George N. Marinucci, age 98, of Lewiston, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012 in the Odd Fellow & Rebekah Rehab and Health Facility in Lockport, after a brief illness.
George was born October 23, 1914 in Niagara Falls, NY, the son of the late Biagio and Nena (Pizzala) Marinucci. He attended local schools and went to work for his father in the cinder block business. George then went to work for Kimberly Clark in Niagara Falls and retired as a Foreman after 38 years. Always a gifted athlete, he won the John Hancock Tournament in Golf in 1938; was on the winning team of the Inter Dept. Softball at Kimberly Clark, won many league championships in bowling, and was inducted into the Niagara Falls Bowling Hall of Fame in 1984. George was a treasurer of the Kimberly Clark Athletic Association and an executive director of its Credit Union; president of the Niagara Falls Men's Bowling Assoc. numerous times; and was Director of the V.A.B.A. for many years. He coached the Junior Bowlers for over 30 years as well.
George was a communicant of St. Peter's RC Church in Lewiston, as well as an Usher there for over 30 years. He was a member of the Lewiston Volunteer Fire Co. #1 Fire Police and Exempt member as well, and a member and former president, vice president and treasurer of the Lewiston Senior Citizens. He was married to Kathleen "Kitty" O'Donnell for 62 years, who passed away in Oct. of 1999. He is survived by two daughters, Marie Karp of Carol Stream, IL and Francise Zawadzki of Stafford, TX; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and his longtime companion and caregiver, Karen Klingler. He was predeceased by a brother, Harold Marinucci; two sisters, Anne Buscaglia and Francise Towery. A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2013. There is no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Lewiston Volunteer Fire Co. #1 Ambulance Fund, 145 N. 6th St., P.O. Box 748, Lewiston, NY 14092. Arrangements have been entrusted to HARDISON FUNERAL HOME, N. Fourth & Ridge Sts., Lewiston.
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