Oct. 15, 1927 - March 9, 2013

A Mass of Christian Burial for Peter A. Mardino, a retired plumber and Army veteran from South Buffalo, was offered Wednesday at the Holy Family worship site of Our Lady of Charity Catholic Church, 1885 South Park Ave.

Known for his work ethic, his talent as a gardener and his devotion to family, Mr. Mardino died March 9 in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 85.

Raised in Angola, Buffalo and North Collins, he joined the Army in 1945 and served two years at Fort Belvoir, Va., where he specialized in the operation of construction machinery.

An expert plumber, Mr. Mardino worked for several local plumbing firms over more than four decades before retiring in 1993 from the Seneca Management Corp.

After the death of his wife of 54 years, Viola Albarella Mardino, in 2003, he devoted much of his time to his favorite hobby, growing tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables in the big garden behind his home.

“He loved leaving bags of tomatoes and peppers on the doorknobs at the homes of his friends and people in his family,” recalled one of his daughters, Sandra Heaney. “He took a lot of pride in that. You always knew where they came from, and they were always delicious.”

Disappointed that he never finished high school before joining the Army, Mr. Mardino was determined after his wife’s death to resume his high school studies and earn a General Equivalency Diploma, which he did in 2006.

In addition to his daughter Sandra, he is survived by another daughter, Linda Shepard; a sister, Angie Sherman; and five brothers, Samuel, Neil, James, Robert and Richard.