Wednesday, February 22, 2012


IVANO SAYS: The following Remembrance of Dan was first published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

Dominick A. "Dan" Petrolino
Aug. 25, 1928 - Feb. 19,2012
Resident of Santa Cruz
Dominick A. "Dan" Petrolino, passed away on February 19, 2012 at Dominican Hospital. He was 83. Dan was born on August 25, 1928 in Long Island, New York, the son of Luigi and Ermalinda (d'Andria) Petrolino. He moved to New Jersey as a young child and after high school graduation moved with his parents to California, settling in Mt View. Dan attended Santa Clara University and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
A resident of Santa Cruz since 1963, he worked many years for Sylvania and later for G T E retiring in 1990. Dan loved baseball and grew up going to Yankee Stadium. He continued to love the Yankees throughout his life. He spent summers going to the Jersey shore and camping in the Catskill Mountains.
He was a devout member of Holy Cross Church. He was also a member of the Marconi Club and the Italian Catholic Federation. He spent many years deeply involved in the Italian Catholic Federation and he served as Grand President of ICF from 1990-1993. He traveled extensively with the I.C.F. and through the organization met many dear and life- long friends.
Dan is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Diana Petrolino; two daughters, Patricia McNeal and Cori Gabbert; son-in-law, Mike Gabbert; two grandchildren, Alyssa McNeal and Alexis McNeal; sister-in-law, Betty Del Chiaro and nephew, David Del Chiaro. He is also survived by several cousins in California, on the east coast and in Italy.
A vigil prayer service and rosary will begin at Holy Cross Church 126 High St., Santa Cruz, CA, on Friday February 24, 2012 at 6:30pm. A Mass of Christian burial will follow beginning at 7:00 pm. A private interment will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Benito Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel. Please visit to sign the online guest book or to express your condolences to Dan's family.
The family wishes to express their sincerest appreciation to Dr. Surinder Kumar, Dr. Neil Sawhney and to the staff of Dominican Hospital Telemetry Care, ICU and Satellite Dialysis Center for their wonderful care and support.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Holy Cross Church or to your favorite charity .


IVANO SAYS (CONT'D): I will always remember all those parties held at the old Holy Cross Hall. As you cross "Il Ultimo Ponte" I am certain that Joe Gemignani, John Bruzzone, Jim Spinetti, Sal Locatelli and the rest of the ICFers who went before you, will be waiting for you --ready to throw another big party. Addio, Danny, until we meet again "Across Il Ultimo Ponte."

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