John “Johnny” Nathan Amorelli
June 24, 1929 – November 14, 2019
Life Well Lived
A life well lived is a precious gift, of hope and strength and grace,
from someone who has made our world a brighter, better place.
It’s filled with moments, sweet and sad with smiles and sometimes tears,
with friendships formed and good times shared, and laughter throughout the years.
A life well lived, a legacy of joy and pride and pleasure, a living,
lasting memory our grateful heart will treasure.
John “Johnny” Nathan Amorelli, 90, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 14th, 2019, in Houston, Texas. Services will be held Tuesday, November 19th at the Assumption Catholic Church (901 Roselane St., Houston). The viewing will be at 1:00 pm, with a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 2:00 pm. Interment with military honors will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery (8050 Airline Dr., Houston) immediately following the services, with Military Honors provided by Joint Base San Antonio.
Johnny was born June 24, 1929 in Houston, Texas to Anna & Sam Amorelli. He was a life time resident of Houston. After graduating from high school, he enlisted with the U. S. Air Force in August, 1948. He was stationed at Good Fellow Air Force Base in Texas. As a Senior Aircraft Mechanic, he achieved rank of Staff Sargent. He was awarded the Medal of Good Conduct and received an Honorable discharge in July 1952. Johnny then enrolled at Sam Houston University and graduated with an Accounting degree. While attending school, he worked as an athletic trainer for the football program. He was thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the 1956 Lone Star Conference Championship team, which always held a special place in his heart. After graduation, he was hired as an accountant by the families of Budget Sporting Goods, in Houston. Over the next 40+ years, Johnny formed a close family bond with the families and his co-workers; Steve Speck, David Speck, Marcus Dominguez and Isaac Montelongo. But especially with Randy and Amy Jatzlau, who continued to support him throughout his life. Johnny enjoyed listening to classical music and watching sports. But his biggest joy was having family reunions; watching his family share memories, eating bar-b-que and spending time together. He was thankful for Mary Jo & Jack Restivo and Tony & Mary Armato for always hosting in their homes. He was also very appreciative of his niece, Sarah Neveu and nephew, Joseph Regusa for their care throughout the years.
Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, Marianna (Anna) Romora & Saverio (Sam) Amorelli, brothers: Louis & Angie Amorelli; Sam & Betty Amorelli; Mike Amorelli; Tony Amorelli and Joe Amorelli; sisters: Louise & Sam Scamardo; Bessie & Joe Regusa; Anna & Joe Salvaggio and Mary & Tony Armato. Survivors include several nieces, nephews through great-great-great nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be nephews of John. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Sam Houston State University Football Team of 1956.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations made to: Sam Houston State Football Program Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2537, Huntsville, Texas, 77341-2537.
Money donations: Assumption Catholic Church, 901 Roselane Street, Houston, Texas 77037
or SHSU Football Program Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2537, Huntsville, Texas, 77341-2537.