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Osimo, Mario C.

July 14, 1920 - March 24, 2013

Huntington Beach, California - Mario C. Osimo (Capt. Retired), "Ozzie", age 92, died yesterday in his home after living a life that played a role in three major events of the 20th Century, serving as a United States Marine in WWII , the Korean War and working in the Apollo space program.

Mr. Osimo is survived by his daughters from his first marriage of 51 years to Kathryn (Keating) Osimo (deceased), children Sister Catherine Osimo, (Sisters of the Holy Cross) Arlene Osimo Mikol and husband Alex, Janet Osimo and partner Sylvia Acevedo and dear family friend Sister Timothea Kingston (Sisters of the Holy Cross). He also leaves behind two grandsons, William Mikol and wife Diana, Jered Mikol and wife Leinani, and eight great grandchildren, Gregory, Samantha, Miliano, Makana, Malia, Diamond, Lazrene and Zadelynn Mikol. After losing his wife Kathryn, he remarried Ann Woolslayer in 1996. He also leaves behind his step daughters, Nancy Huston and husband David, Diane Mazzocco and children Kelsey, Philip and Erin. He is the final surviving sibling of the 6 children of Croce and Maria Osimo, both Italian immigrants. He is pre-deceased by siblings Josephine Ginsley, Rudy Osimo, Dominic Povine, Paul and Nicolas Osimo. He has many nieces and nephews who still reside in the Philadelphia area.

Joining the Marines in 1941 at El Toro, CA he worked as an airplane mechanic until Pearl Harbor when there were few aircraft to work on after being lost in the bombing. He then worked as a Marine photographer, capturing enduring images of World War II in the Pacific Theatre, including the evacuation of the Japanese from China and the surrender of the Japanese at Bouganville Island in the South Pacific and The Korean War. The skills he learned in the Marines were transferred to the aerospace industry where he worked at Rockwell International for 25 years and played a role in the successful Apollo missions and building the B-1 bomber. Ozzie had a sense of wonder about the world around him. His natural mechanical and science ability found outlets in his hobbies of building and flying model airplanes, gardening and as a gifted photographer. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Marines never left him, as friends and family will attest. He was a friend to all.

Services will be held Wednesday April 3, 2013 at 10:00AM at St. Simon and Jude Catholic Church. He will be interred at Good Shepherd Cemetery in Huntington Beach, CA.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Sisters of the Holy Cross Ministry With the Poor Fund St. Mary's Betrand Hall, Notre Dame IN 46556

Or the Fallen Heroes Fund Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

Attn: CONTRIBUTIONS

One Intrepid Square, W 46th Street & 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036. Online donations at - http://www.fallenheroesfund.org/donate.aspx Heritage-Dilday Memorial Services, 714-842-7771

Published in Orange County Register on Mar. 30, 2013
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