Venezia, Mario- of Woburn, originally of the West End of Boston Oct. 13th, after a brief illness at the age of 94. Loving husband of 71 years to Frances Venezia. Predeceased by his parents Gennaro and Eleanora Venezia and his older brothers Arthur and William Venezia. Mario is survived by his sister Eleanor Connors and her husband Bob. Loving father and father in law of his sons Jerry and his wife Cyndi of North Reading, Bob and his wife Terri of Billerica and Jack and his wife Christine of Atkinson, NH. Mario will be missed terribly by his grandchildren Mike Venezia and his companion Stacie Nelson of Broward County, FL.; Daniel Venezia and his wife Shauna of Billerica; Joseph Venezia and his wife Maureen of Billerica; Michelle DeRosa and her husband Joe of Billerica; Mike Venezia and his wife Danielle of Nashua, NH; Steven Venezia and his wife Amanda of Merrimack, NH; Christopher Venezia and his wife Jylian of Danvers; Matthew Venezia and his companion Samantha LoRusso of Haverhill, Brittany Venezia of North Reading and the late Scott Venezia of Billerica. Loving great grandfather of Olivia, Daniel, Derek, Adriana, Katherine, Madeline, Gennaro, Zachary, Alexis, Tyler, Tony, Joey, Madelyn, Gabriella, Nicholas, Dario and Davian. Mario is also survived by his sister in law Dodi Mericantante of Woburn as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
Mario grew up in the West End of Boston attending Boston English High and after graduation enlisted in the US Navy during WWII. He was assigned to the Pensacola Naval Station in Pensacola, FL. Following his discharge from the Navy Mario began working as an electrician for over thirty years for the Railway Express and Comm. Of Mass. where he finished his career as a Project Manager for the Dept. of Mental Health and retired from both jobs in 1990. After retirement he and Frances began spending winters at their condo in Citrus Hills, FL. They met many friend there and Mario took up the game of golf, which he played up till two years ago. Sometime in the 90’s he had his first and only hole in one. Mario enjoyed watching both college and NFL football and was a big Notre Dame, Naval Academy and Patriots fan. He was an avid reader and stayed in touch with his large extended family by using social media right up until the end.
Mario was a parishioner at Saint Barbara’s Church in Woburn for sixty one years and as recently as four months ago, was an usher doing the Sunday collections. The most important thing to Mario was family. He would frequently check in with his son and daughter in laws on social media to see how his grandchildren and great grandchildren were doing. His lasting legacy was his unconditional love for his family. He will be missed by all of us.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation in the Funeral Home on Friday, Oct. 16th from 10am-12noon. Burial will take place with Military Honors in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford privately with family in attendance. In lieu of flowers please make donations on Mario’s name to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St, Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701
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