Theodore (Ted) Michael Monetta, age 97, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 14, 2019, at Barrington Terrace, Naples, FL. Born in Pietragalla, Potenza, Italy, July 7, 1922, the first son of Michael Monetta and Carmela (Statuto) Monetta. His father immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island in 1922 to Claremont, NH. Six years passed before Ted and his mother were able to receive passage to join him in 1928.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife of 65 years, Joan (Jo) N. Monetta in 2014, and his brother Rocco C. Monetta in 2002.
On June 18, 1949, he married Joan N. Monetta and this year would have marked their 70th wedding anniversary. They resided full time in Claremont for 30 years until 1979 when he retired and they began spending winters in Naples, FL. In 1997, they purchased a cottage on Bear Island, Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, and spent 10 wonderful summers on the lake with their children and grandchildren residing next door until retiring full-time to Naples in 2007. Ted loved the summers on the lake and his perpetual projects, but he loved Florida weather most and the Glades County Club community where he resided for over 40 years.
Ted graduated from Stevens High School, Claremont in the Class of 1940. He served in the US Navy during World War II as a medic in Sicily. He was Supervisor of Engineering and testing for Joy Manufacturing (Joy Global), Claremont, for over 30 years and then following as President of New England Patten and Foundry, Springfield, MA, until full retirement.
Ted was always an active citizen wherever he lived. He was a member of the Elks Lodge #879 and served as past Exalted Ruler, past Secretary and as NH North District Deputy from 1972-73. He was a past member of the Jaycees and continued to be active in the Chamber of Commerce. He served 17 years as a councilman for the City of Claremont, served as past Assistant Mayor and in 1973 was Chairman of the Public Safety Committee instrumental in signing the first union firefighter contract with the City of Claremont. He served as past President of the Stevens High School Alumni Association and various other committees, boards and associations. In Naples, he was an active member of the Glades Country Club Tennis Association and active in the startup of the Glades Bocce League. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, Claremont and St. Anne’s in Naples, FL.
He is survived by their three children: Michael S. Monetta and his wife Susan, Naples, FL, Joan M. Lefebvre and her husband Paul, Naples, FL, and Theodore C. Monetta and his wife Kelly, Rochester, NH. Papa leaves six grandchildren with priceless memories: Michael T. Monetta, Nicholas A. Monetta and his wife Haruka, Benjamin P. Lefebvre and his wife Lindsey, Mallory J. Gendron and her husband Jesse, Tony Monetta and Ashley Monetta and six great grandchildren: Ilee and August Monetta, Logan and Emily Lefebvre, Hattie and Nora Gendron as well as several nieces and nephews.
Ted was a master at supervising. He could convince anyone, family as well as friends, to lend a helping hand with a project and before they knew it, he would have them fully immersed in the final phase. Your pay was his company and a Frangelica. He cared deeply for his children and grandchildren’s success and as the patriarch, he would not hesitate to offer advice to keep us in line. Ageless and forward thinking, this great guy will be missed so much by so many. He leaves our family and friends with some big shoes to fill.
Our family would like to recognize the superb caregivers at Barrington Terrace, Naples, FL, and in particular Joane Jean Charles, our family angel. Words cannot express our heartfelt thanks for their guidance and caring touch.
Friends may call at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street, Claremont, NH from 4-7 pm on Sunday, October 20th.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Monday,
October 21st at St. Mary’s Church with Father John Loughnane
officiating. Interment immediately following at St. Mary’s Union
Cemetery, West Claremont, NH. Florida friends will have a celebration
of life at a future date in November.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the
Stevens High School Alumni Association, 50 West Pleasant St, Claremont,
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