Michael Fazzari Sr.
1937 - 2021
Loving father, grandfather,
great-grandfather, uncle, cousin,
On the morning of April 30, 2021, Michael Fazzari Sr. was called home by his heavenly father where his arrival was celebrated by those that had preceded him in death, especially his mother and father, Vincenzo and Elizabeth Fazzari, sister Angela (Vic) Gironda, and brother James Fazzari.
Michael Fazzari Sr., was a loving father to Michael Fazzari Jr. (son), Robert Fazzari (son), and daughter Lynn (Bill)Triolo.
Grandfather to Nicholas ( fiancée Emily ) Fazzari, Amanda( fiancé Dylan ) Fazzari, Dominic Fazzari, Yama Fazzari, Gian Fazzari, Anthony Triolo, Ashley (Ross) Finke, and great-grandfather to Camden Finke, an uncle, cousin, and friend to many.
Michael Fazzari, Born June 27, 1937, was the youngest sibling to embrace the American dream.
His parents immigrated from the small Calabrian mountain village of San Giorgio Morgeto.
His father, Vincenzo Fazzari, arrived to America in 1921 and planted his roots in Chicago's south side neighborhood of Bridgeport. Once Vincenzo obtained citizenship, his wife, Elizabeth Fazzari with daughter, Angela, made the long passage across the Atlantic Ocean and arrived on Ellis Island in 1929 which also marked the beginning of America's Great Depression.
His family struggled through the Great Depression and being born into poverty and strife, he worked hard as a young boy helping out in the neighborhood market. Michael always toiled with his hands throughout his entire life even after he had attained much success, he would not stop working and helping others as his many friends would attest.
In his freshman year at St. Rita's Catholic High School on Chicago's south side, a priest whom also was the sports coach, encouraged Michael to fight as he was recruiting new students for the BoxingTeam. Growing up strong with years of hard work being his only training, Mike entered the ring as a new prospect but was lectured by the referee that he had to remove his glasses.
Michael was puzzled," How will I fight if I can't see ? ". After shedding his optics, the bell rang and the fight began, young Michael knocked-out his opponent, kept up his stance and continued to throw punches. The coach jumped into the ring and grabbed hold of his new protege and informed Mike the fight was over, however, without his glasses, he was the only person in the gym that day that did not witness his victory nor the effects of his strength.
Throughout his entire life, Michael Fazzari was a victor, achieved and accomplished many accolades.
At the youthful age of seventeen, Mike owned and operated a service station. At 21 years old partnered with his father-in-law, Joseph Alessi, and opened a butcher shop & grocery store on Chicago's southwest side known as J & M Market. Launched Fazzari Tile in the mid 1960's which thrived as he became recognized as a skilled craftsman whose designs and installations were sought after by Chicago's elite.
He was elected as President of the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce as the community acknowledged his business success.
After many years of thriving and perseverance, Michael relocated to Lake Tahoe in 1977 and partnered with his brother, Jim Fazzari, and opened Fazzari's Italian Restaurant which was located directly across from the Hyatt Lake Tahoe in Incline Village. Although it was a wonderful experience for both brothers, Mike's heart was in construction and within a short time of relocating to Nevada, Michael had become one the highly sought after custom home builders in the region. After partnering with an associate, their company U.S. Construction became a hallmark for custom homes throughout the country.
Upon retirement, Mike relocated to Reno, Nevada. His constant desire to design, build, and help others realize their homes potential sparked interest and his neighbors elected Michael as President of their Homeowner's Association.
There amongst his friends and community that he loved, Mike resided in Reno until the morning of his passing.
He loved the region and the majestic snow capped Sierra Mountains that were the backdrop of his residence.
Michael Fazzari Sr. may have knocked out his opponent and never realized he had been the victor that day he entered the ring at St. Rita's. Even with his specks in place, it probably holds true that throughout his entire lifespan, with all his accomplishments and defeats, Mike was most likely the only person that did not witness his victory nor the effects of his strength during his time on earth.
Michael will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity. He was a humble man that valued the happiness and wellness of others more than the happiness and wellness of himself.
Those that would like to honor Michael Fazzari, join with family and friends to celebrate his life are invited as follows :
June 26th: Chicago, IL. - St. Daniel the Prophet Church 5300 S. Natoma Ave., Visitation 9:30 - 10: 30 am Mass @ 10:30 am followed by interment at St. Mary's Cemetary 87 & Hamlin Luncheon at Francesca's 6248 W. 95th St.,Oaklawn, IL.
July 24th: Reno, NV. - Mass at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church at 10:30 am, 100 Bishop Manogue Dr.
Celebration of Life at Resort at Tanamera Clubhouse 900 S. Meadows Parkway from 4 to 8 pm
In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Published by The Reno Gazette Journal and Lyon County News Leader from Jun. 17 to Jul. 1, 2021.