Dr. Mariano “Mario” Cipriano, 78, of Clearfield and formerly of Curwensville, died Monday, April 22, 2013 at the Clearfield Hospital. Born June 8, 1934, he was the son of Frank and Antonia (Ciotoli) Cipriano.
Mr. Cipriano was an educator and administrator and first taught in the Upper Burrell/New Kensington School District from September of 1955 through June of 1956. He was an educator and administrator in the Curwensville Area School District from September of 1956 through his retirement in July of 1990.
He was a 1952 graduate of Curwensville High School, a 1955 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, attended Clarion and Penn State universities and also took correspondence courses from LaSalle Business College and the U.S. Army Correspondence Schools. He received his Master’s degree in Media (book and non-book) Supervision and received his Doctorate in Education in 1971, which also included his certificate in administration and certificate to teach communication at the college level.
He served in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves from 1956 through 1963, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant.
He was a member of St. Timothy Roman Catholic Church in Curwensville, a life member of the National and Pennsylvania Education Associations, the Curwensville Area Education Association, a life member of both the National and Pennsylvania Retired Educators Associations and the Curwensville Coffee Club.
Surviving is his wife, the former Carole (Smith) Litz Cipriano; two children, Mario John Cipriano and his wife, Beth and Mary Beth Cipriano-Falk and her husband, Jeff; four grandchildren; a step-daughter, Sandra L. Weber; three step-sons, Kevin Litz, Shawn Litz and Darren Litz; several step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife,, Elaine Mellish (mother of Mario John and Mary Beth); his second wife, Wava Eckert Brown Cipriano; and a step-son David Litz.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at the St. Timothy Roman Catholic Church in Curwensville, with the Rev. Father Mark J. Mastrian as celebrant. Burial will be in the Crown Crest Memorial Park, Hyde.
Friends will be received from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday at the Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home Inc. of Curwensville and from 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. when the procession will depart for the church.
The Rosary will be recited by members of St Timothy Altar and Rosary Society at 3 p.m. Thursday and a Scripture Vigil Service will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, both at the funeral home.
The family suggests contributions be made to either the Fr. James McKee Memorial Scholarship Fund at St. Timothy Church or the Curwensville Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.chidboyfuneralhome.com.
The Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home Inc. of Curwensville and Clearfield is in charge of the arrangements.