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YOUNGSTOWN - Prayers will be held Wednesday at 9:15 am at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, for Marino Pellegrini, 89, who passed away Saturday evening at Shepherd of the Valley.
Marino was born Sept. 23, 1924, in Arezzo, Italy, a son of the late Domenico and Giovanna (Verrazzani) Pellegrini. He came to the United States in 1955.
Marino was a member of the Italian Navy in World War I and was a prisoner of war for five years. He was on the police force in Italy and also worked in the coal mines in Nice, France. When Marino came to the United States, he worked on the railroad, was a painter and worked for Hynes Steel until he retired in 1986. Marino also worked at his sons pizza shop, Wedgewood Pizza in Boardman part-time.
Marino was a member of St. Anthony Church. He enjoyed hunting, walking, and gardening. When he was growing up in Italy, he loved to snow ski in the Italian Alps.
His wife, the former Mary DeArcangelis, whom he married Sept. 15, 1955, in San Giovanni DiLaterno Basilica in Rome, Italy, passed away March 17, 2008.
Marino leaves his two sons, Dominic Dino (Michelle) Pellegrini of Mineral Ridge, and Anthony (Pauline) Pellegrini of Diamond; five grandchildren Marino, Dominic Dino, Joseph, Michael, and Nick; and a great-grandson, Liam.
Marino was also preceded in death by three sisters, Emma, Lina, and Piera.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. Robert Spratt for his compassionate care and friendship, and also to the staff of Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman for their kindness.
Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Material tributes may take the form of donations to Hospice of the Valley 5190 Market Street Boardman, OH 44512.