Marino Rossi passed away January 14, 2013 at Hospice House in Paradise. He was 90 years of age. Marino was born to Casimiro and Alaide Rossi in San Francisco, California on March 18, 1922. Marino attended schools in Pescadero, California where he played soccer in high school. He lived with his parents and brothers in Pescadero at the Cascade Ranch. After leaving the ranch he lived in Santa Cruz.
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In 1952, he married Margaret Vaninetti where they started their family. Marino was a mechanic at the ranch. Once leaving the ranch, he worked for Cornell Tractor which eventually became Petersen Tractor. After the tractor company, Marino opened a Firestone repair and retail store and after closing, he went to work for George H.Wilson and then to Granite Construction as a head mechanic. His final job was with Santa Cruz Aggregates until retirement where he and Margaret then moved from Santa Cruz to Paradise. Marino and Margaret purchased a lot in Paradise and built their home.
In Santa Cruz and Paradise, Marino was an avid gardener. He loved his fruit trees to the point of having an abundance of fruit which he enjoyed sharing with many people.
During Marino's younger years, he enjoyed hunting deer and elk, and diving for abalone. In Paradise, he introduced his grandchildren to fishing amongst the many streams in their area.
While in Santa Cruz, he and his son Mark would pick grapes in the valley for making wine. He continued his winemaking when they moved to Paradise. He loved working in his cellar bottling his wine. Marino was a member of Italian Catholic Federation, Marconi Club, Elks Lodge, Son's of Italy, Knights of Columbus, Paradise Men's Garden Club and a 50-year member of Operating Engineers Local Union #3.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Rossi, children Marsha (Joe) Marsano of Watsonville; Mark (Linda) Rossi of Capitola, and Marla (Kevin) Meek, of Santa Cruz; grandchildren Joseph Marsano III, Gary (Sara) Rossi, Bryan Rossi, Amanda Rossi and Stefan Meek as well as numerous nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents, Casimiro and Alaide Rossi, brothers Rudolph Rossi and Gino Rossi.
A viewing will be held at Brusie Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 16 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. A service will take place on January 17 at St. Thomas More in Paradise, California at 1:00pm. Donations can be made to Paradise Hospice House, Alzheimer's Foundation or
Condolences can be made on-line at www.brusiefh.com
Published in Paradise Post from Jan. 17 to Feb. 16, 2013