Attilio, Mario Joseph Sr.
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58, Surprise, Arizona, passed away on February 19, 2010. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. Mario was a successful entrepreneur in Arizona for the past 30 years. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son as well as a mentor to many. He is survived by his wife, Diane; mother, Angelina; Sons, Mario Jr. (Kathleen), Nick (Janelle); Grandchildren, Andrew, Jacob, Emily, Dominick and Jackson. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Wayne Beneteau, who he considered his third son and his childhood best friend, John Mallie who he considered the brother he never had. He is also survived by countless other family members and friends who he deeply cared for. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to AZ Accordion Club Scholarship Fund in memory of Mario Attilio. Contributions can be made through any Wells Fargo Bank. It is a fund that provides the gift of music by way of the accordion and lessons to under privileged children in Arizona. There will be a memorial service at noon on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 17111 W. Bell Road, Surprise, Arizona 85374, (southwest corner of Bell Road and Cotton Lane) (623) 546-3444. There will be a luncheon immediately following in the church hall.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 24, 2010