Dr. Louis A. Tuzi, 92, of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, beloved husband of the late Martha E. (Brown) Tuzi, for 52 years, father of Pamela A. (Tuzi) Ritley-Welsh and Mark A. Tuzi, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2016, surrounded by his children and grandchildren after a lifetime of love and dedication to all. “Big Lou” is survived by his daughter Pam, her husband James P. Welsh, his son, Mark, as well as his grandchildren Charles M. Ritley, Kristin E. Ritley, Steven A. Ritley, Jimmy and Jeffrey Welsh , his youngest sister Lillian Mraz and his nieces and nephews.
Louis was born to Frank and Lillie Tuzi in 1924. He grew up in a small coal-mining town known as Moween, PA. After serving in WWll, in the United States Army, he took advantage of all the military assistance he could get and was one out of eight in his family that left home and made a life for himself by putting himself thru school. His academic laurels include earning not only a bachelor’s degree, but both a master’s and doctorates. He eventually became a professor at Cleveland State University and General Attorney in his own law practice. Many people remember Lou as he served as Northfield Village Law Director and Chairman of Sagamore Hills Township Planning Commission for many years. He served as an instructor, confidant, and advocate to all he met. As a father and grandfather, he stressed education above all things. All successes that his children and grandchildren have achieved are a testament to his never-ending guidance and support. As a husband, Louis was the ultimate caregiver and supporter for his wife, Martha. Louis was an intelligent man who loved to tell jokes and take pictures. His affinity with the camera documented a full life with the wife and children that he loved so much. He was an incredibly generous person who gave his time and money to family and friends as well as various charities including catholic churches, such as Saint Barnabas Parish and Our Lady of Guadalupe to which he was also Chairman of the zoning board when these churches were first breaking ground. Though he is be seated at the right hand of God, our father will be missed and mourned.
He has been the rock of our family’s foundation, a generous soul to many and an eternal optimist (don’t worry the Indians will win). Our family will not be complete until the day we cross over too. Until then, watch over us and join mom in sending us pennies from heaven. P.S.: No chicken and biscuits without us.
(Ferfolia Funeral Home 330-467-4500 NL 8-24-16)