Mario J. Monaco, age 93 of Voorhees, passed away at Samaritan Inpatient Hospice in Mt. Holly.
Mario was born at home in South Philadelphia to Donato and Rose (Consalvi) Monaco, where he spent his formative years until moving to the Chews Landing section of Gloucester Twp. New Jersey. Mario enjoyed retirement at the Villages in FL for over 14 years with his wife Jayne, until they returned to Voorhees in November 2023 to be closer to their families.
Mario went to Southern High School for Boys in Philadelphia where he was an accomplished member of the fencing team and graduated high school early at the age of 16 in January 1947. Upon graduation, Mario worked as a milkman for the Abbott’s Dairies in Philadelphia and then as a motorman for the Philadelphia Transportation Co (PTC). Always wanting to better himself, Mario sought additional educational opportunities at Temple University which led him to work as a draftsman for Westinghouse in Lester Pa. His children fondly recall how proud their father was of his job when they were able to visit the nuclear plant where he worked.
While living in Gloucester Twp, Mario played an active role in the community where he worked for a limited time as a Special Police Officer with the Gloucester Twp. Police Dept. When his children were young, he coached with the Gloucester Twp Little League and became a part of the League’s leadership. Mario also served on the Black Horse Pike Regional School District Board of Education and spent several years on the Township’s Zoning Board. Mario continued his public service as a member of the Gloucester Twp. Democratic Club. Before retiring, he spent his final years as the Director of the Gloucester Twp. MUA where he worked alongside one of his daughters, Barbara.
Upon retirement, Mario became an avid golfer, often enjoying playing the links with his son John, and was extremely proud of his hole-in-one that occurred in the Villages during January 2017. While living in the Villages, Mario and Jayne were often seen driving around in their golf carts to see friends, golf, and play cards.
Mario was predeceased by his first wife, Marie of 40 years, and leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 24 years, Jayne (nee Beasley) Monaco. He was the loving father of Patricia (David) Patterson, Barbara (Donald)Iddenden, and John M. (Theresa) Monaco. Mario is also survived by his step-children, Samantha (David) West and Guy (Jackie) Redmer. Mario was the proud grandfather of 9, great-grandfather of 16, and step-grandfather of 4. Mario was predeceased by his siblings: sister Marie Cortese and brothers Daniel and Anthony Monaco. Mario will fondly be remembered by his many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Relatives, friends, and neighbors are invited to gather with the Monaco Family. We’ll come together in tribute and in thanksgiving on Friday morning between 10:00 am and 11:00 am at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 201 Warwick Rd. Magnolia, NJ08049 where Pastor Kitz will celebrate a memorial ceremony at 11:00 am.
As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, contributions are strongly encouraged to be made to the Church at the above address or to a charity of the donor's choosing.
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