Mario Pete Ceccacci, Jr., 85, of Galveston, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Gulf Health Care Center in Galveston.
Mario was born July 19, 1923, in Galveston, Texas. He graduated from Ball High School and attended Texas A&M University before being drafted into the U. S. Army. Mario proudly served in the Pacific with the 1st Cavalry Division during World War II. After returning from the war, he worked in the bottling department of Falstaff Brewery before retiring after more than 20 years of service. Mario then went into the cabinet making business with his cousin, A.C. Schaper. He was an avid collector of “stuff” of all kinds and was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church.
Mario was preceded in death by his parents, Mario Pete Ceccacci, Sr. and Anna Schaper Ceccacci; and his sister, Ruth C. Morel.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marianna F. Ceccacci; son, Mario P. Ceccacci, III, and wife, Rosalyn; granddaughters, Angela C. Patlovany and husband, Justin; Amy L. Eisel; and Alicia D. Martinez (David); great grandson, Anthony Martinez; niece, Denise Ackerman; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Mario’s family will receive visitors from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Thursday, June 25th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 10:00 am, Friday, June 26th, at First Lutheran Church with Rev. Doug Guthier officiating. Burial will follow the service at Calvary Cemetery in Galveston.
Pallbearers will be Justin Patlovany, Danny Weber, Bob Ruzicka, James Fundling, A.C. Schaper, Jr., and Frank Macaluso. Honorary pallbearers will be James LaCoume, Bill Monteath, and Manny Govella.
Mario’s family wishes to thank Verna Thompson for her daily visits with “Chief.”
Memorials may be made in Mario’s memory to First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie, Galveston, TX 77550.