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Mario Martin Menesini February 24, 1922- April 28, 2013 Resident of Martinez Dr. Mario Martin Menesini left us on the 28th of April, 2013. He was born in Martinez at 1225 Castro Street on February 24, 1922 to Marie Bonzagni Menesini and Mario Menesini. As a boy he worked in the Menesini Family Store that through the '20's and '30's was located on Main Street in downtown Martinez. He, "Mud," played football for the Alhambra High School "Panthers" (pre "Bulldog" era), was elected Vice President of the Student Body and graduated from AHS in 1939. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from St. Mary's College in 1943 and then served in the US Navy during World War II. Upon his return he married Barbara Delores DeGregorio. Later, He earned a Masters Degree in Marine Biology from University of the Pacific and a Doctorate in Education from UC Berkley. Mario ("Marty" to his beloved wife) had a long and rewarding professional career. Early, he worked with and helped develop medical laboratories, taught math and science; at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, lectured on Molecular Biology at UC Berkeley, wrote science text books, established the Environmental Alliance with William Penn Mott that sponsored years of environmental lectures at the John Muir National Park and worked tirelessly for the alumni associations of St. Mary's College and UC Berkeley. In the mid '60's, he developed a national program that linked educational curricula with environmental and cultural realities that was adopted by both the National Park Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Mario capped his career in education serving Pittsburg Unified School District as a Vice Superintendant of Schools in charge of curriculum. Mario served on the CCC Democratic Central Committee. He was also elected to five terms of Office on the Central Sanitary District Board only recently stepping down in December 2012 when he was honored for his many contributions toward improving District services for the benefit of the public. Throughout his life Mario loved and played music on his trumpet. He played in jazz bands in North Beach, Pacific Grove and in Hawaii. "Honey Suckle Rose" was his signature tune. He serenaded Martinez during downtown concerts and parades in the '30's. He marched in the Alhambra High School Band across the Golden Gate Bridge during opening day ceremonies in 1937. Mario raised three children; Judy Marie Menesini Telfer, a UC Davis graduate and licensed school teacher, Richard Mario Menesini, home builder and designer, Michael Martin Menesini, an Assistant District Attorney and former Mayor of Martinez. He is survived by his daughters-in-law Dusty and Andrea and his son-in-law, Michael Telfer. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Tim (Asta) Menesini, Paul Menesini, and Simon (Emily) Menesini, Andrea (Casmir) Telfer Carbo, Stephanie (Ceser) Telfer Lara, Lauren Telfer, Sophia Menesini, and Madelyn Menesini. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren; Richard, Jason, Matt, Cody, Nick, John, Nolan, Max and Mason Menesini, Susannah and Anabelle Carbo and Jackson Lara. He was predeceased by his granddaughter; Nicole Barbara Telfer, his brother, whom he loved, Louie Menesini and his beloved wife, Barbara, to whom he was married to for 65 years. Our Dad knew and loved so many folks. He lived life "like a tiger" Rest in peace, Dad (grandpa and great grandpa). We love you, always. Family and friends are invited to a Visitation 3-8p.m. with vigil at 7p.m. Sunday, May 5 at Connolly & Taylor Chapel. Mass will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Martinez May 6th at 11 a.m. followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Lafayette. A reception will follow at the home of Judy and Michael Telfer in Martinez. All his friends and family are welcome. Connolly & Taylor Chapel (925) 228-4700
Published in Contra Costa Times on May 3, 2013
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