James "Jim" Marzo, 79, of Coudersport, formerly of Shinglehouse, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a short illness.
Born on Saturday, Aug. 30, 1941 in Coudersport, he was a son of Attore J. and Josephine A. Mancuso Marzo.
Jim was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1959. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Lock Haven State Teachers College in 1963 and his Master's Degree from Mansfield State Teachers College in 1970.
Jim spent his teaching career at the Oswayo Valley Elementary School in Shinglehouse from 1963 until retiring in 1997. During this time he was very involved in many of the elementary and high school activities. He enjoyed working at many extra jobs throughout his lifetime. He was a school bus driver, a bartender at the Coudersport Golf Club, a florist at the former Menschel's Flowers and Gift Shop in Coudersport, a driver for Adelphia where he met many interesting people along the way, and lastly was a delivery person for Buchanan Brothers' Pharmacy in Coudersport.
Jim was a very active member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport and was a 4th degree member of Knights of Columbus Council 1355. Jim was a member and past president of the Shinglehouse Borough Council. He was also a member of the former Oswayo Valley Lions Club in Shinglehouse and also was involved in many activities throughout Shinglehouse while he was a resident. He was a member of many retired teacher professional organizations. Jim was also a member of Potter Players and Community Chorus in Coudersport.
He was a world traveler, visiting 48 states and 22 countries. He loved to share his travels and adventures with everyone. He loved stopping at the casino to play Bingo and also enjoyed playing cards with his friends. He loved to decorate for Christmas and other holidays. He was famous for his desserts, cakes and cookie recipes, especially his mother's Italian cookie recipes. His family, friends and neighbors will miss his delicious cookies. He was a fun-loving person and loved life. His family was extremely important to him.
Left to cherish his memory are a sister, Mary M. (Richard) Buchanan of Coudersport; eight nieces and nephews, Joseph N. (Susan) Marzo Jr. of Coudersport, John M. (JoAnn) Marzo of Williamsville, N.Y., Jerald L. (Susan) Marzo of Lafayette, N.Y., Mary L. (Darren) Wright of Cortland, N.Y., Thomas A. (Robin) Marzo of Owego, N.Y., Melanie S. Hunt of Sparta, N.J., Julie A. (Brian) McCusker of Coudersport and Christie (Erik) Keglovits of Coudersport; twenty-four grandnieces and grandnephews; ten great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews; and a sister-in-law, Julie M. Marzo of Owego, N.Y.
In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by a brother, Joseph N. Marzo Sr.; and a niece, Michele A. Evans.
Family and friends called on Saturday, April 17, in the gathering space of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport. A Mass of Christian of Burial was celebrated on Saturday in St. Eulalia Catholic Church with the Rev. James Campbell, pastor, as celebrant. Burial was in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery, Coudersport.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 East Maple St., Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor's choice
Jim's family entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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