Longtime LP Councilman DiSanto dies at 76

Photo courtesy of the city of Lincoln Park Lincoln Park Councilman Mario DiSanto died Aug. 18 at age 76. He served on the City Council for more than 15 years.

Photo courtesy of the city of Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park Councilman Mario DiSanto died Aug. 18 at age 76. He served on the City Council for more than 15 years.

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – City Councilman Mariano “Mario” DiSanto, 76, died Aug. 18 at his home after an extended illness.

He leaves his wife, Sandra; son Giuseppe (Elizabeth) DiSanto; daughters Nancy (Giuseppe) Mazzola and Angela (Trey) Reid; grandchildren, Mariano, Nicholas, Nina, Silvana and Vito; and three sisters, Angela, Brigida and Nilla.

His viewing was held March 20 and 21 at the Martenson Funeral Home of Allen Park. A funeral mass was held Aug. 22 at St. Vincent Pallotti Church in Wyandotte.

DiSanto was appointed to fill a council vacancy in 2001, and was successfully re-elected every term since.

Mayor Thomas Karnes said DiSanto was always “the voice of cement.”

“Anything to do with road maintenance or cement he was right up on top of, making sure the bills were paid the proper way and that everything went out according to Hoyle.”

Karnes said DiSanto voiced his opinion and voted his mind.

“He did what he felt was best for all of his citizens,” Karnes said. “He was a great voice for the city of Lincoln Park and I am sure he will be missed.”

DiSanto served on the local officers compensation commission from 1984 to 2001, the Lincoln Park Roads Committee in 1995, and the Department of Public Services Review Committee.

Councilman Thomas Murphy said he was first elected in 1975, and he cannot remember a sitting city official staying on the job until the end like DiSanto did.

Councilman Michael Higgins said DiSanto was a friend to everyone.

“I have seen him more than one time be someplace, do something out of the kindness of his heart,” Higgins said.

Councilman Larry Kelsey said DiSanto was a great mentor who will be missed.

“He helped me understand how the process worked,” Kelsey said. “He was always down at the DPS to make sure that the engineers in the city understand about taking care of the roads and the citizens first. I just want people to know that there are a lot of things that Mario did on a regular basis that people don’t realize.”

Councilman Chris Dardzinski said DiSanto was one of the most decent human beings he has ever known.

“A really good guy,” he said. “The first couple years when we would have spaghetti fundraisers for the Memorial Day Parade and however much time I put into my spaghetti sauce, Mario’s has just this little hint of garlic in his sauce and its those kind of things, folks – making a good Italian spaghetti sauce is no joke.

“I don’t know how many people know he did this for the parade committee. Little things like that are what Mario did for the city.”

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)