Dr. Joseph N. Marino, 98, a resident of Scranton, died Wednesday at home. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Jeanne M. Leo, in 1989. The couple was married for more than 48 years.
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Born in Scranton on June 7, 1916, son of the late Ralph and Frances Noto Marino, he was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and a graduate of the University of Scranton in 1938 and Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, in 1942. He was also a member of the American Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Lackawanna County Medical Association. He was an Army veteran of World War II, enlisting in 1944. He served as a battalion surgeon with Patton's Third Army as it moved through France, Belgium, Germany and Czechoslovakia. After leaving the European Theater, he served with the Army of Occupation in Japan until his discharge as a captain in 1946. As with most men of that era, he did not speak of his wartime experiences, but quietly took up his life where he had left off.
Joseph provided medical care and comfort to Scranton residents for more than half a century. He inherited from his parents a strong work ethic and an equally strong Catholic faith. He married his high school sweetheart, Jeanne, in 1941. They first met when she was 13 and he was 15. The faith and values they shared were passed on to their family of six children. They are now reunited for all eternity as their faith promised. Immediately upon his discharge from the Army, Joseph began his medical practice at first in a small office and then, in 1947, from his home. For more than 50 years, he treated patients there, never turning anyone away and charging only what the patient could afford, frequently charging nothing. When he wasn't in his office, he was making house calls at all hours or doing hospital rounds. He was a constant shining example to his children of compassion and dedication.
Although for a time Joseph took up bowling, and in later years enjoyed occasional trips with his wife and family, he was never comfortable for long away from his patients. His passion for healing was so inspiring that both a son and a grandson followed in his footsteps at Jefferson Medical College, to his delight and satisfaction.
Surviving are six children, Joseph Marino and wife, Katie, New Castle; Sandra Alunni and husband, Al, Moscow; Robert Marino and wife, Laura, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Marilynn Monger and husband, Jim, Durango, Colo.; Dr. Ralph Marino and wife, Cindy, Philadelphia; and Jeanne Marie Marino, Coral Springs, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Mack Cullings and husband, Eric; Elizabeth Panagoplos and husband, Andrew; Amy Alunni, Dr. Michael Alunni, Sam Bshero and wife, Amanda; and Francesca, Alexander and Dante Marino; four great-grandchildren, Brandon and Ryan Panagoplos, Nathan Cullings and Molly Bshero; a brother, Emil, Scranton; and sisters-in-law, Mary Marino and Madeleine Leo, Scranton; Doris Marino, Lewisburg; and JoAnn Foley, San Jose, Calif.
He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Angelo, Dr. Thomas, Ralph Jr. and John; and a sister, Vincentina.
The funeral will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. from the August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph Sica. Entombment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Friends may call Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
, East Region, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517. To leave an online condolence, visit www.august
August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc.
202-204 Pittston Avenue Scranton, PA 18505
Published in Scranton Times from June 27 to June 28, 2014