Bernard “Bernie” R. Marinelli, of Alpharetta, Georgia, passed away peacefully in his home on November 10, 2020 of natural causes, surrounded by his loving family.
Bernard is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Philomena Marinelli (Rondinelli); his 12 children, Michael (Debra), Bernard (Diane), Angela, Philip, Ursula, Egidio (Leslie), Christina (Kenneth), Gregory (Elizabeth), Denise (Michael), Lisa, Teresa (Michael), and Michael Power; his 13 grandchildren and his 2 great-grandchildren; and his younger brother, Ralph of California.
Bernard is predeceased by his parents, Michele Marinelli and Angeline Marinelli (Gamberale); his grandson, Daniel; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and other family in both the U.S. and in Italy.
Bernie was born in Youngstown, Ohio on November 21, 1928. He was a graduate of Youngstown East High. He was a lifetime fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, and enjoyed watching the games with his sons Egidio and Michael. Some of his other children preferred the other team.
After serving in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, he married his high school sweetheart Philomena “Phil” Rondinelli on November 22, 1952. Bernie and Phil built and cared for the large family they always wanted.
Bernie was a mason who’s work led to the family living for a time in Teaneck, NJ and then for a time in Detroit and West Bloomfield, MI for several years, finally settling in Alpharetta. He left many dear friends wherever he went.
He retired from a mason contracting business that he founded in 1991. In retirement, he loved to tend his vegetable garden and feed his birds. Mostly, however, he relished the visits from his many children and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed the large family Sunday dinners of Phil, and later Angela and Lisa’s pasta and meatballs.
Bernie touched the lives of so many. Everyone who ever met him loved him. He shall be dearly missed.
The family will receive friends on Monday, November 16, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; with a short service to be given by an officiant from Saint Brendan’s Catholic Church at 4:00 p.m. at the McDonald & Son Funeral Home, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040. All who would like to pay their respects to our beloved Bernard are welcome to attend the viewing.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or a Pro-life organization in Bernard’s name.
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