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Michael R. Gueli Sr., 94, of North Andover died early Saturday morning at The Meadows at Edgewood in North Andover. He will be deeply missed and loved forever by his family.
Michael was born in Lawrence, Mass., on May 6, 1923, to loving parents of Italian heritage Francesco and Biagina (Amorelli) Gueli. 
He was a graduate of Lawrence High School, Class of 1941, and attended Franklin Technical Institute. Michael proudly served in the U.S. Army Infantry Division during WWII from 1942 until 1945 and was Missing in Action and held captive as a Prisoner of War. Among his numerous war time medals, he was awarded two Purple Hearts for meritorious achievements in combat.
Following his military service, he was employed in sales for Nemrow Brothers of Boston. In 1974, he acquired Armory Confectionery also known as Eddie's, a convenience store in Haverhill until his retirement in 1986.
He loved spending time with his family at their Salisbury Beach home in the summer and spending winters in Pompano Beach, Fla. A staunch Red Sox and Patriots fan, he would often scream at the TV when they were losing or had a bad play and high-fiving when winning. He was a member of Merrimack Valley Country Club and also enjoyed playing with his “buddies” at various golf courses.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Freda (Cambria) Gueli of North Andover, and his two cherished children, Michael Gueli Jr. and Linda Gueli, also of North Andover. Among Michael's survivors are his sister, Eleanor Gueli of Methuen, and sister-in-law, Erma Cambria, as well as several nieces and nephews. Michael was predeceased by his brother, Angelo Gueli, and his sisters, Libby Nelson, Margaret Coco, and Josephine Gueli; and his brother-in-law, Pat Cambria, and mother and father-in-law, Salvatore and Ida Cambria.
Family and friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Friday, October 6, at 12 Noon at St. Michael's Church in North Andover. Burial will follow in Ridgewood Cemetery in North Andover. For directions or to offer online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on  October 3, 2017
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