Joseph Louis "Sonny" Fava
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Joseph Louis “Sonny” Fava, 87, of Shelby, died Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2012, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shelby.

The Mass of the Resurrection will immediately follow the visitation beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2012, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shelby with Father Scott Dugas officiating. Interment will be in the Shelby Cemetery.

Mr. Fava was born in Boyle on May 11, 1925, to Ernesto and Angela Fava. He married Rosa Mangialardi on January 18, 1949, in Shelby.

He proudly volunteered to serve his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. While in the Navy, he obtained the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon, Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon, and the American Area Ribbon. He was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and the VFW.

Mr. Fava was also a member of Delta Council and Farm Bureau. He was a farmer for over 60 years, and he and his wife were the owners of Fava Grocery. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shelby, where he previously served on the finance committee.

He treasured his farm and took great pride in his crops; he enjoyed hunting with his brothers and nephews; and most of all he adored his wife, daughters and grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ernesto Fava and Angela Pelliconi Fava; infant daughter, Marie Fava; brothers, Etore Fava, Robert Fava Sr., Bruno Fava; and sisters, Mary Fava Landi, Carolina Luisa Fava and Maria Fava.

Mr. Fava is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Rosa Mangialardi Fava of Shelby; daughters, Betty Van Every (David) of Columbus, Donna Koerth (John David) of Highland Village, Texas, and Mary Jo Zummo (Nat) of Brandon; grandchildren, Shelby Van Every and Joseph Van Every, both of Columbus, Angela Koerth of Lewisville, Texas, and Lauren Koerth of Highland Village, Texas; and sister, Carolyn Fava Rocconi of Greenville.

Pallbearers will be Shelby Van Every, Joseph Van Every, Rick Fava, Chris Fava, Bob Fava, Charles Fava, Jimmy Sbravati, John Curtin and Tom Curtin. Honorary pallbearer will be David Sbravati.

Memorials can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the charity of your choice.

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