Aldo Joseph Pelillo Sr., 78, of Bethel, died July 4 at The Kent in Kent. He was the husband of Jeanette (Grottolo) Pelillo.

He was born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., son of the late Joseph and Eva (Scafa) Pelillo.

He served in the National Guard for six-and-a-half years and worked for 40 years at Perkin Elmer as a master optical technician. While there, he worked on projects that included the Hubble Telescope and Sky Lab. He then worked for five years at SVG before retiring.

He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 120 in Danbury and was an avid New York Yankees fan. He also enjoyed gardening.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Aldo Pelillo Jr., of Pleasanton, Calif., and Anthony Pelillo, and his wife, Brenda, of New Milford; a daughter, Eva Pelillo, of Bethel; four grandsons: Nicholas, Vincent, Thomas and Joseph Pelillo; two granddaughters, Danielle Shpunt and Deanna Hayghe; two great-grandsons, Alex Rocco Pelillo and Thomas Stephen Pelillo; a great-nephew; a godson, Kris Pelillo; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Wanda Pelillo; a brother, Albert Pelillo; and three sisters, Rena Rabasco, Myra Mauriello and Lydia Rabasco.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Connecticut Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill CT 06067.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated July 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 26 Dodgingtown Road, Bethel. There are no calling hours.

The Bethel Funeral Home in Bethel is in charge of arrangements.