Cavolo, Mario Frank
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82, of Scottsdale passed away on June 19, 2013. Son of Frank and Nicolina Cavolo of Yonkers, New York, born on December 4, 1930 peacefully passed away June 19 surrounded by his family at his home in Scottsdale. Mario was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Yonkers and studied business administration at Iona College and New York University. From 1950 to 1954 he honorably served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Once he returned to the U.S., Mario worked at his family owned Seminary Barbershop with his father Frank in Yonkers. In 1956, Mario met his future wife and soul mate, Angela. They were married on May 5, 1957 in Yonkers, New York. Mario was the owner and operator of Mario's Stationery and Toys while he worked as a salesman to support his family. Mario began his successful career with Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance (Mass Mutual) in 1968. Mario accepted a promotion with Connecticut Mutual in 1976 and relocated his family to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Among many prestigious awards that Mario earned for his hard work and determination are the Sidney Rosenbaum Memorial Award, his induction into the Master's Club, and Salesman of the Year for Connecticut Mutual Life. In 1980, the Cavolos moved to Scottsdale, Arizona to join Mario's two brothers. Mario joined his brother and founder of Peter Piper Pizza, Anthony (Tony) Cavolo and his wife, Helen, as one of the first franchisees in the nation. Mario's middle brother and sister-in-law, Matthew and Isobel, owned multiple toy stores in Scottsdale and Las Vegas. Mario enjoyed traveling the world with the love of his life and volunteering to cook for The Missionaries of Charity in Phoenix. Along with traveling, he loved spending quality time with his family and friends. Mario is survived by his devoted wife, Angela, of 56 years. He is also survived by his son John of Flagstaff, his daughters Elaine and husband Jonathan, Elizabeth, Elyse and their mother, Christine. His second son, Mario Eugene and his wife Nana reside in Shanghai, China with their son Vincent; also, Mario Eugene's daughters Larke and Lindsay and their mother, Patricia. Mario's youngest son, Nick and his fiancée, Megan reside in Phoenix, as do Nick's children Cole, Quinn, Keragan and their mother, Melissa. He always said, "It's the only way to get to Heaven!" Vigil Friday June 21st 4 to 8pm at St. Maria Goretti. 6261 North Granite Reef Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 6:30pm. Funeral Saturday June 22nd 11am at St. Maria Goretti Parish. Interment at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery immediately following funeral. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Mario's favorite charity; The Missionaries of Charity in Phoenix. 1406 South 17th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85007. (602) 254-8424
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 21, 2013