Mario L. Roke
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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Thanks to all our friends and relatives for your kind words and prayers. Our Dad was a very special man. He inspired us to take chances and to follow our hearts. He supported us in our quests, picked us up when we failed and encouraged us to keep moving forward. We know deep in our hearts and souls that he is with Mom and Lisa!
Phil & Theresa Roke
May 2, 2017
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998
Mark & Debbie
April 17, 2017
Uncle Mario, I have such fond childhood memories when you and Uncle Vic would visit Mom and our family or when we wold visit family in Glen Lyon. You will always be part of our hearts. To my cousins Phil, Mark, and all their families: my sincerest condolences. Uncle Mario was an exceptional person. I know all of us will miss him.
Diana Papili
April 15, 2017
Mark, Phil and family, you Dad was a great man, from the greatest generation of men, just like my Dad. They both served in WWII (U.S. Army). I had the opportunity to chat with him a few years ago. I still have fond memories of him from our childhood. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
Nathan & Elsie Buydos
April 12, 2017
So sorry for your lost
Peg Rinker
April 11, 2017
Mark, Debbie and family , sorry for your loss . I never met Mario, but remember Debbie,s parents spoke highly of him. he's at rest now .
Joyce & John Poltz
April 10, 2017
Mario was our neighbor & friend to my dad & mother and that made a huge difference in their quality of life for that I am eternally grateful. Marilyn & I loved stopping by on our way to Maine or on our back to Texas. He, his wife and daughter were always a pleasure to see again, then there was just him, still it was great seeing him & talking with him. May GOD smile on his soul.
Lawrence Kray
April 10, 2017