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C. Jason Smith - LIC, Co-Owner
Catherine A. Smith, LAFD, Co-Owner


Ronald Vincent Marrara

February 7, 1950 ~ August 9, 2019 (age 69)

Ronald Marrara was a man defined by his love of God and his love of family. His family had him for 69 years, and on August 9, 2019, he went back to God.

Ron was a charismatic Catholic who invited all to pray with him. He and his wife, Melinda, supported the Divine Mercy Prayer Group of St. John’s University Parish and Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations for over 20 years as well as assisting in the acquisition of a first class relic of St. Faustina for St. John’s University Parish.

He was a prayerful man who walked and lived in the Spirit of God and welcomed and heeded the voice of God in every day of his life. His spiritual counsel was widely sought and respected.

Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Virginia University in 1973 with dual majors in social studies comprehensive and biology and general science. Early in his career, he worked on strip mines with his family and as a science teacher at Kingwood High School. He also worked for the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). He received training as an EMT and mulled over going to medical school, but ultimately found the job God called him to as a surface safety inspector for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), where he worked with distinction and a fair hand for 36 years. He was absolutely dedicated to the safety of the mine workers and logged thousands of unpaid hours in order to ensure that they both stayed working and that they made it home to their families. He loved his job and considered it a gift from God to him.

He is survived by his wife, Melinda, whom he was married to for almost 48 years; by his children and their spouses Melanie (Stephen) Nehilla, Thaddeus (Emily) Marrara, Mary (Matthew) Hagedorn, April Marrara; 12 grandchildren; his siblings and their spouses, Joseph (Angela) Marrara Jr. and Joanna (Gary Hilgar) Marrara; many beloved cousins, nieces, and a nephew; and uncountable numbers of spiritual brothers, sisters, and children, particularly Danielle McDonald and her husband Mike and their children Dymond Farley and Kyliyah McDonald, and Weena Gaulin. He was surrounded by the love he created and invited into his life.

Family and friends may join together to honor Ron’s life and legacy at St. John University Parish, 1481 University Ave., Morgantown on Monday, Aug. 12th from 6-8 PM, Tuesday, Aug. 13th from 1-3 & 6-8 PM and on Wednesday, Aug. 14th from 9 AM until the celebration of his Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in the church with Father Walter Jagela as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Howesville, WV.

Divine Mercy will be offered at 7:30 PM Tuesday evening in the church to conclude the visitation.

In lieu of flowers, which would have simply made him sneeze, the family invites you to donate to your favorite charity and asks that you request masses in Ron’s name. We also invite you to look up the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy of Jesus and to pray the Divine Mercy Prayer to ask God for Mercy for Ron’s Immortal Soul and for your own.

Professional services are being provided to the family with the guidance of Smith Funeral & Cremation Care of Westover / Morgantown.

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