Dominic San Fillippo Sr.

Jan. 15, 1918 Aug. 5, 2010

Dominic Francis San Fillippo Sr. entered heaven Aug. 5, 2010, in Foley, Ala. He was born Jan. 15, 1918, in Waukesha, the son of the late Salvador and Marie (Armaro) San Fillippo of Salerno, Italy.

Dominic proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II where he was first introduced to his wife-to-be by becoming her pen pal, an introduction made possible by his brother, Sam. After spending his last year as a communication and cryptographic chief on the island of Maui, Dominic moved to New Orleans and married Ursula Fabert, his wife of 36 years, who preceded him in death in 1983.

Dominic and Ursula lived in New Orleans for several years before moving to Bay St. Louis, Miss. He was an avid outdoorsman who promoted responsible hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation. He worked as a radio technician for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries until his retirement in 1980.

He is survived by three sons and one daughter, Dominic (Pam) San Fillippo Jr. of Bay St. Louis, Paul (Lynda) San Fillippo of Hammond, La., James San Fillippo of Foley and Melanie (Andrew) Mitchell of Bay St. Louis; grandchildren, Timothy, Michael and Amy San Fillippo of Hammond, and Drew Mitchell of Bay St. Louis; brothers, Salvadore Sam San Fillippo of Madison, Anthony "Tony" San Fillippo of Oconomowoc; and sister, Mary San Fillippo of Oconomowoc. He is also survived by a very close niece, Barbara Zaun of Phoenix.

Prior to Katrina, Dominic was a member of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Bay St. Louis. Post-Katrina, Dominic became a member of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in Foley, Ala., and a member of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Gulf Shores, Ala. Dominic will be missed deeply.

His family celebrated his life and passing Aug. 14 in Bay St. Louis.

Memorials are suggested to the Dominic San Fillippo family.

Cress Funeral Home in Madison, 800-235-9681, is assisting the family locally.