Feb. 28, 1921 - Jan. 6, 2017 My dad, Andrea (Andy) Marella, passed away Jan. 6, after 95 years of life. Words cannot describe what a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather he was. He was dedicated to helping any friend, organizations he belonged to and especially his family. He was born Feb. 28, 1921 to Giuseppe and Santina in a logging Camp in Portland, OR. He was the first one born in America. He was preceded in death by his brother, John, and sister, Olga Poggi. News of work at C&H Sugar brought the family to Crockett. There Andy started school and lettered in football and baseball, graduating from John Swett High School. He worked for a short time at C&H until he started his apprenticeship in sheet metal at Mare Island. While serving his apprenticeship, he was drafted into the Army during World War II. He was stationed in Hawaii for his infantry training, then shipped to the Pacific theater where he was involved in the invasion of C-Span, as well as other invasions. After serving bravely he was honorably discharged with a purple heart. Upon his return, he went back to Mare Island Shop 17 where he retired after 30 years in 1974. He married Jacqueline Majors, in 1952, making their home in Vallejo. They were married 45 years when Jackie passed in 1997. They had one daughter, Lorie. He leaves behind his companion, Shirley Sammuels; his daughter, Lorie Moody (Gary); grandson, Joey and granddaughter Stacy Leal, all of Napa; great grand-children, Isaac and Gianna Moody, and Addisyn, Mariah and Andrew Leal. He was a member of the Vallejo Elks Club, Moose Lodge, NARFE, American Legion and the VFW. Funeral service will be held on Monday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m., at Skyview Funeral Chapel, 200 Rollingwood Drive, Vallejo, burial will follow. I would like to thank Kaiser Hospice staff, especially Jane, with her compassionate, and knowledgeable care she gave to my dad and always just a phone call away. Also, Chris, for being the first hospice nurse to care. The staff at Buttercup for always being so nice to my dad. I will greatly miss our Thursdays there. Arrangements entrusted to the direction and care of Skyview Memorial Lawn, 707-644-7474.
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