Dominick J. Merlino, 90, of Nazareth, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Hospice House of the VNA of St. Luke's, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Caroline T. (Zizza), and together they celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary Tuesday.
Born in Hudson, Dominick was a son of the late Sabato and Viola (Mirro) Merlino.
Dominick worked in production for Kraft Foods, Fogelsville, for 15 years before retiring in 1990. Prior to this, he was a Pennsylvania State Police Corporal/Trooper with the Bethlehem Barracks for 25 years.
He served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bath, Pa.; the Fraternal Order of Police No. 40, Bethlehem; and the Retired State Police Association of Pennsylvania. He was a fourth-degree knight with the Knights of Columbus Council 528, Allentown, and a third-degree knight with Bethlehem Lodge, Council 4754. He was a member of the American Legion, Brown and Lynch Post 9, Palmer Township.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Lello and Eleanor Costello; two brothers, Frank and John.
In addition to his wife, Caroline, he is survived by his son Bruce Merlino and wife, Julie, Fogelsville; son Tony J. Merlino, Fogelsville; daughter, Kathleen, wife of Ward Dean, Bethlehem; son Gary Merlino and wife Tammy, Louisburg, N.C.; two sisters, Mrs. Louise Materazzi, Etters, and Mrs. Rose Rubino, Laflin; sister-in-law, Mrs. Grace Merlino, Hudson; four grandchildren; one great-grandson.
A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 115 Washington St., Bath. Calling hours will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday and 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at Bartholomew-Schisler Funeral Home, 211 E. Center St., Nazareth. Msgr. Francis Nave will celebrate the Mass. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Memorial Park Mausoleum, Allentown.
Memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.schislerfuneralhomes.com.