Mr. Vincenzi “James” Martelli of Kennett  Square

Mr. Vincenzi “James” Martelli, 93, of Kennett  Square, died Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Chester County Hospital  He was the husband of the late Erma (Farmer) Martelli. Born on July 27, 1927, in Kennett Square, he was the son of the late Luca and Josephine (Galante) Martelli.

Vincenzi “James” Martelli

James attended St. Patrick’s grade school and later graduated from Kennett High School. Following high school, he served in the Merchant Marines. He then entered into the family mushroom business, Luca Martelli and Son’s, owning and operating along with his father and brothers. James was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kennett Square and also belonged to the Italian American Club and Sons of Italy here in Kennett Square.  In his free time, James enjoyed hunting and fishing.

James is survived by his children, Luke Martelli and wife Mary Alice, Patricia M. Kilpatrick and her late husband Randy, and Donna M. Jenkins and her husband Dave; his grandchildren, Victoria Martelli, Christine Powers and her husband Kevin, Shawn Kilpatrick and his wife Rebekah, and Alex Jenkins and his wife Melissa; his great-grandchildren, Lucas, Milo, Colin, Riley, Zach, Trey, Lily, and Emmett. He is also survived by his close friend Christine Barczak.  In addition to his wife and parents, James is preceded in death by his siblings, Gilda, Anthony, Rose, Louise, and Daniel.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all services will be private. Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square.  Please visit Mr. Martelli’s online memorial by going to

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