Taken February 2012.  
Chilling out on his patio.  Needed a good picture for my cell phone.  This was the 4th attempt...cause Dad didnt like the other 3...LOL.
John J. Marullo Sr.
  • 79 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 11, 1934
  • Place of birth:
    Newburgh, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 14, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

John Joseph Marullo Sr., known by many as  "JJ" , 79, was born on January 11, 1934 and passed away on March 14, 2013.  We will remember him forever and created this memorial for our beloved father to honor his life.

Please leave a tribute by remembering a favorite memory, a funny joke, or some other thought and entering it here for all to see.  If you have any pictures of our Dad, we would love it if you could post them here as well.  All are welcome to contribute, even if to leave a note of condolence for a particular family member of his or light a candle. Giving your info to post is completely safe, rest assured, and we would be so grateful.  Your info cannot be shared.  There are sections for remembering a particular point in his life or you can leave a story about Dad by choosing a tab at the top of the page.  Tributes may be left at the bottom of this page.  If you hover the 'gallery' you can go to the pictures section or even download a song for Dad.  You can even download video if you have any.

Dad loved God, his family, his country and his friends. 
He passed away peacefully in his home in Boca Raton, FL. with his youngest daughter Roberta, his youngest son Anthony and son in law David at his side. Dad would like everyone to remember him as always trying to do his very best. He was born human, not perfect. 

He honored our Nation by serving in the United States Navy and was a Disbursing Clerk-Petty Officer Second Class-DK2 aboard the USS Caliente during the Korean War and was an Atomic Veteran who witnessed three Atomic test explosions in the Pacific theatre located near the Bikini Atoll Islands.

Dad married Lucille Plemmons (now Lucille Peroni) on May 27, 1960.
A proud father of four children.
Laura Elizabeth Gilmore
John Joseph Marullo Jr. NCC USN and wife Ana Macias Marullo
Roberta Marullo Kratochwil and husband David Kratochwil
Anthony Lambert Marullo

(even prouder!) grandfather of:
Stephanie Lynn Gilmore
Jessica Ann Gilmore
Cole Dominick Macias Marullo

Nancy Horvatis, who through a longtime friendship, always held a most special place in his heart. Nancy was one of the first people Dad met when he first moved to Florida and they hit it off as life long friends, despite their age difference.  She was a wonderful friend to him and I know that he loved her very much.

Son of the late Daniel A. Marullo Sr. and Florence Mangini Marullo.
Pre-deceased by brothers Daniel A. Marullo Jr. of Red Hook, NY and Charles A. Marullo of FL., and by son-in-law Gary F. Gilmore of Newburgh, NY.
He leaves behind brothers Anthony "Buddy" Marullo and wife Philomenia of Boca Raton, FL. 
Robert K.M. Marullo of Peru, Brazil. 
and sister Amelia Lennon and husband Bruce of Sebastian, FL. 
Dozens of neices and nephews,and great- neices and great-nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Boca Raton, Florida on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
Inurnment will follow at 1 PM with full military honors at the South Florida National Cemetary in Lake Worth, Florida.

A second Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sacred Heart) in Newburgh, NY on Monday, April 29, 2013.  Father Peter Claver will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice by the Sea of Boca Raton, or your local Hospice in memory of John J. Marullo Sr.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 30th May 2016

"On this Memorial Day, I would like to thank you for your sacrifice to protect our country and consequently...us.  You did give the ultimate sacrifice Dad.  Though you may not have died during the war, you died as a result of the Atomic testing that you participated in during the war.  Never forget."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 19th March 2016

"Dad, I let the day of your second anniversary pass.  It was intentional, as I know that you know that.  I miss you, old man.  Heaven has both you and Tony.  Two beautiful men that I loved so very much.  It hurts. Im sorry."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 14th February 2016

"Happy Valentine's Day to my very first love.  
I miss you and Love you Daddy."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 11th January 2016

"Happy Birthday Dad.
You would have been 82 today but you are 3 in Heaven.  I miss you old man.  You were a royal pain in my rear but you knew that I loved you with everything I had in me.  I may have been Daddy's little girl but you gave me a tough backbone.  Thank you.
Celebrate today, and everyday.  
Until we meet again.
All my love."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 25th December 2015

"Merry Christmas Dad."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 26th November 2015

"Happy Thanksgiving Dad,
Im jealous.  You get Tony for Thanksgiving.  Tell him I have leftovers, no matter how hard I tried, leftovers.
I love you...more and I miss you.  

