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Stephen Marcinko

December 9, 1921 — January 22, 2017

Stephen Louis Marcinko, 95, of Pensacola, FL, passed away on January 22, 2017, surrounded by his family. Stephen was born one of seven children in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, on December 9, 1921 to parents who had emigrated from Hungary through Ellis Island in the 1910s. At the age of 15, he was sent to a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the Western U.S. to plant trees and shrubs to assist his family financially after the untimely death of his father. In June 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps and served for four years during World War II. He was assigned to Ordnance School, became a Technician Fifth Grade, and taught ammunition use and safety at the Panama Canal Zone. In 1945, he met the beautiful Lillian Rivello and was in love at first glance. They married on March 13, 1946, and welcomed their first child, Lucille (“Goldie”), a year later. Their son, Stephen, was born in 1951. He worked at the Raritan Arsenal as a supervisor and was responsible for the oversight of railroad cargo throughout the United States. He retired from that position in 1970. He then worked security for Pathmark until 1974 when he retired for good. Following their family in 1975, Stephen and Lillian moved south and purchased a home in Gulf Breeze. He and Lillian loved the beach and long Sunday drives down Hwy. 98, often taking their grandchildren with them. His greatest loss occurred on December 14, 1984, when he lost his wife to cancer. Stephen filled his time by walking Cordova Mall, enjoying a donut, cup of coffee, and conversation at Krispy Kreme or Waffle House, and by going to the movies. During those years, he enjoyed the companionship of Simone Kasser, a widow he met while visiting his wife’s grave. He also spent time with his two children, seven grand-children, and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was generous with his time, his wisdom, his encouragement, and his love. He spent the last few years of his life at Sabal House, where he continued to enjoy frequent, faithful visits from his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian and his long-time companion Simone Kasser. He is survived by his daughter Lucille Inacio, and his son Stephen Marcinko (Sue); His seven grandchildren: Jenny Inacio Everett (Ross), Natalie Inacio Lackey (Kevin), Paul Inacio (Laura), Tim Inacio (Mary), Janelle Inacio Seabrook (Nick), Tracey Marcinko, and Lisa Marcinko; and thirteen great-grandchildren. The funeral is scheduled for Friday, January 27 at 3:00 PM at Rose Lawn Funeral Home in Gulf Breeze. Visitation will be at 2:00 PM. The family would like to thank the staff of Sabal House and Regency Hospice for their care of its beloved patriarch.

Visitation


Visitation

Rose Lawn Funeral Home
2942 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL  32563
Friday, January 27, 2017
2:00 PM

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Funeral Service

Rose Lawn Funeral Home
2942 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL  32563
Friday, January 27, 2017
3:00 PM

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