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Domenic Mariano, 92, of Andover died Tuesday, February 6th at Lawrence General Hospital.
Domenic was born in Lawrence, MA on August 16, 1925 to the late Vincenzo and Marietta (Dappalonia) Mariano.
He attended Lawrence schools. At the age of 18, he was drafted into the Army during WWII where he served as a Light Weapons Machine Gunner for Company B of 46th Armored Infantry Regiment.
He was a decorated veteran earning five battle stars for the battles he fought in Normandy, Rhineland and Ardennes. He fought in one of WWII’s toughest fights in the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest in Germany where he was wounded. He received a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his bravery during that battle for carrying a fellow wounded soldier one and a half miles to safety while he was wounded himself.
He was featured in a documentary Battle of the Bulge filmed by Larry Cappetto and was included in the book The Heroes Among Us by Jack Mitchell about WWII. After the War, he returned to his family in Methuen.
He was employed by Grieco Brothers Clothing in Lawrence as a presser until his retirement.
Domenic was known to many as a determined, dedicated, kind and humble man who was committed to his family and his Catholic faith. In his spare time, Domenic enjoyed spending time with his family and his fellow Veterans, listening to classical music and painting houses. His favorite thing to do was to go on long road trips with his wife finding wonderful restaurants and attractions as they explored the United States, the Country he loved and fought for.
The widower of the late Mary (Tombarelli) Mariano, he is survived by his brother, John Mariano and his wife Rose of Methuen, and his sister-in-law, Anna Mariano, as well as several nieces and nephews. Domenic was predeceased by his step-son, John Tombarelli, as well as his siblings; brothers, Mario Mariano and his wife Lillian, Carl Mariano and his wife Mary, Robert Mariano and his sisters, Josephine Pellegrino and her husband James, Rose Patti and her husband Ray, and Florence Patti and her husband Angelo.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11 AM at the Dewhirst-Boles Funeral Home, 80 Broadway in Methuen. Family and friends may call prior to the service from 9-11 AM at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence.
In lieu of flowers please, memorial contributions may be made to Andover Veterans Services, 36 Bartlet Street, Andover, MA 01810.
For directions or to offer online condolences please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com