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 22nd June 2015

"Hi Dad,
Happy Father's Day in Heaven.  Though we cannot be together today, know that you are in my thoughts (always) and that I miss you.  Please send my love to Tony, Grandpa M and P and to all the rest of the family there.  I love and miss you.  
All my love."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 25th May 2015

"Happy Memorial Day Dad.

I miss you and love you very much."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 5th April 2015

"Happy Easter Dad."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 14th March 2015

"Happy 2nd Anniversary in Heaven Dad,
I miss you so very much."

This tribute was added by Laura Swanson on 14th March 2015

"Gone but not forgotten- I did not know John, but I was blessed to have loved Tony: a precious gift to this world and in doing so,made me a better woman and I am grafeful-so very grateful."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 14th February 2015

"Happy Valentine's Day Dad."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 11th January 2015

"Happy Birthday Dad.  I hope that you and Tony are celebrating with all the angels in Heaven.  I miss you everyday."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 1st January 2015

"Happy New Year Dad.  Party on with Tony."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 25th December 2014

"Merry Christmas Dad.  I love you."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 23rd December 2014

"Dad, please look after Anthony."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 27th November 2014

"Happy Thanksgiving Dad,
It's your second Thanksgiving in Heaven.  I know some day I will be able to join you all around the table and give my constant thanks as well.  For now, I must do that here.  I miss you everyday.  Let's say a prayer for each other and for the rest of the family.  All my love, old man. Hugs and kisses."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 25th May 2014

"Happy Memorial Day in Heaven Dad.  
Thank you for your selfless service for our country.
I am so very proud of you."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 14th March 2014

"Happy 1st Anniversary in Heaven Dad.

I think of you everyday.
I still expect the phone to ring on certain days and at other times I check the caller ID half expecting it to show your name.  Still having a hard time without you, but some days are better than others.
I'm sending prayers your way and hoping that Heaven is all you've ever imagined.  

I love you."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 11th January 2014

"Happy Birthday Dad,
How I wish we could have celebrated your 80th birthday here but I know that you are celebrating a first in Heaven.  Mom found some old pictures today and gave them to me for safe keeping.  I will put them here soon.  It amazes me how young you and Mom were, with all of us running around driving you both crazy!
Dad, you know I miss you.  Today is tough.  I cant even call you to wish you a Happy Birthday.  This was supposed to be a milestone for you.  We both wanted so much for you to see your 80th, even though I couldn't believe you were 79.
Dave said God wishes that you could celebrate your birthday here on earth too!  Gotta love Dave!  Even in death he still picks on you and now it's your turn for the jab back at him.  LOL.

Happy Birthday Dad.  I love you."

