James P. Gentilello, Jr.



James P. Gentilello, Jr. 43, of Belleville, Illinois, born Monday, April 7, 1969, in Nyack, NY, died Tuesday, August 7, 2012 in Granite City, IL .

James worked as a Fork Lift Operator for Kraft Foods . He was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving in Desert Storm.  

Surviving are his:

  • Wife: Melissa K. nee Barker Gentilello of Belleville, IL 
  • Children all at home:
    • Allan Barker
    • Victoria Gentilello
    • Angelina Gentilello 
  • Mother: Nancy nee Colandrea Gentilello of Nyack, NY 
  • Sister: Melissa (Jim) Kingsland of Montebello, NY
  • Father: James P. Gentilello Sr. of White Plains, NY
  • Mother-in-Law: Tina (David) Benezra of Davenport, FL

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday, August 10, 2012 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Private family burial will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

Condolences left for James P. Gentilello, Jr.:

    Dear Nancy,Mellisa & Family,Our Prays and thoughts are with all of you at this time.May God be with you.and guide you in this time of sorrow.Bless you all.Jimmy was a great kid growing up.Wish i new him as a young man.He was a wonderful son and the sunshine in his moms heart and the proud brother to Millisa.May god be with this new Angel in heaven. He truly earned his wings and may the light from his eyes always guide his family.Bobby & Marion Greene.

    Mr & Mrs. Robert Greene Mount Airy North Carolina 27030

    Dear Millissa ,Nancy and Family.Sorry for your loss,May your faith guide you at this time.Bless the new angel in heaven.Our prays and thoughts are with you and your family.God be with you,your friend Wendy,James & Tiffany Hahr

    Mr. & MRS James Hahr Mount Airy North Carolina 27030

    Very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I worked with him at Williams some time ago. Jim was an extremely nice guy and great co-worker. My sincere condolences to his family.

    Robert "Swany" Swanbum St. Peters MO 63376

    Nan and I would like to express our deepest condolences for your loss. He was a wonderful person and will be missed dearly. Our prayers are with you and yours in this tragic time of sorrow. God Bless.

    Andrew Ganter and Nannette Helton

    Andrew Ganter and Nannette Helton Granite City Illinois 62040

    We want to offer our sympathy and prayers.My deceased husband died in a similar way so i know how you are feeling. a verse to remember. is psm.46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-
    present help in trouble. we are the grandparents of Tesla.You have a very sweet son, Allen.

    Larry @ janice shehorn pekin il. 61554

    we are so sorry for the loss of a wonderful man. Jimmy was a great cousin and a true American hero. He didn't like to garden much, but it sure was fun doing it one summer in Alabama. I will remember all the good times we had growing
    up. I will miss you Jimmy.
    Steve buffy

    Steve Buffy an family



    May God some how give you peace that can only come from him.

    Shelly Reeder Alton Il 62002

    I grew up with Melissa and Jimmy, he was a great kid. My condolences go out to his wife and children, his sister and family, and to his mom, Nancy. He will be greatly missed.

    Melissa (Hartloff) Hafer Columbia SC 29229

    Our love, prayers and support are sent to Nancy now, in her very great loss.

    the Volunteers of Graces Thrift Shop Nyack New York 10960

    Jimmy was my cousin. Even though it has been so very many years since we last got together at our Grandparents house in Nyack. All of the cousins running around at each holiday laughing and playing. Getting into trouble because there were just so many of us and that house was so big (too many places to hide) Parents had a hard time getting us to leave. We were having to much fun. I will always remember that time with a smile.
    We have not seen Jimmy in such a long time but he and his family were missed at the few family events we have had over the years. Even now I can see him standing alongside his sister,they were very close. I know he cared for her alot and watched out for her when they were growing up. As he did for his mom. So I can only imagine what a good husband and dad he must have been. I know my aunt Nancy and Melissa's heart must be breaking. As I can only wonder how his wife and children will be having such a hard time missing him.
    It was right after a visit His mom had with his family a few years ago, she told me all about the kids and how much he loved them, and how proud he was of them. I'm sorry we did not live closer and get to see him with them. I'm so sorry that the visit his mom was planing for this summer did not get to happen. Melissa, Allan,Victoria, and Angelina God put you all in my heart and I have included you all in my family prayers each day.
    May God bless you and confort you now in your time of need.
    Alison Leveroni

    ALISON LEVERONI nanuet New York 10954