Carlo Marello Feb. 22, 1915 - July 20, 2011 Resident of Lafayette Carlo Marello of Lafayette and Byron Park in Walnut Creek, California, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 20, surrounded by his loved ones, at the age of 96. He was born in Oakland, California, to Luigi Marello and Orsula Bertoni, and was raised in Canove, Italy. In his youth he was trained as a tailor and he later pursued the profession after returning to the United States in 1937. He met his future wife, Jenny Novaria, at an Italian dance, and it was love at first sight. They married on April 29, 1939, and settled in Oakland where they had 2 sons. During the war Carlo worked in the Richmond Kaiser #4 shipyard in support of the war effort. Following WWII he returned to tailoring and moved the family to Lafayette to the house where they spent the next 50 plus years. Carlo commuted to Oakland where he worked for Barnes-Wright Tailoring. He later went into business for himself there and worked until his retirement in the 1970's. After that he worked from home until he was in his 80's. Carlo and Jenny had 2 more children, a daughter and son, to complete their family. He was a very spiritual man and raised his family in the Catholic faith. His family was his greatest joy, and all of us have cherished every moment he spent with us. His next favorite activity was deer hunting with friends and family in Chester, Modoc and Nevada. He seldom failed to shoot his limit each season. Carlo is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Jenny; children Louis (Barbara), Robert (Cathy), Carla (Ron) and Michael(Ellen). By adored grandchildren Theresa (Ron), Vincent (Marlene), Angelique, Janine (Greg), Jacob, Amy, Kaitlyn, Daniel, and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two grandsons, Stephen and Patrick. His passing is mourned by all family and friends and leaves a void in our lives to be filled with wonderful memories. Donations in Carlo's memory may be made to a favorite charity, or to VITAS Hospice which was so helpful in Carlo's final days. Inurnment will be private. A memorial celebration will be held in September.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 12, 2011.