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John C. Corelli

Posted By Hans Funeral Home On April 14, 2017 @ 7:22 am In Obituary | 6 Comments


ALBANY – In loving memory of John C. Corelli, 86 who passed away in his sleep after a long illness at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn on Monday, April 10, 2017.  Born August 6, 1930 in Providence, RI to Italian immigrants, he was first generation Italian American. He graduated from Providence College in 1952, received his MS degree from Brown University in 1954 and obtained his doctorate in physics from Purdue University in 1958. Dr. Corelli moved to Schenectady, NY and worked at Knolls Atomic Power Lab before accepting a teaching position in the Nuclear Engineering department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy in 1962. He spent the next 35 years as a professor in various engineering disciplines including thermodynamics, nuclear physics, radiation damage in materials, and semiconductor physics among others.

In retirement, he enjoyed volunteering at the North Bethlehem Fire Department for nearly 20 years and served as the fire commissioner. He also took great pleasure with his work as Santa Claus at Crossgates Mall for 17 years bringing joy and hope to tens of thousands of visitors over that time. Upon his passing, he was accepted into the Anatomical Gift program at Albany Medical College where he will continue to teach a new generation of medical students.

Dr. Corelli was preceded in death by his parents Giovanni and Immacolata (Calderelli) Corelli and his brother Gino Corelli of Johnston, RI. He is survived by his partner of nearly 35 years, Brenda Zelenke of Albany; daughter Cara Corelli of Troy and son John Corelli (Eileen) of Melbourne, FL as well as his adoring grandsons Tyler Corelli of Troy and Christopher Corelli of Melbourne, FL. He was also survived by sister in-law Barbara (Bolton) Corelli of Johnston, RI and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to donate to their local community hospice organization. Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home prior to the service from 1-3 p.m.   To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

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Condolence from Rosemary Burns on April 14th, 2017 12:11 pm

Brenda, John, and Cara, sending prayers from St Pia for all from John. The Burns , Patty’s family, are very sorry on the passing of John. We so enjoy his company at all family parties.

Condolence from Alison Spencer on April 14th, 2017 12:48 pm

So sorry to hear to hear about John. He has been a part of our family for the past 35 years. I have many fond memories of John. He was a type of person you could sit down with and have a very meaningful conversation. I will miss those talks. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Condolence from Colleen Burns on April 14th, 2017 6:30 pm

Cara, John abd Brenda my sincerest condolences on Johns passing. There was a nicer gentleman. He was very kind and interested in all people. He will be missed.

Condolence from Elda on April 16th, 2017 9:26 am

My deepest condolences to the Corelli family, may you find comfort in prayer and the beautiful words of Isaiah 25:8 where God promises us that He will soon eliminate all death and suffering.

Condolence from Ronnie Higuchi Rusli on May 1st, 2017 9:35 am

My condolence to the late John C. Corelli my Teacher/Doctoral Adviser at RPI in 1983-1986. May his soul rest in peace. Amen. Ronnie Higuchi Rusli in Indonesia.

Condolence from Sridhar BK Balakrishnan on March 11th, 2019 5:14 pm

I just learned of Prof Corelli’s passing – albeit nearly 2 years late, but he was my PhD adviser (he probably had 100s of grad students who can thank him for guidance through their PhDs!) in the mid 80s and I always remember him as optimistic, smiling and a gentle soul. I am blessed for the years we knew each other. My thoughts and prayers to Brenda and John Jr who I remember when he was in undergrad at RPI

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