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Obituary for Marc Elliott Menichello

Marc Elliott Menichello, 67, of Brasstown, NC, entered into rest on Thursday, April 27, 2023. He left Earth and entered Heaven as a hero to both his family and those saved by the donation of his organs.

Marc was born to the late Albert and Helen (Sabetta) Menichello in Olyphant, PA, and raised in Old Forge, PA. A tempter of fate and a friend of luck, he was born to test fuses and live on the edge, filling his youth with all kinds of mischief and rebellion. While at his parents’ summer cabin in Moosic Lakes, PA, he met Colette, where they swam, hiked, and rode dirt bikes together; they went on to become best friends, lovers, spouses, and soulmates for life. In later years, they moved to a large, beautiful estate in Brasstown, NC. They loved starting their mornings with coffee on their deck while admiring the peace and tranquility of the wildlife, mountains, and lack of visible neighbors. He would end his evenings eating pistachios or ice cream, watching TV, or playing word games, while sitting side-by-side, hand-in-hand, with his wife.

A devoted and loving husband, father, brother, son, son-in-law, relative, and friend, Marc was a talented carpenter and mechanic who could build houses from scratch and fix anything that was broken. He was a self-taught drummer able to pick up beats in seconds who loved classic rock, Harleys, cars, and trucks, as well as mowing lawns on his tractor. He worked as a carpenter and maintenance mechanic for Volusia County Schools in Daytona Beach, FL, for 24 years, where he installed and maintained HVAC systems while enjoying other perks of the job: drinking diabetic-inducing sweet tea, unclogging sinks the kids filled with sand, hanging up the phone when put on desk duty, and snagging cans of WD-40.

He took pride in his vast tool collection, dream garage, favorite truck, and bursting key ring; but the thing that surpassed all else was his love for his wife, children, and dogs. He was a tender, emotional, hardworking man, who lived for his family. He will always be remembered for his beautiful smile, contagious laugh, and quick-witted remarks, along with the ability to recite lyrics and lines from any song or movie.

He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Helen (Sabetta) Menichello, father- and mother-in-law John and Helen (Talyain) Churi, brother Paul Menichello, brother-in-law John Smarkusky, and countless furry friends.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 48 years, Colette Menichello of Brasstown, NC; his son: Shane Menichello of Franklin, NC; his daughters: Amanda (“Mandy”) Filanowski (Kevin) of Franklin, NC, and Maria Menichello of Hayesville, NC; brothers and sisters: Andrea McFarland (Joe Mike) of Old Forge, PA; Marianne Bell (Roger) of Lake Ariel, PA; Gina Walters (George) of Jacksonville, FL; Judy Deakin (Tracey) of San Luis Obispo, CA; John Menichello of Jefferson Township, PA; and Carole Kovalchik (Mike) of Jefferson Township, PA; brother- and sisters-in-law: Marilyn Smarkusky of Ormond Beach, FL; Carol McAndrew of Bethlehem, PA; and John and Marianne Churi of Franklin, NC; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and furry (grand)children: Daisy, Lucky, Petunia, Reese, Shamu, Uno, Whiskey, and Yona.

A celebration of Marc’s life will be held at the Macon Funeral Home on Thursday, May 4, 2023. A viewing for friends and family will take place an hour prior to the service from 2:00 – 3:00 PM; the service will follow from 3:00 – 4:00 PM and be officiated by family friend Jodi Thomas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kessler Foundation (for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)), Bob Woodruff Foundation (for TBIs), or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.