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Mario Joseph Cerroni Obituary
Cerroni, Mario Joseph

Formerly Endicott: Mario Joseph Cerroni, 81, formerly of Endicott, NY, passed away on April 15, 2014 in his home in Ft. Worth, TX. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Fay Cerroni, his children, Mary Ellen Cerroni (Armando Lopez de Victoria) of Farmington, NM, Richard M. Cerroni (Sharon Ngao) of Haslet, TX, and Margaret A. Cerroni Fade (Charles) of Ft Worth, TX. He is pre-deceased by his brother, Alexander Cerroni, sister Antoinette Benedetti and sister-inlaw Rebecca Carnright (Gene). He is also survived by his brothers and sisters in-law Nancy Squire, Harold Squire (Mina Austin), Charles Squire (Elaine), Allan Squire (Kitty), special family members Cheryl Squire and Susan Cerroni, his beloved grandchildren, Melissa (T.J.) Mitchell, Maria, Benjamin (Sydney ), Sarah and Grace as well as his great-grandchildren, Noah, Walter, and Jamison. Mario is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mario was born in Saranac Lake, NY January 1, 1933 the son of P. Michelangelo (Mike) and Sabina (Sarah) Cerroni and was raised in Endicott, NY. He graduated from Union Endicott High School and served in the US Air Force during the Korean War as a medic. He married Marilyn Squire in 1958. He graduated from Ithaca College in 1958 with a degree in music education and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He went on to obtain his master's degree in music education at Ithaca College. He was a music teacher in the Maine-Endwell School District where he taught choral music. He was especially proud of his Madrigal group. Early in his career he was the choir director at St. Anthony of Padua church in Endicott and musical director of the St. Anthony's Players. As an area jazz musician he performed in various ensembles on piano, bass and mandolin. During his career he performed with many notable musicians and conducted workshops for NYSMA, and Binghamton University. He was a member of the Local Musician's Union No. 380. Mario made many recordings of his favorite music for his family and friends. He and his family moved to the Dallas/Ft Worth area of Texas in 1981. He worked for Security companies for many years before he retired in 2000. Mario had many hobbies including ham radio (WB2FLM), Radio Controlled Airplanes, building rockets and enjoyed wood crafts. He loved watching musicals and reading biographies of other musicians. He loved to dance. Most of his friends and family will remember the many sing-a-longs he had during family parties. Mario's care is entrusted to DeMarco Cremations and Funerals 1605-1607 Witherill Street Endicott NY. A mass celebrating Mario's life will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Endicott, NY on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 11a.m. followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery. Visiting hours are from 10 -11am before the funeral.

The family would appreciate donations to the in Mario's name.

Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from May 25 to June 1, 2014
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