WARREN - Fiorenio J. "Fio" Nuzzi, 87, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 at St. Joseph Health Center with his loving family by his side.
Fio was born Sept. 27, 1924, in Baxter, W.Va., the son of Giovanni "John" Nuzzi and Anna Pasquerella Nuzzi.
He was proud to serve our country in the U.S. Army First Class Company L, 137th Infantry. His military occupation specialty was rifleman 745, serving in the battles and campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes. His decorations and citations received include EAME theater ribbon with five bronze stars per WD GO #33/45, a Purple Heart and Victory Medal WWII. While serving in the Army, Fio was a profound boxer, earning him the name "Rock of Gibraltar," with numerous TKOs.
Following his return home, he married the love of his life, Helen (Letosky) Nuzzi, on Oct. 19, 1946, and together they raised three children. He supported his family by working at Brainard Strapping Steel for 41 years and serving as union president before his retirement.
Fio was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, a member of the K of C 620 council and the VFW of Warren. In his spare time, he enjoyed working at the Warren Italian American Festival, driving and watching football.
He is survived by and will be dearly missed by his daughters, Joyce (Rick) Sperko and Janice (Michael) Clark; a son, Michael; a sister, Rose; four grandchildren, Michelle, Katie, Gail and Lora; two great-grandchildren, Ashley and Lola; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Fio was preceded in death by his loving wife, Helen; two brothers, Dominic and Joe; three sisters, Rosie, Berlina and Virginia; a grandson, Brian Fio Koehn; and his parents, John and Anna.
Funeral services will be noon Monday at SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church. Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Roberts Clark Chapel.
Interment will be at All Souls Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Lane Family Funeral Homes, Roberts-Clark Chapel.
To view the obituary online and send condolences, visit robertsclarkchapel.com.