NILES - The family of Paul A. Nuzzi Sr., 91, gives thanks to God for the gift of his long and happy life, which came to an end on Friday, June 13, 2014, in the company of his children and extended family.
Born March 8, 1923, in Niles, Paul was the son of Umberto and Philomena Bernardino Nuzzi, both of whom immigrated from Italy in the early 1900s.
He attended Monroe Elementary School and graduated from Niles McKinley High School in 1941.
Following a short employment at McDonald Carnegie-Illinois, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in November 1942, undergoing basic training at Parris Island, and served at Fort Miflin, Pa. He was promoted to corporal aboard the USS Hocking during World War II and served in Okinawa and Guadalcanal before being wounded in action.
He returned home to Niles and was married on July 9, 1949, to Ann DePasquale, a marriage that would extend more than 60 years.
Paul worked his entire career in civilian defense for the federal government, holding various positions at the Ravenna Arsenal, the Parma Defense Depot, the Lordstown Ordnance Plant and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.
In retirement, he enjoyed gardening and traveling, often spending the winter months in Florida.
He was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and a much loved father, husband, grandfather, brother and uncle.
He is survived by his three children, Carolyn (Dr. Michael) Mokris of Orlando, Fla., Paul (Cathy) Nuzzi of Girard and the Rev. Ronald Nuzzi of Granger, Ind. His six grandchildren brought much joy and pride into his life, and he delighted in sharing in all of the significant moments of their lives, from first communions and graduations to baptisms and weddings. His grandchildren are Dr. Patrick (JoAnn) Mokris of Winter Park, Fla., Mary Beth Mokris of Arlington, Va., Michael Paul Mokris of Trappist, Ky., Anne (Michael) Schnaus of Edina, Minn., Jennifer (Michael) Harris of Powell and Matthew (Jessica) Nuzzi, also of Powell. Four great-grandchildren were a special blessing and gave the family a four generation span in recent years, Patrick George, Jack and Charlotte Mokris of Winter Park, Fla., and Kayla Harris of Powell. Two more great-grandchildren are eagerly anticipated in the near future. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Rose DePasquale and Mary Ellen Nuzzi, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann, on April 11, 2011; and by his brothers, Michael Nuzzi, James (Jack) Nuzzi, Joseph Orleans and Al (Tony) Orleans; and his sisters, Dorothy (Sabella) Nuzzi and Genevieve Simeone.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Joseph Rossi Funeral Home, 451 Robbins Ave., Niles, including a prayer service at 7 p.m. conducted by Deacon Michael Hanshaw. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 381 Robbins Ave., Niles, with Paul's son, the Rev. Ronald Nuzzi of the University of Notre Dame, presiding, preceded by a 10:30 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Niles City Cemetery.
Inspired by the compassionate care provided to many loved ones, the family respectfully requests any material donations be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 5000 E. Market St., Warren, in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
Family and friends can view this obituary, sign the guestbook and send email condolences at www.josephrossifuneralhome.com.