This tribute was added by ROBERT MARULLO on 11th January 2014

"Dear John, Happy Birthday Brother! Celebrated my birthday on Jan. 9 by going to a very beautiful Mass said for me by my retired Priest friend, Dan Doyle at his beautiful home here in Hollywood, Florida. He is the same Priest that offered 10 Masses for your Soul when you passed in March. He lives with two Brothers from the same Order he was ordained, Marianists Priests from Massaschusetts. The Order has a beautiful Home here in Hollywood for their retired Religious with a beautiful chapel, and I am truly blessed to know them and to be able to go there on invitation. Fr. Dan offered a beautiful Mass for me on Wednesday, Jan 9, my Birthday and asked me to Read the Scripture during the Mass, and one of the Readings was about Loving God and it said that "If you claim to love God and hate your brother, then you are a lier, for how can you profess to love God whom you have never seen, and hate your brother whom you have seen. A very powerful message. John, only God knows the difficult times we had as brothers and all the years that we lived apart and never talked. Now you are above all that, and I ask your forgiveness and I know I have God's forgiveness. That is why I had Ten Masses said for your Soul when you passed. Remember me in Heaven before the Throne of God, and pray for my Soul as I have prayed for yours. I miss you on this earth, but know that we will be a real family once again in Heaven with Mom and Dad and our other beloved brothers when God permits. Visiting with Buddy today  in Boca Raton and hopefully we will drive back down to Fort Lauderdale to visit Mom & Dad at their graves. Don't know where your earthly remains are in West Palm Beach, but know that I am thinking of you today and will offer prayers for you with my other living brother Buddy. Rest in Peace dear Brother, Rest in Peace!!"

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 24th December 2013

"It's Christmas Eve Dad, I know that you are in the midst of the most special celebration in Heaven but I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you...everyday.

I miss you.

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 27th July 2013

"Happy end of Korean War day,
Hi Dad.  
Today celebrated 60 years since the end of the Korean War.  The President said that enough wasnt done for our veterans.  I agree.
I want you to know that I think of you everyday.  
Dave and I were remembering the chocolate shake today."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 13th July 2013

"Hi Dad,
Although the official 4th has passed, we had to work and therefore we celebrated today.  We saw our "hometown" fireworks...the ones where we brought John to once, and the girls, Laura and of course Tony and Mom saw.
I thought of you while watching those fireworks, I think of you everyday.  I miss you old man."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 16th June 2013

"Happy Father's Day Dad,

David, Doreen and I brought a large bunch of balloons down to the bluff.  We wrote some personal messages on them and included two mylar Father's Day balloons and then with big kisses and some tears we released them.
All for you.  I love you very much."

This tribute was added by Catherine Morea on 21st April 2013

"Although I only met your father once, he seems to have been a wonderful father. I'm deeply sorry for your loss, and am sure your memories of him will carry on forever in your hearts. May you find comfort in his love and in knowing you have friends and family who are here for you always.   Love, Cathy, Marc & Olivia Morea."

This tribute was added by Roberta Kratochwil on 31st March 2013

"Happy Easter Dad.  I love you and miss you so much."

This tribute was added by A. Thomas on 24th March 2013

"Dear Roberta and Dave:
Thank you for sharing your loss with us; although I did not know your father personally, knowing you and Laura as well as I do, it is obvious what a great person and father he was in life. Please know that I am just across the street should you need anything.
Your neighbors,
Anne, Rachael and Veronica."

This tribute was added by Shannon Ahlstrand on 19th March 2013

"" Dear Uncle John - My father loved you very much and we all are saddened that you are no longer with us.  May you reunite in Heaven and be brothers again." Our love to John, Laura, Roberta & Anthony and your families.  Love from Shannon, Aunt Ginny, Liv & Scott"

This tribute was added by Kathryn Jack Camp on 18th March 2013

"Once when i was small we all lived together in a big house. I can still see your smile, and hear you voice. i will always miss you. my heart goes out to Laura, Johnny, Roberta, and Anthony.  love to you all from  Mary Kate Lennon Camp and Family."

This tribute was added by Eric Kaplan on 18th March 2013

"John was a good man. His family always came first. He  put the needs of others before his own. I enjoyed the time we worked together. He was the kind of man others should take example from.  He will be missed."

This tribute was added by Steve Trotti on 16th March 2013

"Dave & Roberta, thank you for letting me know.
Very sorry to hear about his passing.
Rest In Peace Mr. Marullo."

This tribute was added by Jahtayzia Faison on 15th March 2013

"From our family to yours, we would like to send our condolences. Through this time of sorrow we extend our love to the entire Marullo, Kratochwill and Gilmore family. May God bless your family and give you comfort during your time of grievance.

- Tamekia Deans and family"

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