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Mario “Da Pappi” Corral

July 1, 1973 January 24, 2020
Mario “Da Pappi” Corral
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Obituary for Mario “Da Pappi” Corral

Mario “Da Pappi” Corral, has left this mortal realm on Friday, January 24, 2020. His wife thinks he did it on purpose to avoid buying her a Valentines gift. Instead of a purse, he left behind a heck of a lot of stuff she has no idea what to do with. He confided to close friends that his greatest fear in life was that she will sell his tools and car parts for what he told her he paid for them. So, if you are in the market for a super charged Toyota Tacoma, custom built Nissan 300zx engine or any other car parts, you should wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch. Tomorrow would be fine.

On July 1, 1973, his family celebrated his birth and was introduced as the youngest son of Alfredo Sr. and Elodia (nee Gomez) Corral. The most obedient of four children, he lived to honor his parents, vowed to never disappoint and always make them proud.

Self-anointed king of older brothers, Martin (Maria) Gutierrez and Alfredo (Dulce) Corral Jr., he happily spent his childhood giving marching orders and generally tormenting them. Then four years after when the only princess of the family was born, he became the older brother of Eva (Fermin) Perez. His world was changed forever and instantly demoted from being a royal highness to a babysitter.

Mario lived 1000 years in the 46 calendar years we had with him because he attacked life, grabbed it by the lapels, kissed it and swung it back onto the dance floor. He had inspired and touched lives far more than most can do in their lifetime.

At a very young age, he demonstrated passion for cars and anything mechanical. As a young child, he built his first train by modifying the locomotive’s circuit board to operate the trains on additional tracks causing constant circuit breaker trips. Their basement housed his first railway system. This served to be his first of many electrical and mechanical projects.

His professional career started in third grade, when he would fix other kids’ bicycles for a fee. At age 11, he moved up to delivering newspapers using self-built bicycle from scrap parts.

In 1992 he met his mentor, Steve Harry, who opened the world of opportunity in IT for him. Determined not to let him down, Mario became an IT Manager at just 19 years of age, without a computer background. He paid it forward by giving opportunities to others who did not have the education or background but highly motivated to better themselves. These employees became life-long friends and went on to succeed in the IT world, giving him a great sense of fulfillment.

He became a real estate investor at tender age of 21 when he bought his first house. Before there were fixer-upper shows on HGTV, he was already in the house flipping business. The renovation of the two-unit property was completed by himself, which elevated his handy-man status to exceptional.

A skateboarder, motorcycle rider, wrestler, marathon runner, trainer, inventor, architect, plumber, electrician, computer geek, chef, etc., Mario is a jack of all trades and an automobile master. He could tell you the make and model of any automobile you would see on the road anytime, every time.

Mario had a life-long love affair with his 1990 Nissan 300zx. Their story goes way back in 1994 after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma and given 6 months to survive. Those who love him knows that Mario was a very stubborn guy. He wrote his own rules, he fought the odds and determined to pave his own way. If you said he couldn’t do it; he would make sure he could. Everyone knows better that you don’t take a swing at Mario and not expect one back, or two. Mario beat the disease and continued to live for more than 25 years, he bought the Z, rebuilt its engine, modified the specs and converted it to twin-turbo. Then he moved on to accomplish his dream of having a beautiful family.

If you are wondering if you may have ever met him, you didn’t – because you WOULD remember. Sorry for those who missed out on once in a life-time opportunity to be touched by his generous heart, overpowering charisma and radiating positivity. Mario is a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important – the simplicity of living a life with those you love. He was the type of man that people would go out of their way at the drop of a dime to come see. He had touched lives from different walks of life. It does not matter if you are the U.S. president or living in a shelter home. He would take the same amount of time to listen to your story and make sure that you feel someone cares about you.

Of all the people he touched, his most proud achievement in life was building a beautiful family with wife, Renelle Corral. He lived up to his promise of giving her the best care and the most love she deserves. He helped achieve her best potential and supported all her dreams. Both feel blessed to have found true love in this lifetime.

He is a loving Pappi to daughter Marielle and son MJ Corral. Seeing them grow into who they were supposed to be brought a wonderful sense of meaning to his life. He enjoyed spending quality time with them and show them how to be street smart. He issued the following public warning to the boys who would want to date his daughter in the future. “I may not be around to physically harm you, beware that Marielle, like her dad, holds a black belt in Shotokan-Ryu and is very much capable of incapacitating you before you can hurt her.” On the other hand, MJ is not only a spitting image of his dad but also acquired his wittiness and charm and already in the right trajectory to surpass his dad’s accomplishments.

Mario is a beloved son-in-law of Renato and Susan Ramos, grandson-in-law of Carmelita Parreno, brother-in-law of Rhanae (Walter) Parreno, ReneGil (Kathryn) Ramos and Dominic Ramos and fond grandson, nephew, cousin, uncle and friend of many.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 31st, 3:00-9:00 PM, at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill Street, Naperville.

A Mass of Catholic burial will be celebrated Saturday, February 1st, 10:30 AM at St Joseph Catholic Church, 722 High Street, Aurora, with Fr. Jerry Leake, officiating.

Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery.

A Celebration of Mario’s Life Luncheon will be held Saturday, February 1st, 1:00 PM at St Joseph Catholic School Gymnasium, 706 High Street, Aurora.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions would be appreciated to assist with the future education of his children and can be made to Marielle & MJ Corral, sent to 518 Palace Street, Aurora IL 60506.

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For more information, please call (630) 355-0213 or visit www.friedrich-jones.com


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Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

31

Jan

3:00 PM 1/31/2020 3:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 1/31/2020 9:00:00 PM
Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home

44 S. Mill St.
Naperville, IL 60540

Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home
44 S. Mill St. Naperville 60540 IL
United States

Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday

1

Feb

10:30 AM 2/1/2020 10:30:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church

722 High St.
Aurora, IL 60505

St. Joseph Catholic Church
722 High St. Aurora 60505 IL
United States

Reception

Saturday

1

Feb

1:00 PM 2/1/2020 1:00:00 PM
St. Joseph Catholic Church Gym

722 High St.
Aurora, IL 60505

St. Joseph Catholic Church Gym
722 High St. Aurora 60505 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Riverside Cemetery Final Resting Place

414 N River St,
Montgomery, IL 60538

414 N River St, Montgomery 60538 IL
United States
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