Vincenzi “James” Martelli

July 27, 1927 - October 1, 2020 Kennett Square, PA | Age 93

Mr. Vincenzi “James” Martelli, age 93 of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020 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.

James attended St. Patrick’s grade school and later graduated from the 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


  1. Dear Luke, Patti and Donna,

    So sorry to hear of your loss of your Dad. He was always so pleasant and genuine. I have so many fond memories of our families together when we lived “up on the highway” as my Mom always said. Also have memories of the parents holloring at us a lot of times for doing things we weren’t supposed to do!! My deepest sympathy to your family. Love, Phyllis

    Phyllis T. Smith | October 10, 2020 at 5:52 PM
  2. Donna, so sorry for your loss. May God comfort and bless you and your family. Ruthy

    Ruthy Grayson | October 7, 2020 at 5:08 PM
  3. Luke, Patty, and Donna, I’m so sorry to hear about Uncle Jimmy’s passing. I have so many fond memories of our entire Martelli family and all the fun we had when we were together for various occasions. Love, your cousin, Fran Raffaele Barr

    Fran Raffaele Barr | October 6, 2020 at 4:26 PM
  4. Jim will be greatly missed. We shared many laughs over our dinners together at the Villa.

    Mary Kapaun | October 6, 2020 at 12:41 PM
  5. Donna I am so sorry for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Monica Neeson | October 6, 2020 at 12:40 PM
  6. Luke, Patty and Donna,
    Butch and I are so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. He was a good friend, neighbor and hunting buddy. He was also one of the nicest guy you could ever ask to meet. He lived a full life and seemed to enjoy it. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Butch & Pat Swift

    Rich Swift | October 6, 2020 at 11:55 AM
  7. Dear Chrissy and Kevin I would like to extend my sympathies on behalf of all of us here at PECO Energy with the passing of Chrissy’s grandfather. Sincerely Frank Popovich

    Frank Popovich | October 6, 2020 at 11:43 AM
  8. Patty and family,
    I am very sorry for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you for peace and comfort.

    Linda Richardson Hilyard | October 6, 2020 at 10:16 AM
  9. Hi Donna
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
    May God bless and help heal your broken heart.
    God Bless

    Helen Thomas | October 6, 2020 at 8:56 AM
  10. Donna – Sorry for the loss of your father. It reads that he lead a full and rewarding life and loved and was loved in return. For each of us, that is the optimal existence. My prayers are with you and your family during these difficult times. May God bless you all.

    Lamar Jones | October 6, 2020 at 8:45 AM
  11. We are very sorry for the loss of your wonderful father. May he Rest In Peace. We love and miss all of you. Love always,
    Jim, Kathy, Chris and Elise Remerscheid

    Kathy remerwcheid | October 5, 2020 at 6:56 PM

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