Samuel J. Marino Sr.
Rabenhorst Funeral Homes East
11000 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA
Mr. Marino was a native and resident of Baton Rouge, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving Children on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the age of 90. He was a legendary man with a personality larger than life. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who will be sorely missed. It was an honor to call you Dad! He was an outstanding role model for his children and all those that knew him He never met a stranger and his smile and humor lit up the room! He was a United States Navy veteran of WWII, a retired grocer, and cofounder of Marino Brothers Grocery, which he owned and operated for 47 years before retiring in 1992. He was also a member of Associated Grocers, Inc. for 40 years and he served on the Board as well as being Chairman of the Board for many terms. He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4030. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, and served as Usher at the 4:00pm Mass. He was a member of the Grandsons of Italy and the American Italian Society. He was a member of American Legion Post 38. He also served on the Board of Directors of Reeve's Supermarket, and was a member of the Cavaliers Society. He is survived by his 6 children and their spouses: Mary Margaret Marino, Lawrence R. Marino and wife Paulette, Theresa M. Davenport and husband Michael, Samuel J. Marino, Jr. and wife Paula, Rose M. Westmoreland and husband Britt, and Gina M. Cox and husband Cordell; his 6 grandchildren and their spouses: Samuel J. ""Trey"" Marino III and wife Aimee, Lauren Kay and husband Shiraz, Jessica D. Miller and husband Jeffrey, Megan W. Copsey and husband Shawn, Kristen M. Yoho and husband Ryan, and Christina M. Cox; and his 8 great-grandchildren: Karrigan, Cross Joseph, Bradley, Catherine, Damon, Aubyn, Jett, and Ryan. He is also survived by his only sister Lena Mae Polite, who never missed a day without visiting him and loved him through his illness. He also survived by his longtime friend, Alice Parrino. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 ½ years, Mary M. Marino; his parents, Lawrence and Mary Marino; and his brother, Joseph M. Marino. Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd, on Monday, March 6, 2017, from 5pm until 8pm. Visiting will resume at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 12424 Brogdon Lane, on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, from 1:30pm until Mass of Christian Burial at 3pm, celebrated by Rev. Matt Dupre. Interment will follow at Greenoaks Memorial Park. Serving as Pallbearers will be Russell Marino, Ryan C. Yoho, Shawn R. Copsey, Jeffrey A. Miller, Thomas Mackey, and Joe Salpietra, Jr. Honorary Pallbearers are Samuel J. ""Trey"" Marino III, Lawrence ""Sonny"" Marino, Don Blue, David Hodgeson, Greg Smith, Mayor Kip Holden, Bradley Michael Kay, Ronald Salpietra, Donald Salpietra, Steve Lastrapes, Anthony Giroir, Joe Michael Marino, James Kent, Ronnie Whiddon, Thomas Marino, John Marino, members of the Board of Directors of Reeve's Supermarket, and ushers at the 4:00pm Vigil Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Special Thanks are expressed to the staff at Notre Dame Hospice, namely Camille, Garnett, Suzie, Jill, Lucreta and Chaplain Tom; Father Matt Dupree and Deacon Pete Walsh, the caregivers of Crystal Rose: Fannie, Barbara and Ashley; the Boys in Blue from District 1 (through the '80s and '90s); Dr. Gerald Barber; and Dr. Mary Raven. He is now reunited in Heaven with his Loving Wife! If you are considering sending flowers, which he loved, please consider calling his Grandson's Florist, Trey Marino's Central Florist.
Published by The Advocate from Mar. 2 to Mar. 7, 2017.
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It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
Pamela Mire
March 10, 2017
Keepiing the Marino family in my thoughts and prayers as you lay your dear father to rest.
Lisa Pirello Hingle
March 8, 2017
God's blessings and comfort to all of my cousins as you mourn the loss of one of the greatest men on earth.
I will cherish the memories of my childhood and coming to visit you guys at the store and home.
Nanny and Paran were two of the greatest people I have known in my lifetime and I know you all will miss them forever.
May God comfort you all in the grieving days ahead.

