Mario M. Roberto

Born October 4, 1941 in Nicastro, Italy
Departed August 5, 2023 in Melbourne, Florida

Mario M. Roberto, beloved son of the late Antonio and Betty (Betta) Roberto; loving husband of Holly (Monroe) and father of Mark A., Alexander C. (Mary Katherine) and Elizabeth H; grandfather to Chloe V., Mario C. and Johnny M.; cherished brother of Mary T. (Sal) Posa and John A. Roberto; and, brother-in-law to Thomas (Joyce) Monroe and late Nancy Mahaney. Mario also leaves behind his aunt, Elvira Costanzo, and a large extended family of cousins, and nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved.

Mario had a variety of careers. On moving to Florida, he built and ran a restaurant in Melbourne, Fresh sh sh Pasta Company. Often, he simultaneously worked at buying, renting and selling real estate. He was adept at just about everything he tried, whether a construction trade, property management or running a restaurant without prior experience.

Mario was proud of his Air Force service, which included eight years of active duty and twenty two in the Pennsylvania and Florida Air Guard. His active duty included two years in Vietnam.

Mostly, though, he was proudest of his children and grandchildren. In his later years, his greatest joy was being PaPa or Pop Pop to grandchildren who adored him.

Mario was a long time member of the Melbourne Elks lodge.

Calling hours are Wednesday, August 16, 2023 from 2 pm until 7 pm at Brownlie Maxwell Funeral Home. His Funeral Mass will be Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 11:30 am at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Indialantic, Florida followed by US Army honors at 2:30 pm at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, Mims, Florida.

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Brian Smith from Melbourne Beach wrote on August 14, 2023:
Holly, Prayers are with you and your family. Mario was a wonderful soul and will be sorely missed. Condolences, Brian Smith
Dolly and Ed Sullivan from Warwick wrote on August 14, 2023:
Dear Holly and family - we were so sad to hear about Mario’s passing. Although we know, that no one is promised tomorrow- words can’t express our deepest condolences. Sorry we are unable to attend the services but praying you receive inner peace and strength during this difficult time.
Teddy Bell from Indialantic, FL wrote on August 10, 2023:
I am absolutely heartbroken and so saddened by our loss of Mario.. I am so thankful that I was accepted into his amazing, loving family. In the short time that I got to know Mario, it was obvious that he had a strong love for his family and friends. He was a very generous man that was always helping others even when there was nothing in return for him. I count myself very lucky to have had him in my life for the short time that we had together. He was the father figure and influence that I never really had. I am so sad that we didn't have longer, and I hope that he has found peace. He will be strongly missed every single day, and will never be forgotten. Being accepted into his family has been life changing for me and I am so thankful that I've been given that chance, I will strive to make him proud and I hope that he smiles when he looks down upon us all. I will always cherish the memories I have of him, and I aspire to be as amazing of a man as he was. Rest easy and in peace, Mario.
richard shiffler Kris overand from malabar wrote on August 9, 2023:
Mario was a 40 year friend,and a great friend. I believe that he was a friend of anyone who knew him. We had many incredible holiday dinners at his home. We also were fishing buddies and sometimes drinking Buddies.. We always felt like we were apart of his family. God bless his soul and help Holly through these difficult times.
Rob & Byrd Domeck from Indialantic wrote on August 9, 2023:
We were so very sorry to hear of Mario's passing and are richer, for having known him. Always a kind and caring person with lively stories of his military life shared with a multi-course meal of his incredible food. So glad we could spend time with him at his Grandchildren's Baptism. He will surely be missed by friends and family. Our thoughts are with you.
Julie and Lynn Mallak from Indialantic wrote on August 7, 2023:
Our family mourns the passing of Mario. We have fond memories of our times together and parttaking of his delicious pasta. We last saw Mario at his two grandsons Baptism. He was so happy to be with his family at this special occasion. Mario loved his dear wife, Holly, and children and grandchildren. He was so kind to his friends. We'll remember the many good times we shared together. May his family find peace. The Mallak Family
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