|Birth: ||Apr. 1, 1921|
|Death: ||Oct. 3, 2006|
Robert L. Biolo, age 85, former managing editor of the Mining Journal in Marquette, died Tuesday afternoon, October 3, 2006 at Marquette General Hospital after a short illness.
Mr. Biolo was born on April 1, 1921 in Iron Mountain, Michigan to the late Alexander and Lucia (Marchetti) Biolo.
He graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1938 and received his bachelor's degree from Lake Forest, Illinois College. He later graduated from the University of Notre Dame Midshipmen's School, where he was granted his ensign's commission in 1943.
Serving over two years in the Pacific Theater, Biolo participated in the invasions of Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, Leyte, Luzon and Iwo Jima. He received the Commendation Medal (Tarawa) and Presidential Unit Citation (Saipan). Following his release to inactive duty, Biolo was discharged as a lieutenant (senior grade).
He began working for the Mining Journal in January of 1946. He later managed Russell radio stations, served briefly as communications manager for Harnischfeger Corporation in Escanaba and worked as a state service officer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
In 1952, Biolo was named a trustee and secretary of the Shiras Institute. He later was elected president of the Shiras board and was the longest serving member of the non-profit agency, which is dedicated to supporting educational, cultural and recreational programs in the Marquette area.
Biolo served on the Marquette Shoreline Development Commission, was a former president of the Marquette Senior High School P.T.A., was president of the Marquette Little League and was president of St. Michael's Home and School Club. He was a member of the Marquette Kiwanis Club for 30 years, past member of the Community Chest Board as well as the board of directors of U.P. Catholic Social Services. He also was a past senior counselor of the United Commercial Travelers.
He was a member of American Legion Post #44 and the VFW.
Biolo served two six-year terms on the Michigan Board of Managers, overseeing state veterans homes in Marquette and Grand Rapids. In 1996 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the Michigan Department of Military Affairs, the highest civilian honor given by the department.
While with the Mining Journal, Biolo was given the Ernie Pyle Award by the VFW.
He was a member and longtime usher at St. Michael's Church, a member of its Men's Club and a member of the Marquette Golf Club.
Surviving include his wife, the former Norma L. Bartelli who he married on October 12, 1946 at Immaculate Conception Church in Iron Mountain; four children, R. Brendan (Sandra) Biolo of Marquette; Roberta J. (Rick) Everson of St. Louis, MO, Mary Lee Simmons of Augusta, GA and Tim J. Biolo of Marquette; eight grandchildren, Carrie Biolo, Marquette, Ben Everson, Boulder, CO, Nicholas and Jeffrey Everson of Chicago, IL, Rebecca Everson of St. Louis, MO, Lindsey Simmons, Augusta, GA, Stacey Simmons of Cincinnati, OH and Josh Biolo of Madison, WI; three great grandchildren, Clara, Lillian and Charlie Biolo-Thompson, all of Marquette; also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death besides his parents was a grandson, Chad Biolo; three sisters, Mary, Margaret and Angeline; six brothers, Peter, William, Joseph, Charles, Angelo and John.
Norma L Bartelli Biolo (1921 - 2011)*
Holy Cross Cemetery
Created by: Cheryll Cotten
Record added: Oct 06, 2006
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