Sending my love to you all,
Dootsie Pie....the one that got sent back, LOL
Lucille Matte
March 7, 2017
Sam, Paula & Family,

Please accept Our heartfelt condolences in the loss of Your Dad...
Alan & Vickie McBride
March 7, 2017
To Mary Margaret and the Marino family. I was deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Sam's passing. I had the opportunity to have lunch with him a few years ago to thank him for how he sowed into my life. Mr. Sam and Mrs. Mary Marino treated me like a son. I hope your memories will help to soften these difficult days and bring you smiles along with the tears. My heart goes out to you. Mr. Sam will truly be missed.
Curtis Alvin Lee
March 7, 2017
Mary Margaret and Lawrence, so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Candy Norton
March 7, 2017
Nonc Sam, We'll miss your greetings at St. Patrick's 4:pm Mass. You always made a point to kiss us when we walked through the doors. (I know you did that for everyone, and that was your grace of making everyone feel welcome.) And thank you for being a friend to my parents. Dad always looked forward to seeing you there. May God bless your soul and carry your family during this difficult time.
Kathy Henson, Lee Guidry
March 7, 2017
Theresa and family, your daddy was something else. Such a kidder with a personality bigger than he was. I never greeted him without a smile and a warm, fun welcome hug. All of you kids took such wonderful care of your parents, you gave back to them all they gave to each of you. I know the hurt of letting go but I also know the joy of the loved ones on the other side reuniting with him. Smile through your tears, he is home now, God Blessed Him tremendously on earth and God is loving him with open arms now. Love you.
wava wray
March 6, 2017
I am so thankful to have been a part of the Marino Family. I have great memories of our growing up together. I love my Paran and I knew he always loved me! He is with Nanan now and they are watching over us until we meet again in Heaven.
March 6, 2017
Thks for everything Mr Sam u were great 2 us as a poor black family we could count on u when we had nothing we knew were we could go 2marinos grocery thks R. I. P.
Leon Clipps jr
March 6, 2017
Aimee and Trey and the Marino family. We send our love and thoughts to you during this difficult time. Trey, your grandpa was a wonderful person and may he Rest In Peace in the loving arms of Jesus.
Don, corliss, Donna and Brenna Satterfeal
Corliss Satterfeal
March 5, 2017
To the Marino Family,
My sincere condolences on the death of Mr. Sam. He was a wonderful man who always had a smile on his face. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you adjust to life without him.
Sandra Romano Lindsey
March 5, 2017
Mary Margaret, Lawrence, Sam Jr, Theresa, Gina and sweet Rose, I am so saddened to hear of Mr. Sam's passing. He and Ms. Mary were such good friends and neighbors. My family loved them so very much. I will never forget him picking on my mother, Mary. He always made her day. He will be so sadly missed. As the great Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas wrote upon his father's death, "Do not go gentle into that good night,old age should burn and rage at close of day~Rage,rage against the dying of the light.
Janet Sistrunk-Denham
March 5, 2017
We will miss Sam's greetings before Saturday Masses at St Pat.

Comfort for Those Who Mourn

So many people imagine that death cruelly separates us from our loved ones. Even pious people are led to believe this great and sad mistake. When our loved ones die, they do not leave us. They remain. They do not go to some dark and distant place. They simply begin their eternity. We do not see them because we are still in the darkness of the world. But their spiritual eyes, filled with the light of heaven, are always watching us as they wait for the day when we shall share their perfect joy. We are all born for heaven and one by one we end this life of tears to begin our life of love in endless happiness.

I have often reflected upon this beautiful truth and found it the greatest and surest comfort in time of mourning. A firm faith in the real and continual presence of our loved ones has brought the conviction and consolation that death has not destroyed them, nor carried them away. Rather it has given them life! A life with power to know fully and to love perfectly! With this new life and new power our loved ones are always present to us, knowing and loving us more than ever before.

The tears that dampen eyes in time of mourning are tears of homesickness, tears of longing for our loved ones. But it is we who are away from home, not they. Death has been for them a doorway to an eternal home. And only because this heavenly home is invisible to our worldly eyes, we cannot see them so near us. Yet, they are with us, lovingly and tenderly waiting for the day when we, too, will enter the doorway of our eternal home.

