Mario Ceresa

September 22, 1923March 11, 2014

Mario, 90, a life-long resident of Sacramento passed away March 11, 2014 with his family by his side. To all who knew him, Mario will be remembered for his warm, neighborly demeanor, his love for his family, and a champion for those less fortunate. Mario joins his family in heaven - his wife Floradelle, his father Giovanni, his mother Guilia, and his brother Louie. He will be missed dearly by his wife Shirley, sister Angela Haskins, daughters Diane Pennisi (Andy) and Linda Manuel (Paul, deceased), his grandchildren John Pennisi (Tiffané) and Jennifer Manuel, and his great-grandson Angelo Pennisi. Born at home on September 22, 1923 in Sacramento, Mario graduated from Sac High in June 1941, where he was quite the track star. In May 1942, he married his high-school sweetheart, Floradelle Hill, whom he loved devotedly for 44 years.

Mario served proudly in the U.S. Army, and after his discharge he returned to his native Sacramento where daughter Diane was born in 1945. Together with his father and friends, he built his current home in East Sacramento, where his daughter Linda was born in 1951. Mario worked at McClellan Field for over 25 years, starting as an Administrative Officer and eventually leading the branch he founded. Mario was a life member of BPOE #6 and Eagles #9, president of St. Mary's Social Club, member of the Dante Club Board of Directors, and 20 gallon donor at the Sacramento Blood Bank. Mario considered himself to be doubly-blessed in this life: through a mutual friend, Mario met Shirley Johnson Rose in 1991. Their love for one another was undeniable, and after dating for 18 months they wed in November 1994 and shared nearly 20 happy years together.

Memorial service to be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1333 58th Street on Saturday, March 15 at 11am with private inurnment to follow. The family invites all to gather at Newman Center after the memorial, 5900 Newman Court. In addition, a celebration of Mario's life will be held at First Christian Church, 3901 Folsom Blvd on April 12 at 2pm. Mario would want us to continue his advocacy for those less fortunate; in lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to Loaves & Fishes or the charity of your choice .

Arrangements under the direction of Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home, Sacramento, CA.


  • Funeral Mass Saturday, March 15, 2014

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Patti {Pesce}Kafati

March 16, 2014

With my Deepest Sympathy to a Wonderful Dad, Grandpa, Father in law, neighbor, etc. All my Love to your families~At least we know the "OLD CROONERS" all the Italians are all celebrating!!! L,Patti Pesce

Deb Zarka

March 15, 2014

Although I did not have the privilege to meet your father, by knowing both you and John, it is that living proof that his spirit will continue to live on through you. My heartfelt condolences to you

Rane' Davis

March 15, 2014

Grandpa Mario was a real treasure! I loved seeing the joy and twinkle in his eye when he stood next to John, his grandson, as his best man at his wedding. I loved seeing the joy of holding Angelo, his great grandson and will treasure the picture I took. Grandpa Mario blessed me with his kindness, his joy and his abundant love for others. He always made me feel welcome and part of the family. Thank you John,Tiffane' and Jenn for sharing your wonderful grandpa with me :)

Carol & Hank Razzano

March 15, 2014

Dear Diane and Linda and family,

Dear Diane, Linda and family, please find comfort in knowing your Dad had a wonderful life. He was a man among all men. I will cherrish the times we had together during all the parties you had given.He was kind,gentle and loving. My prayers are with you and family.

Christine Vella

March 15, 2014

Mario always made you feel like part of his wonderful family.. He will be greatly missed. Love & prayers to the family..

Pat and Judy O'Neal

March 15, 2014

When we lose someone we love so much, it hurts so bad. But in days and weeks to come when it does get less painful, you can think of him and smile. If each of us can go with the knowledge that someone is thinking of us and smiling, what more is there? He lived a good life, was generous and kind and loved his girls so much. We are lucky to have known him and we also know that much of him is still here in the smiles and laughter of his family.

Rich Lane

March 15, 2014

So blessed to have spent some treasured time with Mario and the Pennisi family on numerous holidays. I am grateful for the incredible family man Mario was and his amazing legacy he leaves behind. Godspeed.

Teresa Laine

March 14, 2014

Diane, Linda, John and family...may God give you peace, comfort and strength during this difficult time. Just know that you are all loved very much. Your Father will always be a huge part of you and will always be with you. Thinking and praying for all of you with much love.

Gary Zilaff

March 14, 2014

Nothing is as important as a life well-lived. Mario did that. My heartfelt condolences to Diane, Linda, and their families on their loss. Thoughts and prayers always for his eternal memory.

Lori Davidson

March 14, 2014

Diane and Linda, I remember Mario's smile and charming personality. What a great man! Prayers for you and your family! Much love to you!!