Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Mario Charlie Fiorio

Julie's dad passed away.

Mario Charlie Fiorio - Born: November 28, 1929, Died: April 29, 2023

Mario was called to his eternal home on April 29, 2023 joining his wife, Ines, of 63 years who preceded him on May 23, 2017.

Born in San Francisco to Gaspare and Maria Fiorio, who immigrated from Italy through Ellis Island, his family moved to Gilroy when he was five. He proudly served his country in the Korean war in the Army’s 7th Cavalry division. In July of 1954 Mario married the love of his life, Ines Barbara Valbusa, and together they began the dance of life together and building their Legacy. Mario’s strong faith and love of family and friends guided him throughout his life. As he said “Without family… you have nothing.”

Mario is the father of Julie (John) Tomasin of Windsor, CA, Francine (Jon) Vorhees of Granite Bay, CA, Carol (Arliss) Duncan of Carmel Valley, CA, Danny (Dina) Fiorio and Richard (Ann) Fiorio of Gilroy, CA. He is “Nono”, and much loved by his grandchildren David (Lo), Chris, and Mikey Tomasin, Josh and Justin (Kara) Vorhees, Carissa and Danny (Rachael) Duncan, Hannah (Ben) Tyler, ZoĆ« (Gabe) Calara , Bailey Fiorio, and Ryan, Graden, and Luciano Fiorio. Mario is affectionately known as “Bis Nono” to his great grandchildren Nathan Mario and Mia Vorhees, Griffin Tyler, and Lucas Calara, with three more joining the crew this year.

Mario is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Yvonne (Robert) Valencia, Ines’ parents Mariano and Elisa Valbusa, sisters in laws Esther (Joe) Perucca and Celeste (Marty) Zamzow and brother in law Lino (Irene) Valbusa.

Mario’s love of farming and tending to plants, instilled by his father, endured throughout his farming career, in his own garden, and in his “La Baracca” vineyard. He shared his love of gardening at Merrill Gardens and with his children and grandchildren who go to him for wisdom and guidance on life and growing their own gardens. Mario’s sons followed in his farming footsteps.

Mario was actively involved with ICF (Polenta dinner with his famous Stew), and a member of American Legion Gilroy Post #217, Farm Bureau and the Elks. He was the grower and winemaker of his own label, “La Baracca”.

Mario’s family wishes to thank the wonderful people at Merrill Gardens and Hospice for their loving care during his extended illness.

The family would appreciate donations to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at, Northern California Chapter or St. Mary School.

Vigil will be on May 21, 2023, 7:00pm, at Habing Family Funeral Home. Funeral Mass Monday May 22, 10:00am, at St. Mary Church, Gilroy. Entombment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Gilroy. Reception will follow.

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