Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.
  • 79 years old
  • Born on January 11, 1934 in Newburgh, New York, United States.
  • Passed away on March 14, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida, United States.

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.

Posted by Amelia Lennon on 14th January 2019
Johnny, I couldn't say everything I wanted to say in my last post, so thank u again for ur brotherly love and guidance. I have comfort knowing that ur pain and suffering is over. You now are being cared for. All the heavenly Angel's and all the holy men and women of heaven are watching over you, Anthony, mom and dad, Danny and all our departed family. Love u much, rest well in the loving arms of ur Savior, Your Sister, Amelia
Posted by Amelia Lennon on 14th January 2019
Johnny My dear brother, my heart is heavy. U know, as the baby in our family. I always depended on you Johnny, my dearest Dan and, of course Bud...u three were always there for me. I miss those years but we all have to say goodbye, and leave our beloved earth family to spend our eternity together. Rest well John and I hope, one day, to come home to my Lord and my loved ones that have gone before me into the the life to come. I'll be 75 next year and in good health. I'm looking forward to many more years, however, I have learned to accept that God may have other plans for me. Death is sudden and sometimes unexpected as no one knows the day or the hour. Thank you Johnny for always being there for me. Thank you dearest for watching over me. Luv u and miss u Your sister Amelia
Posted by Roberta Kratochwil on 12th January 2019
I let your earthly birthday pass without a tribute on it again....on purpose....again. It is hard knowing you are not here because I know Heaven is a much better place and you are in perfect happiness. Know that David misses you too. I wished you Happy Birthday several times yesterday, often with silent tears. Today I will feel joy knowing that the worries and pain of earthly life are but a faint memory for you. Roberta.
Posted by Amelia Lennon on 12th January 2019
Hello John, How I wish for our family to be reunited again. U are dearly missed dear brother. Rest well John with all our departed family. May the Angel's watch over u and our departed loved ones. Love always Amelia. Xoxoxo
Posted by Roberta Kratochwil on 16th December 2018
Dad , just wanted to say" what up". and get off the lawn. We miss and love you Dave and Roberta.
Posted by ROBERT MARULLO on 14th March 2018
Dear John, another year has passed here on Earth, but where you are in Heaven, there is no time. Everyday is the present as if you left us yesterday. We can only think about that, as our minds cannot comprehend these matters, until we are with you, Mom & Dad, as well as Dan, Jr. and Charlie. Know well that we miss and love you all. We know that you are with the Holy and Blessed Trinity, as well as our Heavenly Mother Mary and St. Joseph and all God's Angels and Saints. Can only imagine the joy you must all share together. Until we meet in Heaven, give all my love and affection, especially to Mom & Dad. Brother Bob. PS: Brother Buddy just celebrated his 89 Birthday. Getting to be an ole fossil. LOL
Posted by Roberta Kratochwil on 11th January 2018
Happy Birthday in Heaven Dad. You are missed more and more as time here passes. Football and Baseball seasons are eerily quiet since the flurry of phone calls between you and David have ended. In our thoughts daily with love, Roberta
Posted by ROBERT MARULLO on 11th January 2018
Dear Brother John; Another year here on earth without you and your friendly smile and humor. Know well you are missed dearly by all your family here, but we know that you are in the Joy of Joys with your family who shares these Joys in Heaven with your Lord of Lords. Give Mom and Dad, my Brother's who are with you an extra big hug from me. Looking forward to that day when we will all be together again, young and beautiful, free from pain and distress, loving the God who created us for all eternity. Watch over us here in this vale of tears, and pray for us as well that we all will be safe until we meet again. Bobby
Posted by Amelia Lennon on 11th January 2018
Dearest Brother, Has it been another year. In my daily prayers and rosary I pray for u , ur son Tony and all our departed family members. Until we are all united in eternity I will continue to honor, not only ur memory, but all our loved ones that hav gone before us unto the life and light of Our Lord.
Posted by Amelia Lennon on 20th March 2017
My dear brother John: So much time has gone by since your passing. I miss you dearly as I miss all my departed family members. I missed the years we grew apart for I can never get those back again. I look forward to the time we can spend together in eternity where there is only joy and peace. Rest well dear brother, May our Lord bless and watch over your children and grandchildren until we will all be as one family again forever.
Posted by ROBERT MARULLO on 14th March 2017
Dearest Brother John, Four years old Jesus called you home. Although your passing left a whole in our hearts, I know you are in a much better place. We all miss you very much and we all look forward to the day when we too will wake up in that magnificent sunrise of Heaven to be with Our Father in Heaven, The Most Holy and Blessed Trinity, along with all His Angels and Saints, and joining with all of our Family Members who have passed before us, celebrating the Eternal Joys of Heaven that Jesus promised us. Holy Mother Mary and Saint Joseph watch over you and all our family members who are with you until we meet again in that beautiful Eternal City of Everlasting Peace and Joy. Alleluia, Alleluia. I love you and miss you, Brother Bob
Posted by ROBERT MARULLO on 12th January 2017
Dearest Brother, Know well you are with the Most Holy and Blessed Trinity and with Mom and Dad as well as with Dan. Jr. and Charlie. I also know that Mother Mary and her Angels are watching over you all as well. Until we meet in Heaven again, Love and Hugs Always, Brother Bob
Posted by Laura Swanson on 11th January 2017
A man I never met , but your above in the heavens with a man that we all know and loved ... May you hold him close and rest easy in the grace and majesty of the lord of lords.
Posted by Roberta Kratochwil on 25th December 2016
Merry Christmas Dad. I love you.
Posted 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 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.
Posted 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.
Posted by Roberta Kratochwil on 14th February 2016
Happy Valentine's Day to my very first love. I miss you and Love you Daddy.
Posted 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.
Posted by Roberta Kratochwil on 25th December 2015
Merry Christmas Dad.
Posted by Roberta Kratochwil on 26th November 2015
Happy Thanksgiving Dad, Im jealous. You get Tony for Thanksgiving, but he will always prefer my cooking. Tell him I have leftovers, no matter how hard I tried, leftovers. I love you more and I miss you. Always.
Posted 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, Grandparents M and P and to all the rest of the family there. I love and miss you. All my love.
Posted by Roberta Kratochwil on 25th May 2015
Happy Memorial Day Dad. I miss you and love you very much.
Posted by Roberta Kratochwil on 5th April 2015
Happy Easter Dad.
Posted 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.
Posted by Roberta Kratochwil on 14th March 2015
Happy 2nd Anniversary in Heaven Dad, I miss you so very much.
Posted by Roberta Kratochwil on 14th February 2015
Happy Valentine's Day Dad.
Posted 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.
Posted by Roberta Kratochwil on 1st January 2015
Happy New Year Dad. Party on with Tony.
Posted by Roberta Kratochwil on 25th December 2014
Merry Christmas Dad. I love you.
Posted by Roberta Kratochwil on 23rd December 2014
Dad, please look after Anthony. My heart literally shattered yesterday.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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!!
Posted 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. Love, Roberta
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted by Roberta Kratochwil on 31st March 2013
Happy Easter Dad. I love you and miss you so much.
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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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