J. Nocella, 95, died Thursday, December 6, 2007 at his
residence. Born in Cohoes and a lifelong
resident, he was
the son of the late Gerardo and Maria Durso Nocella. He was
the husband of the late Agnes Cook Nocella. During the
1920s, he was well known throughout the Capital District and
the New England area as a championship professional boxer.
He took pride in the fact that he had boxed at Madison
Square Garden, winning all four of his featured bouts. He
had owned and operated the Mobil service station at the
corner of Main and George Sts. in Cohoes for 44 years. He
was a former member of the Cohoes K of C and a communicant
of St. Rita/Sacred Heart Parish in Cohoes. Survivors include
his wife, Madeline Desautels LaCombe Nocella; his children,
Jerry (Joyce) Nocella, Marie (Mike) Brooks, Nancy (Bob) Van-Buskirk,
all of Cohoes, and Diane (Pat) Wonderford of Wynantskill. He
was the brother of the late Frank, Theresa, Cosmo, Filomena
and Elizabeth Nocella; grandfather of Christopher Nocella,
Lisa Nocella, Michael Brooks III, Matthew Brooks, Vanessa
Van-Buskirk and Andrew Van-Buskirk; great-grandfather of
Scarlett Sergeev, Jade VanBuskirk, Michael Brooks IV and
Mason Brooks; also survived by several nieces, nephews and
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. from the
Marra Funeral Home and at 9:00 from St. Rita's Church.
Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Waterford. Calling
hours will be Monday from 4-8 p.m.
Those who wish may make donations in Mr. Nocella's memory to
the Cohoes Youth Boxing Club, P.O. Box 465 (25 Central
Ave.), Cohoes, NY 12047.