Sam Marinello, a World War II veteran and retired chemical operator, died Sunday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a long illness. He was 86.
Born in Niagara Falls, Mr. Marinello attended local schools. He married Angela M. Bruno on April 26, 1941.
He served in the Army during World War II, rising to the rank of corporal with the Tank Division. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and was stationed in England, Germany and France.
Mr. Marinello was employed as a chemical operator by Oldbury, later known as Hooker Chemicals & Plastics Corp., for 40 years until he retired in July 1980.
He then worked as a baker at DiCamillo's Bakery in Niagara Falls for 15 years.
Mr. Marinello was a longtime member of the Embassy Club and was honored in the 1980s by the Niagara Falls Old Timers Sports Hall of Fame for his dedicated service.
In addition to his wife of 64 years, survivors include two sons, Carmen of Playa del Rey, Calif., and Sam of Niagara Falls, and three granddaughters.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. Joseph Catholic Church after prayers in M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel. Entombment was in St. Joseph Cemetery.