No death is a separation. It is a preparation for eternal union with those we love, in the peace and joy of heaven.
Paul Geissler
March 5, 2017
I send my deepest sympathy to the Marino family.. I know you will miss this wonderful man... My love, thoughts and prayers are for you all...
mona bernard
March 5, 2017
So sorry for your loss. May God have mercy on his soul and let perpetual light shine upon him. May He also give the family peace.
Barry Amedee
March 5, 2017
I always knew that my Uncle Sam loved me and was interested in my life. Great memories of his passion for military aircraft, model making, bowling, and Marino Bros Grocery store. There was always food on the stove and hot coffee at his and Aunt Mary's home and lots of friends, family, and even strangers visiting them. I am blessed to call him my Uncle and pray God's blessing, mercy, and grace upon him and his family.
Russell Marino
March 4, 2017
He was a wonderful person. when i was little girl my parents always shopped there. many good memories. I feel so sad to learn of his death.susan konikoff williber
March 4, 2017
i feel so sad. when i was a little girl my dad DR Konikoff would take me to his store. he was so nice to us.susan konikoff williber
March 4, 2017
Dear Cousins, my heart aches with you & for all of you. As you know, I loved both of your parents & all of you very, very much. I was in their wedding & both of them were my first cousins which made all of us even closer. I hope Sam & my late husband Anthony V. Noto are enjoying some of our pleasant memories from years ago. My son, Michael, & his wife Susan also extend their most heartfelt sympathy. Our prayers are with all of you.
"Aunt" Marie Dimaio Noto
March 3, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to the Marino family. I know your loss is great. May God our Father fill you with a peace and comfort in knowing your Dad is resting in eternity with Him.
The Saccaro Family - Denise, Ronnie, Brandon, and Danielle
Denise Saccaro
March 3, 2017
To the Marino Family,
Our deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to each of you during this time of sorrow. Mr. Sam will always hold a special place in our memories. We love you all.
Esther and John McKeithen
March 3, 2017
Heaven has recalled another Angel. We were blessed to have this great man in our lives. I know that he and my dad--Jesse Thomas-- are loving the reunion.
Debra Thomas-Taylor
March 3, 2017
Among the many great memories I have of Sammy, the most notable is how good I felt each time I saw him, regardless of occasion. His smile, humor and caring were wonderfully infectious. Wishing each of you your own special memories. Sending you all my prayers and love.
Lynn LaPorte Samuels
March 3, 2017
I will fondly remember Mr. Sam. He was a great man and a great friend to my dad, Jesse Thomas, Sr. May God continue to bless and comfort your family.

Coretta F Thomas
Baton Rouge, La.
March 3, 2017
To Uncle Sam's Family, I am thankful for the memories I have from being around your father. He always brought a smile and wit to the conversation. I will always remember his presence and I am honored to call him my Uncle! God Bless each of you. It is with a peaceful heart that I know he has moved on to enjoying eternal life with our Lord! Your cousin, Joe
Joe Salpietra
March 3, 2017
Gina and family, I am sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was a
kind and gentle man and a role model for all of us. Love,
Judy Rabalais Maggiore
March 3, 2017
Gina and family, I am sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was a great family man and a wonderful role model to all of us. Praying for all of your family. Love, Judy Rabalais Maggiore.
March 3, 2017
So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
Doby Montz-Murphy
March 3, 2017
As a young man growing up in the neighborhood Mr Sam,and all the family were some of the nicest people I have ever met.They made everyone who met them feel like family.Mr Sam let me read every comic book that came in,though not comics today I still have a strong love of reading and thank him for cultivating it.
March 2, 2017
I remember Mr.Sam as a young kid going to marino Bros. Grocery. May he rest in peace.
Ray Farris
March 2, 2017
MM and Family, so sorry to hear of your dads passing. I know very well the hurt you are all feeling. May God wrap his arms around you all.
Renee Schexnayder Bihm
March 2, 2017
Mary Margaret and family, I was so very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. May God give you and your family comfort and peace during this season of your life. It is the ones left behind that suffer.
Jan Grdinich
March 2, 2017
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