Tony passed away on
August 6th, 2018
The Mamaroneck community has lost a great
citizen and World War II veteran: Tony
Marsella died on August 6th. He was a
supporter of Kemper Memorial Park for many
decades and a member of the Board of
Directors of the Kemper Memorial Park
Tony was arguably the human face of the
fight to preserve the Richard M. Kemper
Memorial Park, as his brother John perished
in the War and is one of the 101 honorees on
the memorial stone. Tony was able to spend
time in the Park
to grieve for his brother Pvt. John J.
Marsella, US Army, who was killed in action
on the Anzio beachhead in Italy on May 26,
1944. A graduate of Mamaroneck High School,
John was only 21 when he died and was
awarded the Purple Heart.
Tony's decades-long advocacy for the
preservation of the Park was tremendously
effective. May he rest in peace and may we
who cared for him be comforted by fond
memories of him.
On the eve of Tony's funeral--the night
before he was laid to rest--his daughter
Donna lovingly delivered his eulog.
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passed away on
March 18, 2012.
Melvin supported our efforts to
preserve Kemper Memorial Park from
the outset, but his passion for
honoring the memory of his fellow
veterans had much to do with his own
experiences during World War II.
Melvin himself was a combat
infantryman, wounded on two
occasions and returned to duty each
time. His service awards include the
Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart
with Oak Leaf Cluster. He fought in
several major engagements, including
the battle at the Remagen Bridge. As
a twenty-year old PFC, he wrote a
letter home from a bombed-out German
town that had just been captured.
His letter was published in the
local newspaper at the time and can
be read in full on our website.
Thank you, Melvin, for your support,
your military service and your
enduring loyalty to your fellow
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passed away on
February 28, 2012.
When we asked Phyllis if we could
commission her to create a water
color painting of the monument in
Kemper Memorial Park, she readily
agreed. Shortly thereafter, she
presented us with her beautiful
work. When we attempted to pay her
for the painting, she graciously
donated it to us, along with her
permission to reproduce it as note
cards to sell as one of our
fund-raising activities. We are
eternally grateful to Phyllis for
her spirit, her talent, her support
and her generosity. We will always
remember her fondly.