SUFFERN, N.Y. – Mario Norelli, a resident of Suffern and Spring Valley, died Monday, July 18. He was 99.
He was born on Jan.6, 1917, in New York City, to Arturo Norelli and Celestina Vernazza.
He served in Europe during World War II. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pace University and served as the comptroller of U.S. Plywood Corp., which later became Champion Building Products and subsequently was absorbed by International Paper.
After he retired in 1982, he drove an ambulance for Spring Hill Ambulance Corps. for 10 years helping many people on the way to the hospital and even delivering a baby. When he turned 75, he served 10 more years as the treasurer of the Ambulance Corps.
Together with his wife, Olga, they delivered Meals on Wheels for more than 10 years. He also was a volunteer income tax preparer and counselor in the IRS Tax Assistance and Financial Counselling Program for the elderly until he was 90.
He is survived by his wife; son Dr. John Norelli; Laura Goldhamer; son-in-law Paul Goldhamer; grandchildren Rachel Goldhamer and her partner Matt Sutz and Emily Goldhamer; brother Arthur Norelli and his wife, Rose.
He was predeceased by his brother Freddy (Alfred) Norelli and his wife, Olga; his sister, Delia and her husband, Frank Conciatori; and his wife’s sister Ines and her husband David Cummings.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 22, at St. Boniface Church, 5 Willow Tree Rd., Monsey, N.Y. Interment will follow at the Fred Loesher Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Brick Church Rd. in Spring Valley, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, charitable donations would be appreciated to Spring Hill Ambulance Corps., 48 Brick Church Road, Spring Valley, N.Y. or Catholic Charities.
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