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Tool shop owner valued self-reliance, hard work

| Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Louis Marino earned the admiration of those who put their trust in him.

During the Korean War, infantrymen on the front lines depended on his expertise as an Army field artillery surveyor in directing accurate and lethal firepower on the enemy.

Louis C. Marino of Turtle Creek died on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in the Pines of Mt. Lebanon assisted-living community. He was 82.

Mr. Marino, owner of Wall Tool Co. in Wall, worked long hours to provide his five children with an education, in addition to imparting on them values of self-reliance, hard work and honesty.

“If a customer brought him the material they wanted for a job he was doing for them, he'd turn them down if he felt that it would not hold up,” said his daughter, Joanne Koeberle of Scott.

“And at one time or another, we all did chores in the shop after school and on weekends.”

Born and raised in Edgewood, Mr. Marino was one of seven children of Pasquale Marino, an employee of Union Railroad, and his wife, Philomena Scalo.

After graduating from Swissvale High School, where he played coronet in the band, Mr. Marino held a number of small jobs before entering the Army during the Korean War.

Upon his discharge, Mr. Marino, with the help of the GI Bill, entered what was then the Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he completed an apprenticeship as a tool-and-die maker.

In addition to his daughter, Joanne, Mr. Marino is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Cacco Marino; his children, Christine Marino of Turtle Creek, David Marino of North Huntingdon, Kenneth Marino of New Jersey and Louise Marino of Bethel Park; his siblings, Michael Marino of Forest Hills, Viola Case and Lenora Marino, both of Swissvale, and Jean DeCecco of Arizona; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph, and a sister, Rose Kibler.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Jude the Apostle Church, Wilmerding. Burial with military honors will follow in Restland Memorial Park.

Arrangements are being handled by the Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel.

Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or

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