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Joseph Velletri.

STERLING - Joseph R. Velletri, 52, of Swett Hill Road, died peacefully in his home on Wednesday, May 2.

Born in Morristown, N.J., son of Joseph and Marjoh (Williamson) Velletri, he grew up in Basking Ridge, N.J., and later lived in Thomaston, Conn. Mr. Velletri graduated from Thomaston High School in 1978 and the Morse School of Business in Hartford in 1981. He has resided in the Sterling area for the past 25 years.

Mr. Velletri began his career as a computer programmer at Sealed Air in Danbury, Conn. He continued his career at Digital Equipment Corporation in Maynard, which became a part of Compaq Computer Corporation. After leaving Compaq in 2001, he joined Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, as an Internet/Web engineer. He was the first employee hired for this team and spent his first year building the organization's first professional-quality intranet. As the web development team grew around him, he continued to enhance the intranet, and to build many sophisticated, powerful applications.

He loved his home in Sterling and the surrounding orchards, lakes, and open spaces. He worked closely with the Sterling Conservation Commission for the preservation of land. He enjoyed traveling to countries throughout the world.

Mr. Velletri is survived by his parents, Joseph and Marjoh (Williamson) Velletri; three brothers, Bruce Velletri and his wife, Laura, of Groton, Conn., John Velletri and his wife, Dr. Diane Pope, of West Hartford, Conn., and Peter Velletri of King of Prussia, Pa.; and his sister, Carolina Wilson and her husband, Richard, of Thomaston, Conn.; nine nephews and nieces, Robert Velletri and his wife, Stephanie, Amy Velletri and her fiance, Adam Novak, Amanda, Bryson, Haley, Nicholas, Alexander and Abigail Velletri and Jonathan Wilson.

His funeral was held on Saturday, May 5. Interment followed in Hillside Cemetery, Sterling. Memorial donations may be made to the Sterling Conservation Commission, 1 Park St., Sterling, MA 01564.

To share a memory or offer condolences, visit www.milesfuneralhome.com.

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