Nuncio Marabella died in his sleep on Monday, November 26, 2012. Nuncio was a lifelong Galvestonian. The only reasons he ever crossed the causeway were to go to war and to go to work in Texas City every day.
Nuncio was born at St. Mary’s Infirmary on August 3, 1916. He was the youngest child of a large Italian immigrant family that settled in the Alta Loma area upon arrival in this country. His parents, Nunzio and Anna Marabella moved to the island and opened a corner grocery in the East End.
Nuncio grew up in the Catholic faith and his entire life was characterized by service and devotion to his religion, and most specifically, to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Galveston. From baptism to confirmation, from altar boy to usher, from chief cook to finance committee chairman; for over nine decades he was always a willing volunteer at his parish.
Nuncio attended elementary school at Sacred Heart. He graduated from Kirwin High School. A member of the “greatest generation,” he served his country in Europe, as a sergeant in the quartermasters corps, during WWII. Upon his return to Galveston, he married Dorothy Masculine, another Sacred Heart stalwart, and together they created a large family of their own, seeing to it that their kids were educated, reared and rooted in the Catholic faith and the community of Sacred Heart parish.
Nuncio’s Catholic volunteer spirit was further manifested as an adult, in his 76-year membership in the Knights of Columbus. Nuncio eventually served the Monsignor Kirwin Council #787 in Galveston as Grand Knight for four consecutive terms, from 1982 – 1986. As the above photo suggests, he was most comfortable in an apron and a baseball cap, at the KC Hall, cooking up spaghetti and meatballs, grilling steaks, barbecuing chicken, scrambling eggs, etc. to raise money for the parish and local charities.
Nuncio retired from Monsanto Chemical Company in 1984. He was employed in the refinery’s data processing center at a time when computer technologies were just beginning to enter the workplace. He was eventually promoted to manager of the computer operations department.
Among his brothers and sisters, “Nunie” was the last to be born into this life and he is the last to depart it. Nuncio’s beloved wife, Dorothy, died in 2008. They leave behind six children: daughter, Mary Anne Hopkins, and son-in-law, Bill; daughter, Madalyn Lombeida, and son-in-law, Victor; son, Billy Marabella; daughter, Anna Marabella; son, Albert Marabella, and daughter-in-law, Beth; and daughter, Dottie Gonzalez, and son-in-law, Juan Carlos. Nuncio’s nine grandchildren are: Amy Hopkins, Ryan Hopkins; Patrick Lombeida, Anna Cristina Lombeida and Tony Lombeida; Madalyn Marabella and Mae Ellen Marabella; and Kelly Gonzalez Reader and husband, Robert, and Andy Gonzalez. Nuncio leaves several nieces and nephews who will cherish his memory, as well as countless friends and acquaintances in Galveston, after 96 years of citizenship.
Pallbearers for Mr. Marabella’s funeral services will be: Andy Gonzalez, Ryan Hopkins, Patrick Lombeida, Tony Lombeida, Frank Marabella, and Robert John Mihovil. Honorary pallbearers are: Nunzio Marabella, Peter Marabella, and Jack Ploss.
A visitation is scheduled for family and friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2 at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, followed by a recitation of the Holy Rosary, at 7:00 p.m., which will be led by members of the Knights of Columbus Monsignor Kirwin Council #787. A funeral Mass will be celebrated in Nuncio’s honor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Galveston on Monday morning, at 10:00 a.m. Following the Mass, he will be buried beside his wife at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Galveston.
In lieu of flowers, Nuncio would wish that charitable donations be made to the Holy Family Parish in Galveston.