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Bruno J. Masnari

Bruno J. Masnari
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Bruno J. Masnari

September 18, 2017

Service Details

Bruno’s family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Rosary Service beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Deacon Bart Connelly as celebrant.

Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Antony Rajesh as celebrant.



Obituary Notice

Mr. Bruno Masnari, age 84, of Three Rivers, passed away on Monday, Sept. 18th 2017 at the Borgess Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Three Rivers, MI., on September 26, 1932 the son of the late Antonio and Giavanna (Lupato) Masnari.

Bruno attended and graduated from Three Rivers Schools in 1947 where he excelled at football, basketball, and golf. Upon graduation he began work at Michigan Gas and Electric. He later went on to earn an electronic technology degree from Western Michigan University in 1957. On September 28th of that same year Bruno was united in marriage to the love of his life Mrs. Marilyn “Micky” Masnari. From 1949 thru 1960 Bruno served his country in the National Guard Company B 246 Tank Battalion. Bruno continued his career with Michigan Gas Company garnering many positions and ultimately retired as Vice President of Operations.

Bruno and Marilyn raised three wonderful sons who all attended Three Rivers schools. Bruno was instrumental in starting and coaching both Rocket Football and Junior Pro Basketball. Bruno has served as a member of the Three Rivers Area Hospital Authority Board, Past Vice President of Three Rivers Rotary, Past President of Michigan Gas Association. Bruno was life member of the Three Rivers Elks, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Sauganash Country Club where he continued to play until just recently. He was a life long and faithful fan of Notre Dame Athletics.

Bruno was preceded in death by his loving parents, loving wife, Marilyn (McKee) Masnari; and very special brother Raymond Masnari with whom he shared many Three Rivers football and basketball games together.

Bruno leaves to cherish his loving memory, three sons, John (Terri), Steve (Belynda), and Dave Masnari, all of Three Rivers; two beloved granddaughters, Laurin and Linsey Masnari; brother, Nino (Judy) Masnari, and his children, Maria, Jeff and Mike; two special nieces Joanna and Russ Cannon and Jill Martin. Very special sister-in-law, Lori Masnari. Several great nieces and nephews.







Memorials may be directed to Three Rivers High School Football or Immaculate Conception School. Envelopes available at the funeral home.                     

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7 comments on article "Bruno J. Masnari"

Ruth Burson

John I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you

Tim Ryan

Three Rivers lost one of their best. Remember all of his contributions and celebrate the memories Bruno provided. He was a treasure that touched the lives of many. God Bless Bruno, and his tremendous family.

Beth Leverentz White

My deepest sympathy to the Masnari Family.

Judy (Gilchrist) Mohney

Steve, Belynda, Laurin and Linsey, please know we are sending our prayers to you all during this very difficult and sad time. Your dad and grandfather was a very special man and he will be remembered by many people including John and I.

Judy (Gilchrist) and John Mohney of Stayton, Oregon

Anne LeMense Walker

RIP old friend and classmate. It comforts me to think that you and Mickie are together again and with Raymond.

Eric Shafer

I knew Bruno both as an important member of the Three Rivers community and as a close friend of my father (Steve Shafer). As a Rotarian I am very much aware of the role he played when he was President of the Three Rivers club in 1990-1991 when he had the temerity to lead the club through the trying times that were created when the decision was made to let women join! Amazingly, what today would seem to be a benign decision, that move created quite a ruckus in the then strictly fraternal organization. Bruno led the club through that with diplomacy and quiet guidance that is still remembered and commented upon positively by many of the members.

Bruno was a lifelong friend of my father and I would like to share a story that he (my dad) told me about Bruno and several other buddies. One evening, in their senior year in high school, my dad, Steve Black and Jack Baker came traipsing through the back entrance to my grandparent's house on East St. My grandfather happened to be in the kitchen when they entered where they said hello to him and disappeared upstairs to my dad's bedroom. At that moment, my grandfather apparently didn't think anything about the rope that my dad had slung over his shoulder. My grandfather then went into the living room, settled into his easy chair next to a window and began reading the newspaper. A few minutes later something moving outside the window caught his eye and he looked up to see the end of a rope being lowered down to the ground. He waited patiently and, in a few moments, he saw a gallon jug of red wine being hauled past the window to the upper level of the house. He stood up to look out the window and saw Bruno, who had invaded his parents parlor and purloined the gallon jug of wine, intently watching the jug as it was being raised to make sure his knot didn't fail. I never did get to know how the story ended because, at this point in the telling, my dad was laughing so hard that he couldn't finish; but I can just imagine the deer in the headlight look on Bruno's face when he saw my grandfather staring at him through the window. :)

Mark Wright

I am sorry for your loss. My father, Deil (Sonny) Wright was a high school classmate. Bruno met with my 2 brothers and my sister and me in 2009 at Sauganash Golf Course after our Dad passed in 2009. We had come back from North Carolina to Three Rivers for a Memorial Service for Dad and was able to meet with Bruno and Jim Dal Ponte at the golf course where they shared wonderful stories of their times in Three Rivers. May the Lord Bless you all and keep you all in His Care. - Mark Wright

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