Little River, CA. - Michael Antonelli, aka Dr. Ible J. Morales, age 77, recently passed at San Francisco VA Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was the son of Carl and Rose Antonelli of Warren, Ohio.
He was a 1958 graduate of St. Mary’s/JFK High School where he lettered in basketball, and golf. He caddied as a young boy to make money and headed West at the age of 19 to seek the warmer weather of California.
Michael graduated from San Jose State University in 1963 with a degree in Business Administration. He was a member of the Air Force Reserves unit activated during the Pueblo Crisis. Michael was a lifelong learner and later went back to school to study photography which became a big part of his life. After an extensive career working in the Bay Area as a sales manager for Heinz, Sysco, and International Foodservice, Michal retired to the scenic Mendocino Coast with his second wife Alberta Cottrell Antonelli and enjoyed a new chapter in his life in Little River. Michael had time to pursue his passion for photography and managed a successful wedding photography business in Mendocino and had did exhibits of his work in Carmel and the Bay areas. He traveled extensively with wife Alberta and photographed many countries abroad. He was a member of the Mountain View CA. Flag football team that had won twenty championships. He also enjoyed his other big passion, golf, as a member of the Trumbull Country Club caddy golf team that won four consecutive Cleveland District Golf Association caddy championships, and in the Ohio State Team golf tournament he tied Jack Nicklaus for the low score in a practice round. He also had a hole in one at the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course in hole #5 and spent many hours with his golfing buddies at the Little River Golf Course.
Michael is survived by his daughter Kelly(Reino) Hautala, son Mike, Michaels (ex-wife Sharon), step-daughter Andria Cottrell Fenner, and 5 grandchildren Jennifer, Amanda, Trevor, Travis, and Anja, brothers Edward Antonelli of Howland and Carl (Gladys) Antonelli of Champion, sister Laurie (Fred) Epp of Columbiana, He also leaves behind his beloved dog Kia and cats Ruggy and Chicken Little.
He is preceded by his parents, his wife Alberta, and a sister-in-law Evelyn Antonelli.
A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 301 High St. NE, Warren, Ohio 44481.
Donations can be made in Mikes memory to Heroes Are Never Alone, 2946 Treeknoll Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45244 a nonprofit started by Mikes grandnephew, Connor Frantz, to assist United States Military Veterans with food, clothing, and housing.
Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary sign the guestbook and send condolences to the Antonelli family.