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Mario M. Cherry

April 30, 1921 October 30, 2020
Mario M. Cherry
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Mario M. Cherry, 99, of Pottsville passed away on October 30, 2020 in Pottsville.

Born on April 30, 1921 in Darkwater, New Castle Township, Mario was a son of the late Carmen (Spina) and Ralph Cherry.

He attended St. Clair School and is a graduate of Motor Maintenance School, Fort Benning, GA, where he attended while in the service.

Mario was a member of St. Patrick’s Church.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a Sgt T/4 in World War II with the 104-inf Divison (Timberwolf) from Dec. 1, 1942-Dec. 1, 1945. He was awarded the following medals: Victory Good Conduct, Combat Inf, Sharp Shooter, African Eastern Compaign, Distinguished Unit Citation, Bronze Star with 1 star, and Occupation Medal. He also drove trucks on the Red Ball Route hauling supplies to the front lines.

Mario was a lifetime member of VFW Post #129, Pottsville.

He worked at Repplier Coal Co., Alcoa, Detroit Mobil Homes, and retired as a foreman in shipping and receiving at Jones & Hunt Inc.

In addition to his parents, Mario was preceded in death by his wife, Irene (Matsko) Cherry in 1991, a daughter, Denise in 1956, a son, Anthony D. (Tony) Cherry in 1966, and also brothers: Anthony A. Cherry, who was killed in action in World War II; Salvador, Alphonsus and Ralph Cherry Jr. He was the last surviving member of his family.
Mario is survived by several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass with military honors will be held on Friday, June 25th, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick R.C.C., 319 Mahantongo St., Pottsville.

Interment was previously held in Calvary Cemetery.

The family request contributions in Mario's memory be sent to: Nativity BVM High School Band, Lawton Hill, Pottsville, PA 17901, in memory of Anthony D. Cherry, class of 1965, as requested by father, Mario Cherry and St. Patrick R.C.C., Memorial Fund, 319 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, PA 17901.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home | Pottsville, PA
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