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Mr. Pizzie was born Oct. 24, 1913, in Pocatello, Idaho to Antonio and Paulina Narducci Pizzie. He married Stella Josephine Malinowski in 1936, and their marriage has endured for 72 years.
Mr. Pizzie had a long career in Lake County, both in civic and business affairs. He had three stores specializing in orthopedic shoes and shoe repair. He started on North State Street in Painesville, and then moved to a shop in Madison. He moved his business to Willoughby in 1948, and for 42 years, P Z Shoe Repair operated on Glen Avenue. The business finally closed in 1990.
In civic matters, Mr. Pizzie served tirelessly on many fronts. He was on the Eastlake City Council in 1953 to 1954, and spearheaded the effort to build a public library in Eastlake. He was thrilled to see that project come to fruition. He was on the Lake County Fair Board, and served as vice president. The Willoughby Chamber of Commerce elected him president in 1960 and he sat for 12 years on the board of directors. Mr. Pizzie served on the Lake County Grand Jury and was its foreman in 1961. He was a founder and honorary life member of the Willoughby Historical Society. In 1989,
he and his wife Stella, received the Pioneer Award from the Frontiers Day association.
Mr. Pizzie was also active in several fraternal organizations. He was a 46 year member of Willoughby Lodge No. 302, Free and Accepted Masons, High Twelve No. 224, Order of the Eastern Star No. 202, where he served as chaplain in 1968, and a 32nd Degree Mason in the Valley of Cleveland Scottish Rite. He was also a life member and Past Exalted Ruler of Willoughby Elks Lodge No. 18.
Other organizations included the American Legion Post 214, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4358, Willoughby Rotary Club, where he was president in 1962 to 1963, and the Willoughby Senior Center, where he loved to spend time and became proficient in billiards.
Mr. Pizzie is survived by his loving wife,
Stella, who has been his sole caregiver and attendant for the last four years during his illness. He is also survived by his nieces, Teresa Mirando of Conneaut, Rita Russell of Columbus, Sunny Silveroli of Florida, Gloria Seese of North Kingsville, and Pauline Battista and Barbara Pizzie, both of Painesville; nephews, Bill Pizzie of Mentor and Donald Pizzie of Wyoming; brothers in law, Chuck and Joseph Malinowski;
and sister in law, Ann Marie Knapp.