Obituaries

Arnold J. Mariani

September 20, 1956 - September 14, 2021

Arnold J. Mariani

Obituary

Arnold J. Mariani, 64 of Rockford, IL, and formerly of Belvidere, IL, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, September 14th from complications related to his treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Arnold was born September 20, 1956, in Chicago, IL the son of Arnold J. and Alice M. (Barthelemy) Mariani. He married Sarah J. Erwin on November 19, 1988, at First United Methodist Church in Belvidere. Arnold spent his career in law enforcement with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department where he retired as sergeant in 2009 after 32 years of service and protection.

One of his main goals in life was to provide for his family. When he learned of his diagnosis he single-mindedly set about making sure his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters would be well taken care of, and that his legacy would live on through the generations. He loved to spoil his granddaughter, Quinn, and was looking forward to spoiling his new granddaughter. Always concerned about John and his family, he was smoking meat in preparation for the arrival of the new baby when he decided he needed to go to the hospital. 

Arnold was inspirational to many people in pursuing challenging goals, whether it be running a marathon, becoming a police officer, or investing for the future. His influence was exemplified in his work with the Police Explorers and his support of elderly community members. 

Arnold spent his time riding his bike, exercising, hanging out with his buddies at the gym, traveling, and keeping his yard perfect. He was a Chicago sports fan who took pride in flying the “W” flag.He was an avid whiskey collector who enjoyed visiting distilleries and fine spirit stores wherever he travelled. Friends and fellow enthusiasts were regularly lured to his bar to share a wee dram and hear his vast knowledge on the subject. His fondness for animals was such that he relocated squirrels and chipmunks from his yard to a new home so they wouldn’t dig up his lawn. He also let his granddog, Tessa, sample the meat he smoked, walk on his wood floors, and even sleep in his bed. 

Arnold is loved and will be missed by his wife, Sarah; son, John (Jennah) Mariani; granddaughter, Quinn; and granddaughter on the way. He is preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors and other medical staff at Javon Bea/Mercy Hospital, Swedish American Regional Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Rochester MN, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and University of Washington Medical Center. We will be forever grateful for their compassion and tireless efforts.

A visitation will begin at 1:00pm, Sunday, September 26, at 10333 Springborough Drive, Rockford, IL 61107. A celebration of life will follow at 3:00 in the same location, followed by a time of fellowship and light refreshment. 

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made online at https://secure.seattlecca.org or sent to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, PO Box 24385, Seattle, WA 98124-0385. Checks may be made payable to SCCA with indication that they are in memory of Arnold Mariani; or you can register to be a bone marrow donor through Be The Match.

Service Schedule

Sunday, September 26, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

10333 Springborogh Drive, Rockford, IL 61107

10333 Springborogh Drive
Rockford, IL 61107

A visitation will begin at 1:00pm, Sunday, September 26, at 10333 Springborough Drive, Rockford, IL 61107.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 26, 2021
3:00 pm

10333 Springborogh Drive, Rockford, IL 61107

10333 Springborogh Drive
Rockford, IL 61107

A visitation will begin at 1:00pm, Sunday, September 26, at 10333 Springborough Drive, Rockford, IL 61107. A celebration of life will follow at 3:00 in the same location, followed by a time of fellowship and light refreshment.

 

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made online at https://secure.seattlecca.org or sent to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, PO Box 24385, Seattle, WA 98124-0385. Checks may be made payable to SCCA with indication that they are in memory of Arnold Mariani; or you can register to be a bone marrow donor through Be The Match.

 

 

 

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Many memories of Arnie talking with me at Video Goldmine and him visiting with Don. He was always an inspiration to all that knew him. Prayers for you and your family.

Sally Norek 2021-09-23T10:21:31

Our condolences to Sarah, John,and their family,Arnie was a great man!!! I was just talking with him last week.He will be sorely missed!! R.I.P.

Brian&Donna Dussault 2021-09-20T20:01:27

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Arnold. He was such a wonderful neighbor to our Dad and a great man. He did so much for Frank and we are forever grateful. Hugs and prayers for your family at this difficult time.

Warren and Vickie Lyford 2021-09-19T19:31:44

John & Jennah,
So sorry to read of your father’s passing.
My thoughts & prayers are with you & family.

Marcia Henneberry 2021-09-19T12:46:40

I’m very sorry for your loss. My prayers for comfort are with you

Cheryl sturges 2021-09-18T22:20:09

Mariani Family. We are very sorry for the loss of Arnold. Arnold was a true Guardian and friend!!

Mordt Family 2021-09-17T13:17:37

Sarah, John & family,
We are so sorry for your loss Arnie was a great person to our family and the community. He will be missed by many. I’m sure Judd and him are catching up on things in heaven. May the good Lord hold you in his loving arms during this most difficult time.

The Daniels' & Vance families 2021-09-17T08:45:31

My thoughts, and prayers are with your whole family. God Speed Arnie !

Dave Mays 2021-09-17T07:42:58

Sarah and family, so very sorry to hear about Arnie. Sending hugs, thoughts, and prayers for everyone. Please take care!

Karen Anderson 2021-09-16T19:59:36

Sarah and family, so sorry to hear about Arnie. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Becky Bottcher 2021-09-16T19:06:52

Arnie you were a great officer to work with. Always kind and helpful. So sorry for your wife and family’s loss. 🙏🙏🙏

Linda Bouback 2021-09-16T18:52:27

Our sincere and deepest condolences. Our hearts, prayers and love are with you and your family. We know Arnie will forever be in your and so many other’s hearts.

Deanna and Don 2021-09-16T18:24:01

Our deepest heartfelt condolences to your family at this heartbreaking time. Words are in adequate to console or convey our sentiments to you. Just know that we are with you in spirit during this difficult time.

Peter Scott 2021-09-16T17:26:58

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