John H. Marasco of the Town of Niagara, a World War II veteran and a longtime environmental engineer with Hooker Chemical Co. here, died Wednesday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a brief illness. He was 80.
Mr. Marasco was born in Johnsonburg, Pa., where he attended local schools, graduating from Johnsonburg High School. His education at the University of Pittsburgh was interrupted by World War II He served in the Army in Europe as a radio operator and later as an aerial gunner on a B-17 bomber from 1942 until the end of the war.
Stateside, he continued his university education, earning a degree in environmental engineering. He was employed by Hooker for 41 years before retiring in 1987. While at Hooker, he also worked in the family business, Marasco Meats & Groceries in Niagara Falls.
Mr. Marasco pitched for Hooker's softball team in the Industrial League. The team won several titles, and in 2000, he was inducted into the Niagara Falls Old-Timers Sports Hall of Fame.
He was a longtime member of St. Leo's Catholic Church in the Town of Niagara. He also was a member of the Catholic War Veterans; Cataract Lodge 240, Italian Sons and Daughters of America; Council 247, Knights of Columbus; and the Town of Niagara Lions Club.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Theresa Filippelli Marasco; two sons, John T. of Boston, Mass., and Ronald P. of Greer, Ariz.; a brother, Richard of Niagara Falls; and a sister, Geraldine Bailor of Williamsville.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Leo's Church, 2748 Military Road, Town of Niagara. Entombment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.