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9/14/1920 - 5/10/2013
Born in Roseville, Calif., on September 14, 1920 to Cassiano and Angelina Mirtoni, Merle John Mirtoni passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, May 10, 2013 after a brief illness. Predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Allegra, his only son, Robert John Mirtoni, his parents, and all four of his siblings Marnia Mirtoni, Julia Maracci (Sam), Jean Giorgi (Al) and Alfred John Mirtoni. Also by his mother-in-law, Margaret Brown; sister-in-law, Lenore Brown; nephew, Dennis Giorgi; and great-nephew, Ryan Sandlin.
He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Mirtoni; grandson, Nathan Allred; granddaughter, Sarah Crowell (Thomas); great-grandchildren, Xander and Ayla Crowell. He leaves many loving family members: sister-in-law, Connie Mirtoni; brother-in-law, Russell Brown; nephews, David Mirtoni (Sue) and Scott Brown (Deb); nieces, Lynn Sandlin (Patrick), Dale Amann (John), Gretchen Hayhurst (Ron); great-nephews, Sean Schwelm-Amann, Matthew Mirtoni (Michelle), Eric Sandlin (Nadia) and Taylor Brown; great-nieces, Christine Lemos (Matt), Nicole Sandlin, Maeve Long (Allen), Caroline Amann, Colleen Amann and Danielle Stevens (Clayton); great-great- nephews and nieces, Courtney, Nathan, Annie, Lauren, Cheyenne, Wyatt, Cody, Caden, Kaylee and Alex; and cousins, Jerry and Gloria Bertacci Jean Rodriques.
Merle had many dear friends including Raymond Green who was "like a son" to him and Janet Fameli, "my girl." Also Fabia Calazani, the Patterson, Looper, Sprat and Dunning families.
As a teenager, Merle enjoyed playing his accordion with his band in and around Roseville for parties and dances. He worked nights while attending high school and admitted to often falling asleep during classes. He was one of only three students at Roseville High who owned their own cars. Not long after graduating, his siter, Jean, invited him to live with her and her husband, Al, in South San Francisco. Al got him a job at Bethlehem Stell and Jean introduced him to his future wife, Allegra Brown. Merle and Allegra were married in October of 1942. In 1943 he entered the army and was a veteran of Wold War II, servicing in England and Frace. Their son was born while Merle was overseas and it wasn't until Robert was walking that his father first saw him. He was discharged from the service in 1945. They lived with Allegra's mother while saving their money to purchase a home of their own. Their daughter was born in 1946 and finally, in 1950 they were able to purchase the home in South San Francisco where they resided for 32 years. While raising their children, Merle enjoyed playing his accordion and singing for friends and family. He was a good bowler, even scoring a perfect game once. For many years he was the Boy Scout Master for Troop 77 and he always had a beautiful garden. The family spent summers at Lake Berryessa, fishing, skiing and playing horseshoes. He worked for over 25 years for Arata Pontiac and International Trucks in So. S.F., and later for Oakland Scavengers as a truck mechanic. Upon retiring thirty years ago, Merle moved Allegra to his hometown, Roseville.
He fully enjoyed his retirement years. He and Allegra traveled to Europe twice with family and friends. They also had several trips to Hawaii. He took excellent care of Allegra for the five years she battled cancer and missed her deeply every for the past thirteen years. In 2007 Merle cruised to Alaska with the Dave Mirtoni and Dunning families. In 2002 he and his daughter cruised the Caribbean, where he swan with the dolphins, which he claimed as on of the "highlights" of his life. Merle enjoyed golfing, gardening, and going to Reno on monthly bus trips and Friday mornings at Denios with his brother, Al. He loved his Manhattans and always had a batch made waitin in the fridge for guests that came by at cocktail time. He was an excellent dancer and loved to take all the ladies for a spin. He contiuned to play his accordion and entertain friends and family through his 80s. He even got a little combo together that met every Tuesday afternoon to jam in his living room.
Merle always had a smile on his face and could make the gloomist day bright with just a pat or hug or word to the wise. "We can only do the best we can we do." He brought love and sunshine to everyone he knew and he will be greatly missed. We were blessed to have had him in our lives.
There will be a visitation at Cochrane's Chapel of the Roses, 103 Lincoln St. Roseville, CA 95678 on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 4 to 7 p.m. Service at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 615 Vine Ave. Roseville, CA 95678 on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow Mass at the Roseville Cemetery. Reception to follow at Cirby Hills Townehomes Clubhouse, Cirby Hills Dr., Roseville, Calif. In liue of flowers, donations can be made to The Gathering Inn, 201 Berkeley Ave., Roseville, Calif., or to a
Cochrane & Wagemann
103 Lincoln St.
Roseville, CA 95835
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on May 17, 2013