LAWRENCE J. ”LARRY” MARINELLI, SR. 73 of 202-4th Avenue, Bellaire, Ohio, died Monday January 21, 2002 in Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
He was born in Bellaire on May 29, 1928, a son of the late Silvio and Amalia DiNardo Marinelli.
Larry was a Catholic by faith; a retired school teacher with over thirty years in the Bellaire Public School District and retiring as Principal at the Neffs Elementary School. He was Teacher of the Year in 1989. He also served the City of Bellaire in many capacities, as a former patrolman with the Bellaire Police Department, former City Councilman, former City Auditor and former City Planner. He served as a member of the Bellaire City School Board. Larry was a 1946 graduate of Bellaire High School; in 1958 he graduated from West Liberty State College. He attended the Ohio State University and the College of Steubenville. He received his Masters Degree in Education from Dayton University.
Mr. Marinelli was a member of the Sons of Italy Lodge 754, Bellaire; Ionic Lodge 438 F&AM, Bellaire; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Steubenville; Osiris Shrine of Wheeling; Bellaire Elks BPOE 419; the Ohio Retired Teachers Association and the Belmont County Retired Teachers Association. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Marinelli.
Surviving are his wife of thirty-nine years, Mary Margaret Ramsay Marinelli; two sons, Lawrence John Marinelli, Jr. and his wife Donna of Akron, Ohio; and Robert Marinelli and his wife Deborah of Akron, Ohio; two daughters, Jan Lynn Roberto and her husband Carmen of Green, Ohio; and Monica Swank and her husband Kevin of Lewis Center Columbus, Ohio. Also five grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home, 441-37th Street, Bellaire on Wednesday from 6-8 PM and Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 PM, where services will be held on Friday at 11 AM with the Reverend Thomas L. Jones officiating. Interment in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
Sons of Italy Lodge 754 will conduct services at the funeral home on Wednesday at 7 PM. Ionic Lodge 438 F&AM will conduct services on Thursday at 7:30 PM.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence J. Marinelli Academic Scholarship Fund in care of the Belmont Savings Bank, 3301 Guernsey Street, Bellaire, Ohio 43906.