FRANK MARINO, a 63-year resident of Southern California (Santa Monica and Torrance), passed away on Friday, December 11, 2009, in Torrance. Born in Calabria, Italy, Frank was 98 when he died. He was brought to America by his father when he was five years old and lived in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, until early adulthood when he moved to California. He was a member of St. Anne's Church in Santa Monica and Mount Saint Peter's in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. Frank completed high school and some college at Carnegie Tech in Pennsylvania where he studied drafting. During the Depression he worked with the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). Professionally he was proud to work as a precision machinist. He was also a bartender in the Los Angeles area ballrooms popular during their day, such as the Aragon and with Lawrence Welk. His various hobbies included playing golf (he played with Jackie Robinson before Mr. Robinson became famous as a baseball player), reading westerns, woodworking, cooking, and gardening. Frank was passionate about good food, especially Italian, and good music. He loved Big Band, Jazz, and Dixieland. He was devoted to family, especially his wife, daughter and her children. He was generous, compassionate, hard-working, and good-humored. He will be forever missed. Frank is survived by daughter, Frances M. Petrilla of Torrance, CA; brother, Albert Marino of Cape Coral, FL; granddaughter, Christine Ivison of Garden Grove, CA and her husband; granddaughter, Teresa A. Petrilla of Martinez, CA; great grandsons Patrick and David Ivison of Garden Grove, CA; and numerous nephews and nieces in California, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, Maria and Nicola Marino, and his wife of 49 years, Aida (Orlando) Marino. A Vigil Service will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Monday, December 21, 2009 at 10:30 A.M. A Reception will follow at Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room until 1:00 P.M. The graveside service will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery at 1:45 P.M. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or to the Music Department at your local middle school or high school. Please use this website to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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