Ronald W. “Ron” Marinelli, 75 years of Morgantown, Pa., passed from his  physical body into the glorious presence of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, following a long battle with Covid.  He was well cared for and loved by all the doctors, nurses and staff there.

He was born on Sunday, January 5, 1947 in Teramo, Italy.  Ron was the son of the late Giuseppe and Chiara Marinelli.  He was the husband of Kathleen M. “Kathy’ (Thompson) Marinelli, with whom he shared 51 years of marriage. 

Ron’s parents in Italy made the difficult decision to immigrate to the USA to provide a better life for their three sons.  As a result, when he was 7 years old, Ron arrived  here after 11 days on a ship.  He became a naturalized US citizen in 1962 and began using the name Ronald in place of his Italian name Renato.  Ron served in the US Army Reserves from 1969 to 1975. He was a graduate of both West Chester University and Temple University Law School.  Ron worked as an attorney, employed as in house counsel for several title insurance companies.  He was a member of High Point Baptist Chapel and a men’s Bible study group.   Ron enjoyed reading, watching sports and old movies, delivering Meals on Wheels, times at Ocean City NJ, and especially fun times with all the family.

He is survived in addition to his wife, by a son, Gregory J. (Linda) Marinelli of Gainesville, FL, two daughters, Kara A. (Bill) Brooks of New Holland and Anna M. Marinelli of Denver, PA, two brothers, Pat Marinelli of Ridley Park and Dominic Marinelli of Greenville, SC. There are 5 grandchildren: Ronin, Lael, Zophia, Amaya, and Caleb, whom he loved dearly.  He was PopPop to them.  

A memorial service celebrating the life of Ron Marinelli will be held on Tuesday, April, 19 at 11:00 am at High Point Baptist Chapel, 200 Chapel Road, Geigertown, Pa., with Pastors Paul Caughill and John Lownes officiating.   Interment will be held with the family at the Petra Church Cemetery in New Holland prior to the service. 

Memorial contributions may be made in the memory of Ron to High Point Baptist Chapel.

Arrangement by The Labs Funeral Home, Inc. of Honey Brook, Pa. 

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To Kathy, We will miss Ron very much. Ron was such a good friend to us and we will miss him. You both were ever faithful friends to us at Bible Baptist Church and at High Point Baptist Chapel. We pray the Lord will bless you and give you peace. Cleette and Kevin Swymer

~ Cleette and Kevin Swymer Coatesville, PA
4/26/2022 2:00:55 PM

Dear Kathy and Family, We have many precious memories of our families together at Bible Baptist Church and West Chester Christian School and even living in the same neighborhood. Ron was a great guy. We have been praying for the Lord's comfort for you and your family. One of my (Ray) favorite memories of Ron is when Baptists for Life was first denied 501 3(c) status and Ron (who was providing volunteer legal advice) and I went to meet the the IRS agent to plead our case. Ron calmly laid out the facts, insisting that BFL was eligible and put together a brilliant rationale. The initial decision was rescinded and Baptists for Life of Chester County was granted its non-profit status. Someday we will all be rejoicing together in the presence of the Lord. That will be a wonderful day!

~ Ray Paget Jenison, MI
4/19/2022 1:34:33 PM

So sorry to hear about Ron's passing. He and my husband were the best of friends. We will miss him as a friend and neighbor. Blessings, Nancy Drummond

~ Nancy Drummond Morgantown, PA
4/18/2022 8:57:21 PM

My condolences to Anna and her family. Sorry for your loss.

~ James
4/17/2022 9:46:55 PM

Kathy, I am so sorry to learn of Ron's passing. My my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

~ Ann (Oxley) Cavallini Ocoee, FL
4/16/2022 2:19:22 PM

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