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Louis Mazzoli


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Mazzoli, Louis
1941 - 2017
Louis Anthony Mazzoli, age 75, died on July 26, 2017. He was born to Luigi and Domenica Mazzoli on August 30, 1941, in New Kensington, PA. Survived by his wife of 51 years, Joan; sons, Louis (Lauren) Mazzoli of Solon, Joseph (Bobbie and Landon Soales) Mazzoli of Gahanna and Michael (Georgann) Mazzoli of Lewis Center; six grandchildren, Gabrielle, Lydia, and Dominic, Vincent, Roman, and Nolan. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Vickie Roolf of New Kensington and Mrs. Paula (Buddy) Holmes of Springdale, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Springdale High School in 1959. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education in 1963 from California State University, followed by a Masters in Educational Administration from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 1965, and Doctor of Education in Special Education in 1973 from the University of Pittsburgh. He started his early professional career as a teacher of the multi-handicapped with the Allegheny County Educational Service Center in Pittsburgh in 1963. He was appointed Principal of the Lincoln Special Education Center in Wheeling, WV in 1969 and served there until 1974 when he accepted a position with the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities as Commissioner for the Northern part of the State of Ohio. From 1976 to 1983 he served as the Executive Director of the Central Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center, serving the 57 central Ohio districts, to meet the needs of special needs students in the local school districts. He was appointed Commissioner for the State of Ohio for the Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and served from 1983 to 1985. During the next 12 years he worked for the Columbus Public School District in various administrative positions including the Executive Director of Special Education and Student Services. From 1997 to 2008 he served as Superintendent of the Ohio State School for the Blind. He retired in 2008 with 45 years of service to children and adults with special needs. He was actively involved in various local, state, and national support groups for improving programs and services for special needs populations. In 1990, he was invited by President Bush to attend the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the South Lawn of the White House. His greatest source of pride in his life was his wife and children. When given the opportunity he would tell endless stories of their accomplishments, which ranged from working on race cars, remodeling homes, and being his legal advisor. The children and grandchildren were a true source of pride and joy. Friends may call 3-6 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the SCHOEDINGER NORTHEAST CHAPEL 1051 E. Johnstown Road, Gahanna. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Monday, July 31 at St. Elizabeth Church 6077 Sharon Woods Blvd. Fr. Ramon Owera, Celebrant. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Ohio State School for the Blind Parent Teacher Staff Foundation – General Fund at 5220 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214. To share memories and condolences, please visit www.schoedinger.com
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 29, 2017
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