He was of the Catholic faith.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence; two brothers, Salvatore and Gerard; one sister, Florence; and one granddaughter, Rebecca Elise Panek.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; seven children and spouses: Tammy and Jim Setzer, of North Carolina, Mary Theresa and Joseph Seig, both of Indiana; Florence and Roland Scott, deployed in England; Salvatore and Wendy DiGennaro, of Alabama; Anne Marie Sparks, deployed in Germany; Sharon and Michael Emard, of Florida; Bernadette and Akram Kuhail, of Riceville; father, Salvatore DiGennaro of Florida; five brothers; five sisters; and 21 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements.
If you are unable to attend, please sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com.