Following his wishes, his body will be cremated and no services are pending. Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee is in charge of arrangements.
Joseph was born May 11, 1927 in Brockton, Mass., to Prefiro and Emily (Frates) Ornellas. He attended school in Massachusetts. In 1948 he married Mickey Metje in Arizona. She preceded him in death in 2000. They lived in Los Angeles, California for many years where Joseph worked as a small parts metal fitter for Boeing Aircraft.
Joseph moved to Marcus, Iowa in 2006. Joseph enjoyed gardening.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife (in 2000), and a son (in 2005).
Survivors include his daughter, Cathy Giallombardo, of Marcus; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alice Pelchat and Ollie Hendriques, both of Massachusetts; a brother, Franny Frates, of Bullhead City, Arizona.