Ralph Bizzaro, 95, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Bradford, passed away on Tuesday (Nov. 13, 2012) at the Westminster-Thurber Community, Columbus, Ohio.
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He was born on Oct. 28, 1917, in Smethport, a son of the late Anthony and Marianonnae Cucuzza Bizzaro. On May 1, 1943, in the St. Bernard Catholic Church, he married Geraldine M. Vicere, who passed away on June 17, 2008.
He was employed by the Dresser Manufacturing Co. for over 45 years; retiring in 1982.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II; having served in the Pacific Theatre. While in the Army he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his actions in the Philippines.
He was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the La Stella Lodge, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and a member of the Ramblers Association for many years. He was an associate member of the Marche Club and he volunteered for the Bradford Area United Way for a number of years. He loved to play golf in his younger years and he just enjoyed being outdoors.
He is survived by two sons, Tom (Ann) Bizzaro of Carmel, Ind., and Pat (Bonnie) Bizzaro of Columbus; one sister, Josephine Petillo of Bradford; three granddaughters, Amelia Bizzaro of Milwaukee, Wis., Sarah Bizzaro of Carmel, and Lindsay (Bill) Eiseman of Columbus; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Emma of Carmel; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was also preceded in death by one sister, Marion Luzzi; and five brothers, Pat Bizzaro, Ben Bizzaro, Mike Bizzaro, Frank Bizzaro and Tony Bizzaro.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Mascho Funeral Home Inc. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at the St. Bernard Catholic Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata as celebrant. A Christian wake service will be held at 4:45 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
Members of the LaStella Lodge will call as a group at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
Entombment and military honors will be in the St. Bernard Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the St. Bernard School, 450 West Washington St., Bradford, PA 16701.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Nov. 16 to Nov. 22, 2012