Mario E. Paolino, “King Mario” 99, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, in Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, NJ.
Born in Kearny, NJ, Mario was a lifelong resident.
Mr. Paolino served in the United States Army from 1943 until 1946.
He was employed by the Kearny Board of Education as a Custodian for over twenty-six years before retiring in 2010.
In 1989, Mr. Paolino was inducted into the Kearny High School Athletic Hall of Fame for baseball.
He was a member of the Wilson Gugelman Post 1302, V.F.W., the Joseph E. Frobisher Post 99, American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Eagles all of Kearny.
He is survived by his beloved friend and caretaker, Denise Pavolic and her son, Frank Pavolic. Mario also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Mario was predeceased by his parents, Luigi and Rosina (nee Minelli) Paolino, siblings, Irene Scherzo, Arthur, Anthony, Albert and Raymond Paolino.
He is now home in Heaven with his entire family and his beloved dog “Pal”
Funeral services were held privately on Friday, December 30, 2022, under the direction of the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, Kearny. Interment took place at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ.