Angelo Martinelli, the longtime former Mayor of Yonkers passed away peacefully in his sleep early Saturday morning. He was born in The Bronx on September 13, 1927 to Ralph and Rose Martinelli and grew up in Mount Vernon where he graduated from A.B. Davis High School. After serving his country in the Army, Angelo met the love of his life, Carol Madatto, at RKO Proctor’s where they both worked. . They were married in 1949 and began raising their family at 20 North 7th Avenue before settling in Yonkers in 1960.
His business roots were anchored in the family owned Gazette Press, Inc., In the early in early 1970s, Angelo entered the world of politics. He was elected Mayor six times. He will be most remembered for his principled stand leading the City through chaos of the desegregation case featured in the HBO miniseries Show Me A Hero (where he was played by his future friend, Jim Belushi).
Angelo was an entrepreneur who published numerous publications which evolved into an impressive family owned business, Today Media, Inc.. As Chairman of the Board, he presided over the success of Westchester & Hudson Valley Magazine, Delaware Today and Main Line Today. After leaving office he was a tireless promoter of his beloved City serving as: Chairman of the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce, the Queen’s Daughters Day Care Center and the Police Athletic League. He was also proud of his service as President of Henry S. Richards Boys & Girls Club and as a key board member of Hudson Valley Bank, St. Joseph’s Medical Center and the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy. Angelo was a devout Catholic and philanthropist who was honored to become a Knight of Malta.
He was a lifelong fan of his beloved NY Yankees, and proud subway alum of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. He was delighted to fund the magnificent restoration of the Temple of Love in Untermyer Park in honor of his marriage of 65 years to his beloved wife, Carol. Above all else they were most proud of the individual accomplishments oftheir six sons, their daughters-in-law and their grandchildren. Angelo touched the lives of countless people with his boundless enthusiasm, generosity, support, selflessness and love. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him.
He is survived by his brother Patrick (wife Valerie), and his sons, Michael (wife Jeanne), Paul (wife Lori), Robert (wife Alice), Richard (wife Beth Ann), Tom (wife Kathy) and Ralph (fiancé Halina). He is also survived by the next generations of Martinellis, his grandchildren, Jeanette, Michael, Jr. (and wife Jeanna), Lyda Jo (and husband Andreas), Chris (and wife Tami), Nick (and wife Bari), Christen, Jacqueline, Richard, Jr., Rose (and husband Matthew), Jack, Sean, Mackenzie and David; and his great grandchildren, Stefano, Ryan, Nick, Jr., Maci, Max, Lucas, Devin, Angelo and the anxiously awaited Domenica.
The family will be present at the Sinatra Memorial Home, 499 Yonkers Avenue on Wednesday and Thursday from 4 – 8 pm.. Mass of Christian Burial at the Monastery Church of the Sacred Heart on Friday at 10:30 am followed by internment at St. Mary’s Cemetery.