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A Funeral Mass for Mr. Tony Lasuzzo, 94, of Monroe, will be celebrated at 11:30 AM, Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church with Father Matthew Long and Rev. David Richter officiating. Interment will be in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Monroe.
Tony Lasuzzo was born in Monroe, LA, on October 6, 1918 and died on January 17, 2013, at the age of 94. A lifetime resident of Monroe, Tony Lasuzzo was a member of Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
He was preceded in his death by his wife, Marie Zagone Lasuzzo; his parents, Sam Lasuzzo, Sr. and Mary Farace Lasuzzo; sisters, Mary Scalia, Anna Colichia, Sara Sparacino, Rose Gaskins, Grace Peters, Gussie Schott and Josephine Cascio; and brothers, Joe Lasuzzo, Charlie Lasuzzo, Sam Lasuzzo, and Camille Lasuzzo.
Survivors include his children: Marianne Comegys and husband Stafford of Shreveport, LA; Anthony (Skeeter) Lasuzzo and wife Marolyn of Pottsboro, TX; Brenda George of Monroe, LA; and Michael Lasuzzo and wife Rita of Waxahachie, TX. Grandchildren are Kristi Lasuzzo, Blake Lasuzzo and wife Lily, Jamie Cook, Tracee Lasuzzo, Michael Lasuzzo II and fiancée Rebeca and Matt Lasuzzo. Great grandchildren are Trey Cook, Trent Cook, Bella Lamay and Michael Lasuzzo III.
A World War II veteran, Tony served with the 547th Army Medical Detachment stationed in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland and England. He was assigned to the 95th Infantry - Anti Aircraft Medial Detachment.
Living a full and successful life, Tony married Marie Zagone in 1948 and in 1953 decided to go into business with his brother Sam and opened a service station on Forsythe Avenue. Initially, the station was Sam and Tony's Esso, but later became Sam and Tony's Forsythe Phillips 66 Service Station. For the next 38 years, the two brothers welcomed customers with their sign, "Welcome to a REAL service station." The sign gave a true picture of their commitment to their customers and mirrored their service to the community.
Tony Lasuzzo loved and adored his family and cherished his many friendships by living his life to the fullest. Since 1984, he was seen walking each morning in his neighborhood three miles a day rain or shine. Demonstrating true neighborly spirit, he made a point of speaking to everyone along the way, and always took time to place newspapers at the front doorstep of many.
Having graduated from Neville High School in 1937, Tony was an enthusiastic fan of the Neville Tigers. In fact, for the past 37 years, you would find Tony and Marie in their seats at the top of the stadium. He missed very few games. His commitment to the Neville football team was displayed in his service station. He had posters from 1976 through 1990 with the scores of each game for those football seasons. A true part of Neville football history. Through the passage of time, Sam and Tony welcomed many generations of Neville High School students to their station. Each generation shared with Tony the Neville pride and Neville spirit.
Tony hand many interests and hobbies, but the one thing he took special pride in, was his yard. It was evident because there were always flowers blooming, freshly cut grass and manicured hedges and bushes. In addition to working in his yard, he enjoyed dove and squirrel hunting. Many wonderful family memories involve dove hunts in the Monroe area. In his later years, he always looked forward to the Dix Johnson rabbit hunts.
Pallbearers will be Skip Bell, Frank Nettles, Dix Johnston, Phil McCrary, Cary Zeagler, Michael Reichardt and Brian Campbell.
Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM Friday, January 18, 2013 at Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road.
The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to each of the healthcare professionals and caregivers who were a part of Dad's life, especially in the later years. You touched his heart and ours as you provided him dedicated care, true kindness, and friendship.
Donations can be made to St. Vincent De Paul Community Pharmacy, 502 Grammont Street, Monroe, LA 71201-7515 or the
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Published in Shreveport Times on Jan. 18, 2013