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Mario Ralph Campese
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Mr. Mario Ralph Campese, entered into rest, on January 29, 2008, he was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his passing.

Mario (Dee) was born in Utica, NY, November 1, 1923, the son of the late Raffaele and Carmella Pelaia Campese. He was educated locally and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942. He proudly served in Europe during World War II and participated in the D-Day Invasion.

In 1955, he was joined in marriage to Anna M. Perry, together they raised five children during forty years of marriage. They enjoyed weekend camping at Kayuta Lake with the family. Dee was a great mentor during his life to his children and grandchildren. He was a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 26 at Albany School for several years. Mario enjoyed picking wild mushrooms; walks with his dog, Belle; and doing home improvement projects.He was a self-sacrificing and generous man, always available to his family.

Mario was employed for 43 years at Oneida Limited Silversmiths. In later years, he was a favorite at the Utica Elks Lodge, where he tended bar for seven years during his retirement. His friendships and relationships made there were always important to him.

Mario is survived by his children, Amelia Rizzo of New York Mills, Salvatore Rizzo and wife, Kristen of Baldwinsville, Mark Campese and wife, Heather of Apollo Beach, FL, Annette Campese of Utica, Frank Campese and wife, Christine of Frankfort, and Marie Atkins of Canada and ?daughter? Ginny Pry. ?Dee? shared a special bond with his grandsons, Michael and David Rizzo. Surviving grandchildren include: Julie Rizzo Jackson, Jeff Rizzo, Brian Rizzo, Melissa Campese, Madison Campese, Christian Campese, and Kaitlyn Anna Campese; and eight great granddaughters. Also surviving are his sisters, Stella Pallaria and Rita Cirasuolo. He was predeceased by his wife, Anna in 1995, also siblings Rosina, Carmelita, Frank and Joe. His funeral will be held on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at The Matt Funeral Home and 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call on Friday from 5-8 p.m. at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., corner of Mohawk St., Utica. Ritualistic services by Utica Post 229 at 6:30 p.m. and BPO Elks #33 at 7:30 p.m.

In memory of Mario?s love for his canine companion, Belle, please consider a donation to the Stevens-Swan Humane society.

One of Mario?s final wishes was for all family and friends to gather in celebration of his life. This will take place at the Utica Elks Lodge following the interment, from 12:30-3:30 at Utica Elks Lodge, Champlin Ave.

For directions to the funeral home, click the link above.
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Frank and Christine, We are so sorry to hear of Mario's passing. Bill had a very nice visit with him before we left for FL. He said he was "full of it" that day. He was always so much fun and such a gentleman. We know how much you will miss him.

Written by Bill and Dena Raymer
2008-01-31 2:22:30 PM

Frank, So sorry to hear about your loss, Dorothy and My prayers are with you and your family.

Written by Ron & Dorothy Major
2008-01-31 7:14:14 PM

I love you, my old crocodile. -Nett

Written by Annette Campese
2008-01-31 8:31:33 PM

Sal & Kris, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. God Bless "DEE".

Written by Merchants Softball
2008-01-31 9:31:08 PM

Annette, I'm very sorry for your loss. My and the team's thoughts are with you and your family. Let us know if you need anything.

Written by Katie Byrd-Wright
2008-01-31 9:59:16 PM

Sal & Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep your Dad, and all of you in my prayers.

Written by Dick Weber
2008-02-01 10:39:21 AM

To the family.. The kids and I wish we could be there with you. We were devastated to hear about Dee, the loss is great, he was a sweetheart. Know he is in a better place, free of all the binds that kept him down the last few months. Let's rejoice that he is free!

Written by Heather, Madison and Christian Campese
2008-02-01 10:50:00 AM

Mario, the time getting to know you was too short but the memories will always remain sweet. You have a special place in my heart.Love your daughter Marie

Written by Marie Atkins
2008-02-01 10:51:41 AM


2008-02-01 11:20:05 PM

To the Campese Family, My husband Wayne and I send our most sincere sympathy in the loss of Mario. He was a great guy. We spent time with him at the Moose Lodge and at the American Legion in New Hartford. I offered my morning mass for the repose of his soul - may he rest in peace and may the Lord bring all of you comfort. Mary Hosey

Written by Mary Hosey
2008-02-01 12:27:48 PM

Sal&Kris, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Dad was from the Greatest Generation ever. I am so sorry for your loss. Sharon Jackson

Written by Sharon Jackson
2008-02-01 1:11:53 PM

Sal and Kris.... Myself and the Shark Sports team want to express our deepest sympathy over your loss of your loved one.

Written by Chuck Sharkey
2008-02-01 8:23:25 AM

Aunt Rita and family, We are sorry to hear of the loss of your brother, and at an already difficult time. With deepest regret, Mary (Dorothy and Bill's daughter)

Written by Mary and Larry (Ouimette) Kinney
2008-02-06 10:22:04 PM