Joel M. Cerel


Cerel, Joel M., 82, died Friday, April 14, 2017 at home. He was the beloved husband of Lenore (White) Cerel for 60 years. Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Jack and Frances (Mellion) Cerel, he was a longtime resident of Cranston. He was the owner and certified gemologist of Cerel’s Jewelers for 50 years, retiring in 1992.  Joel attended Riverside Military Academy. While at Boston University he was a member of TEP Fraternity. Joel was also a member of Mount Moriah Lodge of Masons.  Devoted father of Robin Rittenberg of Cranston and Jacalyn Shaulson of Stanford, CT. Dear brother of the late Daniel Cerel. Loving grandfather of Jonathan and Amit, Samuel, and Jake Rittenberg, Misty and Lainey Sidell. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, 1085 N. Main St., Providence, RI 02904.  Due to the Passover holiday, shiva is omitted.


  1. Susan Goldberg
    Apr 15, 2017

    Love to Jackie and her loved ones from her West Coast coast family. I wish I could be there to lift you up. I’m so sorry for everything. LOVE YOU!!!

  2. Cheryl Mendelsohn
    Apr 15, 2017

    Dear Jackie and family,

    I am so saddened to hear about the loss or your Dad, husband and grandfather! I remember his forever smiling face and kindness! May his memory be a blessing! Praying for you all at this most difficult time!

  3. David Fixler
    Apr 15, 2017

    Dear Robin, Jackie and family:

    I am so sad to hear about the loss of your Dad. I always enjoyed spending time with him, and I have fond memories of his humor, kindness and love for family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, and may your father’s memory be a blessing.

  4. Mario DeAngelis
    Apr 15, 2017

    Lenore and family, Maria and I were very saddened to learn of Joel’s passing. We will surely miss seeing him at Dunkin’ Donuts. Our sincerest condolences to all.

  5. Harry F Massey
    Apr 16, 2017

    My sincere condolences to the entire Cerel family and all who are touched by his passing. I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Cerel through my years as an employee of The SamSan Co. He was a true gentleman and I am saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers to everyone.

  6. Caryn Markoff O'Connor
    Apr 16, 2017

    Thinking of you at this difficult time.

  7. Gino & Joyce daigneault
    Apr 17, 2017

    I have known Joel for over 50 years. He inspired me as a young man and I have respected him ever since,.He will be greatly missed and my sincere condolences to his wife Lenore and his daughters.

  8. Terrie & Harry Mancoll
    Apr 17, 2017

    Dear Lenore,
    Harry and I were saddened to hear of Joel’s passing.
    May his memory be a blessing for eternity.
    Thinking of you at this time..
    Terrie & Harry

  9. Dr. Ed Iannuccilli
    Apr 17, 2017

    My condolences to Lenore and family of this fine gentleman.
    Dr. Ed

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