Mario Mesa Obituary
 
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Mario John Mesa Jr.

August 3, 1923 - August 14, 2011
Obituary

Mario John Mesa, Jr., 88 of Orlando, Florida passed away Sunday, August 14, 2011. He was born August 3, 1923, the son of the late Mario John and Adela Mesa, Sr., in Key West, Florida, and was the oldest of 9 children. In 1941 at the age of 17, he joined the United States Navy. He served in the Navy during World War II and was part of the invasion at Normandy on June 6, 1944 as a member of the Sixth Beach Battalion. He was Honorably Discharged from active duty with the Navy in November of 1945. In July of 1950, he joined the United States Naval Reserves and proudly served his country as a member of the Reserves for 33 years, retiring on...
Mario John Mesa, Jr., 88 of Orlando, Florida passed away Sunday, August 14, 2011. He was born August 3, 1923, the son of the late Mario John and Adela Mesa, Sr., in Key West, Florida, and was the oldest of 9 children. In 1941 at the
age of 17, he joined the United States Navy. He served in the Navy during World War II and was part of the invasion at Normandy on June 6, 1944 as a member of the Sixth Beach Battalion. He was Honorably Discharged from active duty with the Navy in November of 1945. In July of 1950, he joined the United States Naval Reserves and proudly served his country as a member of the Reserves for 33 years, retiring on July 16, 1983. Mario's work career spanned many different fields. He has been a surveyor for the City of Orlando, a mechanic at Lepere Pontiac, the owner of a gas station, a fleet supervisor/mechanic at National Linen Service and a Flight Simulator Technician Engineer at Simcom. Mario finally retired from the "working world" in 2001. Mario was a member of the Delbert Black 117 Fleet Reserve Association for over 25 years, and the Knights of Columbus. In his off time, Mario enjoyed flying, gardening, fishing, wood working, photography and of course, spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and faithfully served the Church over 50 years as an usher. Mario had a generous heart and was always willing to help out a family member or friend in need. He was preceded in death by brothers, Albert and Paul; sisters, Nora and Anita. Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Myra Glenette Mesa; daughters, Lisa Kay Mesa, Laurie Roseann Mesa (John Deep); Lana Jean Mesa Cullum (Bill Woods); grandchildren, Kirstyn Cullum, Glenn Deep and Katelyn Cullum; sisters, Geri Zwiefel and Sandra (David) Mitchell; brothers, John (JoLynn) Mesa and Ralph (Martha) Mesa as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held 5 – 7 P.M., Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at Carey-Hand Colonial Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 A.M., Thursday, August 18, 2011 at St. James Cathedral. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to Carey-Hand Colonial Funeral Home. (407) 898-2561.

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