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Mario L. Roke

Mario L. Roke Obituary
Mario L. Roke, 89, of Glen Lyon, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017, at the home of his son in Walnutport.

Born in Masontown on Sept. 7, 1927, he was the son of the late Phillip and Rose Valleri Roke.

He attended the Newport Twp. schools and Mario was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 11th Airborne Division.

Mario was employed by the Bechtel Corp., engineering at several nuclear power plants across the United States, until his retirement.

He was a member of the former St. Denis Church and the former Corpus Christi Parish and Holy Spirit Parish, Glen Lyon, the Italian American Sporting Club, American Legion Post 539 and the former Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8353, all of Glen Lyon. He served as a volunteer firefighter for the Newport Twp. Fire Department for more than 40 years and he was one of the first locally certified EMTs with the Newport Twp. Ambulance Association. Mario was also was an avid hunter. Mario was preceded in death by his loving wife, the former Elaine A. Laychus Roke; daughter, Lisa A. Roke Higgins; sister, Mary Thomas; and brothers, Victor, Louis, Nello and Joseph Roke.

Surviving are his sons, Phil Roke and wife, Theresa, and Mark Roke and wife, Debbie; grandchildren, Mark Roke Jr. and wife, Jenn, Jessica Mulligan and husband, Shawn, Jaclyn Nelson and husband, Aaron, Jason Roke and fiancée, Lorianne Carden, Brittany and Kelsey Higgins; great-grandchildren, Noah, Luke, Mason, Aysha and Isabella Roke and Robin Mulligan; sister, Carlinda Papili; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Blessing Service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday from George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 211 W. Main St., Glen Lyon, with the Rev. Louis Kaminski officiating.

Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Glen Lyon.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday.

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Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 10, 2017
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