Marvin A. Ameil
Sept. 9, 1924 – April 8, 2014
Resident of Santa Cruz
Passed away April 8, Sacramento. 7th generation Californian born September 9, 1924, Santa Cruz to Joseph and Mable Ameil. Married Patricia Ann Beard October 20, 1946, Garfield Park Christian Church. Longtime employee of H.H. Ledyard & Company and Santa Cruz Police Reserve. WWII veteran, U.S. Army, wounded and decorated in Pacific Theater of Operations, Northern Solomons, Bougainville. Numerous awards and citations including Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, WWII Victory Medal.
Preceded by wife, Patricia and sister, Verna Ameil Whitaker. Survived by son, Richard Ameil (Dean); daughters, Janet (George) Arnott and Judi (Tom) Vlassis; grandchildren, Melanie (Mike) O'Connor, Jamie (Lannis) Pope, George (Abby) Arnott, Jr., and Ashley (Curtis) Knight; and nine great grandchildren.
Memorial service May 8, 2:00 p.m. Santa Cruz Memorial Mission Chapel.
Ivano says (Cont'd): Pictured below is Marvin Ameil as a Santa Cruz Police Reserve working the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.
And pictured below, (center, on the drums) is Marvin's father, Figlio della Costa (Son of the Coast), Joseph "Black Joe" Ameil with his band, performing on a Santa Cruz North Coast Ranch. The occasion was my father's (Gervasio "Bronco" Comelli) going away party in 1931. My father was returning to Italy to find hinself a bride (my mother Valentina Bressani). My father is the fellow center left, front row, with bow tie.
Addio Marvin Ameil. Until we all meet again, "Across il Ultimo Ponte" (The last Bridge).
Born the youngest son of Immigrant parents from the Friuli Region in Northeastern Italy, I was raised on a "rancio" on the North Coast of Santa Cruz. In 1959 I graduated from San Jose State College and joined the City Police Force. I retired in 1989 with the rank of Captain. In 2001, my article, "Wrong Side of the Highway," was published in the book, "Una Storia Segreta: The Secret History of Italian American Evacuation and Internment during World War II" (Heyday Books). "La Nostra Costa" (Our Coast),which covers my family's journey to and from the north coast, roughly covers the period between 1923 to 1983. It is my first book.
LA NOSTRA COSTA (OUR COAST)
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