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James Marzo

James M. Marzo “beloved brother, uncle, and friend” COUDERSPORT, Pa.---James “Jim” Marzo, 79, of Coudersport, formerly of Shinglehouse, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a short illness. Born on Saturday, August 30, 1941 in Coudersport, he was a son of Attore J. and Josephine A. Mancuso Marzo. Jim was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1959. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Lock Haven State Teachers College in 1963 and his Master’s Degree from Mansfield State Teachers College in 1970. Jim spent his teaching career at the Oswayo Valley Elementary School in Shinglehouse from 1963 until retiring in 1997. During this time he was very involved in many of the elementary and high school activities. He enjoyed working at many extra jobs throughout his lifetime. He was a school bus driver, a bartender at the Coudersport Golf Club, a florist at the former Menschel’s Flowers and Gift Shop in Coudersport, a driver for Adelphia where he met many interesting people along the way, and lastly was a delivery person for Buchanan Brothers’ Pharmacy in Coudersport. Jim was a very active member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport and was a 4th degree member of Knights of Columbus Council 1355. Jim was a member and past president of the Shinglehouse Borough Council. He was also a member of the former Oswayo Valley Lions Club in Shinglehouse and also was involved in many activities throughout Shinglehouse while he was a resident. He was a member of many retired teacher professional organizations. Jim was also a member of Potter Players and Community Chorus in Coudersport. He was a world traveler, visiting 48 states and 22 countries. He loved to share his travels and adventures with everyone. He loved stopping at the casino to play Bingo and also enjoyed playing cards with his friends. He loved to decorate for Christmas and other holidays. He was famous for his desserts, cakes, and cookie recipes, especially his mother’s Italian cookie recipes. His family, friends and neighbors will miss his delicious cookies. He was a fun loving person and loved life. His family was extremely important to him. Left to cherish his memory are a sister, Mary M. (Richard) Buchanan of Coudersport; eight nieces and nephews, Joseph N. (Susan) Marzo, Jr. of Coudersport, John M. (JoAnn) Marzo of Williamsville, N.Y., Jerald L. (Susan) Marzo of Lafayette, N.Y., Mary L. (Darren) Wright of Cortland, N.Y., Thomas A. (Robin) Marzo of Owego, N.Y., Melanie S. Hunt of Sparta, N.J., Julie A. (Brian) McCusker of Coudersport, and Christie (Erik) Keglovits of Coudersport; twenty-four grandnieces and grandnephews; ten great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews; and a sister-in-law, Julie M. Marzo of Owego, N.Y. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by a brother, Joseph N. Marzo, Sr.; and a niece, Michele A. Evans. Family and friends are invited to call from 12:30pm to 2:15pm on Saturday, April 17, 2021, in the gathering space of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport. A Mass of Christian of Burial will be celebrated at 2:30pm with the Rev. James Campbell, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery, Coudersport. COVID-19 restrictions will be strictly adhered to, including social distancing and properly worn facial coverings. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 East Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Jim’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jim, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.


Mary, We are so very sad and sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was a good friend for such a long time, and I have so many wonderful memories of our times together.. Barb and I send our condolences, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Rick and Barb Wetzel Jun 3 2021 9:03 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Marzo

Susie Apr 24 2021 10:08 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Marzo

Karen Evingham Wyckoff - OV class of '73 Apr 17 2021 3:32 PM

RIP, Mr. Marzo. I will always remember you from my elementary days at OV.
Diane (Howard) Marsden (class of 84)

Diane Marsden Apr 16 2021 9:50 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Marzo

Patricia Clark Apr 16 2021 7:32 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Marzo

Gina Shall Apr 16 2021 9:59 AM

Mary, I was sad to read about Jim. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family.

Betty Hardes Apr 15 2021 6:37 PM

Jim was a great teacher! He will be sadly missed. Sincerely, Carole Troupe

Carole Troupe Apr 15 2021 12:00 AM

Jim was a cherished friend and creative coworker. We enjoyed many gatherings after basketball games, his delicious recipes he would share in the faculty room at Oswayo Valley Elementary school, and his joyful laughter. We fondly display the Christmas ornaments he made for our sons, Brian and Chris.Jim will always have a special place in our hearts.Mary and Dan Stavisky

Mary and Dan Stavisky Apr 15 2021 12:00 AM

My Thoughts & Prayers are with The Marzo Family during this Sad time. Jim was Always a Shining light to those he knew. I remember him fondly!!Peace & LoveBarb Hogan

Barb Hogan Apr 15 2021 12:00 AM

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