Leo J. Mirolli Sr. (1946 - 2019)

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Allen R Horne Funeral Home
193 Mcintyre Rd
Catawissa, PA

COAL TOWNSHIP - Leo J. Mirolli Sr., 73, of Shamokin, passed away surrounded by family Wednesday Nov. 13, 2019, at Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Coal Township.

Leo grew up and remained in Marion Heights until 1986. He then moved to Trevorton Road where he resided for more than 20 years. He also lived on Old Trail Road, Shamokin Dam,for approximately five years until his health declined.

He was born May 8, 1946, in Shamokin, a son of the late Leo J. and Lorraine (Yucha) Mirolli.

Leo graduated from Kulpmont High School and played football at the nose guard position. After high school, he enlisted into the U.S. Air Force June 10, 1964, and was stationed at Eskisehir Air Base in Turkey with TUSLOG Detachment 100 as an air policeman.

During his service, Leo earned a small arms expert marksmanship ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal. He was honorably discharged June 14, 1968, from McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey with the rank of sergeant.

On June 5, 1970, Justice of the Peace John J. Bartko, of Coal Township, married Leo and Mary Rebecca James.

Despite divorcing years later, the two remained friends and always looked out for one another, Leo continued to love Mary until his last breath.

Leo owned and operated his own construction business, Mirolli Home Improvement, for many years in Marion Heights. He then worked as a manager at the Shamokin, Millersburg and Berwick Ames department stores for more than 20 years, and where he retired when the company went out of business.

He was an avid hunter and also enjoyed watching the Philadelphia Flyers, Sixers, Phillies and Eagles. He loved to attend games with his children and grandchildren.

Leo is survived by his ex-wife, Mary James; three sons, Leo J. Mirolli Jr. and his wife, Kelly, of Coal Township, James J. Mirolli and his wife, Erin, of Grand Blanc, Michigan, and Kyle J. Mirolli, of Shamokin; five grandchildren, Leo J. III, Logan, Leah, Luke and Anthony J. Mirolli; a great-grandson, Asher Michael Legend Mirolli; his sister, Sandra Palembas, of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

Published in The News Item from Nov. 15 to Nov. 18, 2019
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