Ilio Alessandrini | Postal examiner, 87

Posted: October 07, 2010

Ilio Alessandrini, 87, of Buena Vista, former chief postal systems and finance examiner of Southeastern Pennsylvania, died of congestive heart failure Sunday, Sept. 26, at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland.

After returning home from World War II, Mr. Alessandrini took the postal service exam and became a mail carrier in his native South Philadelphia.

He rose through the ranks and became superintendent of Post Office Station D in South Philadelphia before taking the promotion of chief postal systems and finance examiner of Southeastern Pennsylvania, which covered Philadelphia.

Mr. Alessandrini made sure that all the post offices in his jurisdiction were running smoothly and that their books were in check, said his nephew Gene Alessandrini.

After retiring in 1977, Mr. Alessandrini and his wife, Ella, whom he married in 1955, moved to Vineland. A few years later, they moved to Buena Vista, where Mr. Alessandri served as treasurer and president of the senior citizens club. In 1987, he received the senior of the year award given by the Buena Vista Township Council.

Mr. Alessandrini was born and raised in South Philadelphia. He graduated from high school in 1940 and took classes at Drexel University.

In 1943, he was drafted into the Army. He served in the European theater with the 283d Field Artillery, which saw a lot of combat. He returned to Philadelphia in 1945.

In addition to his nephew, Mr. Alessandrini is survived by a stepdaughter, Elaine Eldridge. His wife died in 2003.

A memorial gathering will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in the auditorium of the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home, 524 N. West Blvd., Vineland. Interment will be private.

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