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Mario Merlo

In Honor Of The Life Of Mario Elito Merlo

Mario passed away peacefully on October 30, 2013 in the presence of his loving daughters.


Mario was born July 20, 1917 in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Commerce High School in San Francisco. He met the love of his life, Jaye Puricelli, in 1940 and they were married on December 27, 1941. His pursuit of a degree in accounting was interrupted by his enlistment in the Army.


Mario began service in June 1942 in the United States Army. He was in the Wildcat Division and served in the Southern Philippines and Western Pacific. He earned the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star and WWII Victory Medal. Upon being honorably discharged, he returned to San Francisco. Mario and his beloved brother, Lewis M. Merlo, started a concrete construction company and were successful through fifty years of business.


Mario was devoted to his late wife. He is survived by his three daughters, Jeannie Pope, Jayne Royce, and Joan Barisone, and their husbands, Stephen Pope, Gary Royce, and Edward Barisone. He was blessed with grandchildren, Matthew Pope, Marc Pope, Jaimie Pope, Brian Royce, Gregory Royce, Anthony Barisone, Nicholas Barisone, and John Vincent Barisone. Mario is also survived by his great grandchildren James Elliot Pope, Aidan Alexander Pope, and Emerson Rose Royce.


Mario enjoyed spending time at the San Mateo Elks Club with friends and family. He enjoyed traveling and sharing time with his immediate family.


Although a man of few words, he was a man of integrity. He will be missed by all those that were blessed to have known him.


Interment will be at Skylawn Memorial Park on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 1:00pm. A celebration of Mario's life will follow at 2:30pm at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club.



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Duggan's Serra Mortuary
500 Westlake Avenue Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 756-4500
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 4, 2013
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