Online Obituary

10/2/1919 - 12/4/2012




  93, of North Providence, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at Philip Hulitar Hospice Inpatient Center in Providence. 

He was the beloved husband of Antonette “Etta” (Gentile) Della Selva.

Born in Bristol, RI he was the son of the late Michael and Raefaella (Ruggieri) Della Selva. He was a WW-II U.S. Airforce veteran.

He was decorated with the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal; Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters. He received citations for meritorious achievement with distinction over enemy occupied Continental Europe; and was a POW at Stalag VII in Moosburg Germany for 9 months.

He was a boiler room operator for Narragansett Electric for 32 years before retirement.

Besides his wife he was the beloved father of Michael Della Selva and his wife Shelly, James Della Selva, Judith Fahey and David Della Selva and his wife Maryam; loving grandfather of Sean and Conor Fahey and Sophia and Julianna Della Selva. He was the dear brother of Joseph Della Selva and the late Angelo and Anthony Della Selva and Susan Saccoccia.

Funeral from the NARDOLILLO FUNERAL HOME & Crematory, 1278 Park Ave. Cranston, on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. followed by a service at 9 a.m. Interment with military honors will be held at Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter.

Visiting hours are Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island 1085 North Main Street Providence, RI 02904.

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From: Harry Clark   Smithfield
Relationship:  Family Friend

Etta and family, Morris was a wonderful man. His passion for the military and his honor for our country is to be admired. He was always ready for a good conversation and I will always remember our "talks". He will be missed by all of you but he lived a long and respectful life that you can be proud of. Morris was of a generation of gentlemen and he certainly lived up to that. My deepest condolences to you all. Respectively, Harry
Sent:  12/5/2012

From: Philip Saccoccia Jr   Belgrade Montana
Relationship:  nephew

Uncle Mauro was just great to be with when we were kids. He was funny and smart. And he knew how to have a good time. I really enjoyed our visits at Bonnet Shores and on holidays. He was loving, caring great guy!
Sent:  12/6/2012