February 14, 1923 – March 15, 2022
BLOOMINGTON – Mario Mancinelli of Bloomington died on March 15, 2022 at the age of 99. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy, and brother, Aldo. Surviving are: his daughter, Cynthia Mancinelli; his son, Christopher Mancinelli (Lisa); and his granddaughter, Nikolina Mancinelli.
Mario attended Ohio State University and graduated Cum Laude in 1947 with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music. In 1948 he accepted an invitation to teach strings, chamber music, and conduct the student orchestra at Illinois Wesleyan University and retired in 1983 after 35 years. He was also a faculty member at the renowned Brevard Music Center for 25 years.
An avid musician and conductor, Mario was a member of the American String Teachers Association, American Federation of Musicians, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and honorary member of Phi Kappa Phi. He was an accomplished violinist and played regularly in several central Illinois orchestras, including the Illinois, Bloomington-Normal, Peoria, Danville, and Millikin-Decatur Symphonies.
Mario loved crossword puzzles, playing and listening to classical music, playing cards and watching the Indy 500, baseball world series and Olympic sports. He was a longtime member of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Bloomington.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Bloomington or a charity of the donor’s choosing. Condolences and memories may be left for the family at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/10629210.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Westminster Village (2025 East Lincoln Street, Bloomington, Illinois 61701). Private burial will precede the memorial service.
Published by The Pantagraph on March 27, 2022.