Johnson Funeral Home

2685 Henderson Dr, Jacksonville, NC


Mario LaBella

May 10, 1936October 12, 2019

Mario Louis LaBella (Moe), 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at his residence in Jacksonville, NC.

Moe was born on May 10, 1936 in Trenton, NJ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrea and Maria LaBella; brothers, Leon and Chester; and sisters, Molly and Jean.

Moe is survived by his wife, Sandra; son, Mario; daughter-in-law, Kelly; brother-in-law, Dr. Gary Berman; grandson, Alexander LaBella; grandson, Zachary LaBella; grandson, Michael Mondello and fiancé Nicole Hodges with soon to be great-granddaughter, McKenna; grandson, CJ Mondello and fiancé Tricia Heath-Purcell with great-grandchildren Lincoln, Adriana, Brooklyn, and Isabella; granddaughter Samantha Burris and husband, Paul Burris with great-grandchildren Makayla, Paul Jr., Brianna, and Damian; grand-puppy, Macy Mae; and numerous loving nieces and nephews. He is also survived by many friends and associates made throughout his musical career.

Moe retired from Princeton Post Office and the 63rd Army Band. He was a trumpet player for over 70 years. He loved the 7cBach. Moe was an amazing singer, but he would disagree. The humblest musician, a lost trait in today’s music.

He was the truest lifelong Yankee fan, except when they were losing. Loved every team that beat the Red Sox.

His son Mario shares these thoughts, “I not only lost my Father I lost my hero, my best friend, and huge part of my heart. He taught me to treat others as I liked to be treated. He taught me to be myself and never to be anything I am not. The love that mom and pop have will never be matched and admired by everyone who met them. The wedding vows they spoke 55 years ago they lived every day”

His wife Sandra shares, “Speaking from My Heart, Moe was/is My Best Friend/Soulmate for over 50 plus years. Once again, Our Hearts Are Broken, but we know how much he endured since February. We were always by his side. He was a trooper and never complained. A wonderful quote someone passed onto me is “Do Not Cry Because I Passed But Smile That I Lived” You will always be In Our Hearts. Love You Sweetie…”


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Mario LaBella

November 3, 2019

Pops just wanted to say I love you. Miss you every second of the day. We are moving on the best we can and I find happiness knowing you are with us every step of the way. I love you Pop and Yankees will win it all next year.

Sandra LaBella

November 2, 2019

What Wonderful Memories. Pictures, Stories We Share with Our Beautiful Family. I hoped and prayed for a miracle. My Love, but God had other plans for you. You Endured so much and Never Complained. It was so hard to let you go, but I know you are in God's Loving Arms, along with Our Lisa and Heavenly Family. You leave behind a Legacy that will live on FOREVER in Our Hearts, Mind and Soul....Love and Miss You So Much, Sandy

Linda Whitehouse

October 20, 2019

I got to finally meet moe and sandy last year. We had always talked on the phone and video chat. When we did meet they treated me with opened arms and we were an instant family. I only got to see moe for eight months but it was like we knew each other all our lives. My heart goes out to sandy , mar, Kelly and the rest of the family. I love you all. Rest. In peace moe .

Steve Kaplan

October 19, 2019

Mario was humble man with a great sense of humor. I was fortunate to perform with him in five or six bands, including one he led for ballroom music. He was a fine trumpeter with a heart of gold, and I admire the way he adored Sandy and the rest of his family. I'll miss Mario...even though I am a Red Sox fan. Hoping he is smiling from heaven as he watches the Yankees challenge the Astros. Rest in peace, Mario.

Sandra LaBella

October 19, 2019

Speaking from My Heart... Moe was such a gentle, kind, loving, sweet man. Loved his family, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. . They will know their PopPop from all of us. Moe was a great trumpet player. So glad I got to enjoy many of his playing jobs/gigs. Many good friends and friendships that have lasted over many years. Moe was not much of a talker, but when he had something to say, he was spot on. Moe will be missed dearly by all of us. He will FOREVER be in my heart and soul. To The Love Of My Life, I LOVE YOU, MISS YOU SO MUCH...You are God's Loving Arms Now....Your Loving Wife

Jim Harkel

October 19, 2019

So sorry to hear of Moe's passing.I had the pleasure of sitting next to him in the trumpet section and was always in awe of his ability.And.he was a gentleman and just a great guy.One could not help but like him the first time you met.Whenever Mary Ann and I were on our way to the Broad Street Diner we wondered if Moe and Sandy were there,We always enjoyed seeing them. Two finer people you could not meet.Moe will never be forgotten by the music community in the Trenton area.

Patrick Riordan

October 19, 2019

Sorry to hear of Mr. LaBella’s passing. I didn’t know him personally, but have been friends with his son Mario for many years . I’ve watched Mario and Kelly raise their family through the years, and am sure they made him proud in so many ways! Sending prayers of comfort, and my deepest condolences to the family.

Tom Passerella

October 17, 2019

Met Moe in my teen years but lost touch with him until about 10 years ago when a group of us began to meet weekly for coffee. A quiet introspective wonderful man and I always enjoyed his engaging conversations. Never one to stir the pot but could always be counted on to quietly make a informed and meaningful comment. I particularly enjoyed when he would laugh out loud at something I would do or say. A gentleman always. He will be missed by many.

Bill Forrester

October 16, 2019

I was fortunate to play in Lenny Enorato's band when Moe was our lead trumpet player. He was a great musician and a wonderful bandmate. After I moved from Trenton to upstate New York, I did not see Moe for about 50 years. When I moved back closer to Trenton, I always looked forward to getting together with Moe and other alumni of Lenny's band for lunch. He was always interested in hearing what I'd been up to and how my family was doing. He was a true gentleman, and I will miss him.