Maurizio B. Antonelli, 82, died June 27, 2009, at his residence among his family. Mr. Antonelli was born February 13, 1927, in Tuscany in the town of Livorno Italy.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Louise, and his sister, Francesca Francese.
Mr. Antonelli loved his family and his many friends and lived an active life pursuing his hobbies and spending time with his friends drinking coffee in the afternoons.
He opened Travel Counselors, Inc. in 1958 and enjoyed traveling and working at the office with his family. He was the Vice Counsel of Italy and received many honors including the "Cavaliere della Republica Italiana" and was bestowed "NH Commendatore".
He was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church.
He is survived by his children Susan Antonelli, Jeff Antonelli and wife Cynthia, and Becky Moreno and husband Manuel, Jr.; his grandchildren Jessica Antonelli, Andrew Antonelli, Francesca "Chicca " Antonelli, Kelsey and Mitchell Moreno; niece Federica Francese Boroni and husband Michele Boroni and great nephew Carlo Boroni of San Giovanni alla Vena; nephew Michael Ray Thomas and wife Rena Somers- Thomas of Victory Lakes, and niece Colette Worm and husband Jim of Friendswood.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm at Malloy & Son Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 1st with a Rosary to conclude the evening at 7:00 pm, led by Father Bill Bartniski.
Funeral Mass will be Thursday, July 2nd at St. Patrick Catholic Church at 10:30am with entombment to follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Andrew Antonelli, Sonny Vaiani, Butch Bahr, Larry Hornbeck, and Michael Thomas.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Giorgio Cheloini, Luca Tamberi, Arthur Trimarchi, and all the members of the afternoon coffee club.
Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston or Gleanings from the Harvest - Galveston’s food bank.