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Mario Belletti Obituary
Mario P. Belletti
Mario Peter Belletti, 96, of Pen Argyl, PA, passed away suddenly at Gracedale Nursing Home after a short, courageous battle with cancer. Mario was born in Pen Argyl, PA on July 14, 1917, a son of a northern Italian immigrant, the late Peter and Regina (Perinotto) Belletti. Mario spent his entire life in the small town of Pen Argyl. He married Josephine Sousa, the love of his life, in 1954, and the two were inseparable for 53 years. The couple had one son, Wayne. As a young boy, he worked on the family farm and helped with the family neighborhood corner store. He always enjoyed physical labor, from mowing lawns, to painting exteriors and shoveling snow. Preferring hands on work, he left school in 10th grade and worked in the pants factory until he was drafted into the army on October, 1941 for WWII. Mario served as an anti-aircraft specialist early in the war, and was awarded a purple heart for bravery in the infantry. Upon return to PA in 1945, Mario landed a job in Hercules Cement Plant in Nazareth, PA; over the next 37 years, he moved up in the company and retired as a blaster in 1983. Nanu (Italian for grandfather) was very content in Pen Argyl and enjoyed the company of family and a few close friends. He prided himself on his independence and was an avid fan of professional wrestling. He was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church in Pen Argyl, PA. Mario was also a member of the Cement Workers Union. Survivors: He is survived by his sister, Theodora Vincent of Perkaise, PA; his daughter-in-law, Maureen Sousa of Pen Argyl; his granddaughter, Kelly, and her husband, Joseph Puzzi of Orwigsburg; two grandchildren, Christian and Samantha; and his grand dog, Chloe. Mario was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Belletti and his one son, Wayne Sousa. Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 300 W. Babbitt Ave., Pen Argyl, PA, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, with Msgr. Vincent York officiating. Call Saturday 10 to 11 a.m. in the church. Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery, Pen Argyl, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James B. Gaffney Funeral Home, Pen Argyl, PA. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to , Lehigh Valley Unit 3893 Adler Place Bethlehem, PA 18017 or American , Northeast District 212 E. Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018.


Published in Morning Call on Jan. 8, 2014
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