Mario Raymond Mascioni, 99, of 618 Montmorenci Road, Ridgway, Pa. passed away peacefully on Friday, March 12, 2021.
Mario was born February 5, 1922 in Brandy Camp, Pa. He was the son of the late Elio and Lucia Mariucci Mascioni. He was a life-long resident of the area and attended Horton School.
On August 10, 1946 he was united in marriage to the former Doris Cavalline at Guardian Angel Church in Coal Hollow. She preceded him in death December 29, 2004. She was the love of his life for their 58 years of marriage. He is now with her, having missed her loving companionship since she departed. They are now happily reunited in heaven for eternity.
Mario was a U.S. Army veteran. Being inducted, he went to Cumberland, Maryland then on to Camp Campbell which is now Fort Campbell in Kentucky. He served during the European Theatre of World War II in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. He was part of the 310th Signal Operation Battalion, Company B, which provided the very crucial intercommunication during WW II. After serving 16 months in Europe, he was assigned back to the States. He was honorably discharged from the Army with the rank of Technical Sergeant.
Mario worked a number of different jobs throughout his life, but no matter the job, he worked hard and had a strong work ethic. Mario was employed by the Brockway Clay Plant and, after moving to Ridgway, was employed as a Construction Foreman by The Home Telephone Company. He was a dedicated employee and enjoyed his work helping the people of the area grow through communication. Mario retired from Alltel Corporation in 1983, after thirty-six years of employment.
Mario was a member of St. Leo Magnus Roman Catholic Church. His faith built him into the gracious and compassionate person he was. As a citizen of Ridgway, Mario was involved as a member of the Ridgway Township Zoning Committee and the Ridgway United Fund for many years. He was also an elected member of the Ridgway Area School Board. He served on the St. Leo’s Church Council and also served as a director of the Ridgway Senior Center. Mario was a 2nd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a proud 75-year member of the American Legion.
Mario was very active in Boy Scouting in the 1960’s and 70’s. He was asked to join Troop 93 sponsored by the American Legion Post 208 as a committee man, and later became the chairman of the Troop. Years later he became Scoutmaster for Troop 92 sponsored by St. Leo’s Catholic Church. He was instrumental in taking his troop to the Bucktail Council expedition to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. In his tenure in Scouting, Mario received many merits. He was a Vigil member in The Order of the Arrow. Alertness to the needs of others is the mark of the Vigil Honor. The Vigil Honor is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its member for service to lodge, council, and Scouting. He was also the proud holder of the Silver Beaver, which is the highest council-level award given to registered adult Scouters who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. Mario was also presented the Saint George Award. The Saint George Award is presented to those who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youths through Scouting. Mario received his award during a Scout award mass presented by the Bishop in Erie at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The loves of his life were his wife and daughter. He was a Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, Friend, Teacher, Inspirer, and Mentor. He was our rock and gave us his advice on how to fix and repair anything, how to love one another, and how to rely on the strength of your faith. He will be remembered as a humble, gentle soul. He was incredibly generous and spent countless hours of his own time helping others. He was always available whenever needed. His life was dedicated to his family, friends and his faith. His personality and smile not only were felt, but had a remarkable impact on those around him. He lovingly and modestly gave his family many intangible gifts. He gave gifts from his heart…understanding, tolerance and consideration. He gave gifts from his mind…purpose, ideas, piety and fortitude. He gave us his extraordinary gifts…his word, his encouragement, empathy, comfort and peace. He had a strong sense of faith and optimism and will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. We thank God for the gifts of his life and the blessings of the time spent with him. He will forever hold a special place in the deepest corners of our hearts. Rest in peace, Dad. May you soar with the angels as you continue to spread your generous spirit in the heavens above.
Mario is survived by a daughter, Marcia and son-in-law Donald Wildnauer of Ridgway, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, Mario was preceded in death by five brothers, Armando, Amadeo, Fred, Angelo and John, and two sisters, Twila (Kline) and Irene Mascioni. Mario was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
I was with my father when he took his last breath, as he was with me when I took my first. In all the years we shared together, he calmed my fears, he raised me, taught me everything from crayons to perfume, corrected me, comforted me, encouraged me and supported me in all things. He taught me so much simply just by the way he lived his own life. His love and his care were ever-present and always un-failing. He showed me what it is to be a caring, loving person. He loved me and I loved him. He’ll be greatly missed.
At his request, there will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial for Mario R. Mascioni will be celebrated at St. Leo Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 11:00 AM with Military Honors accorded by the Ridgway Servicemen’s Burial Detail. Officiating will be Fr. Justin P. Pino, Pastor of St. Leo Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations, if desired, can be made to St. Leo’s Catholic Church, 111 Depot St., Ridgway, PA 15853, Ridgway Animal Haven, 20 Rocky Top Rd., Ridgway, PA 15853, Elk County Humane Society, 1029 E. Eschbach Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857 or to the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home. Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com
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