Boardman - Felix A. Lazazzera Jr. (Lee), 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday Jan. 16th, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He celebrated life to the fullest cherishing every second he could with his family and friends. He never, ever turned down one invitation to get together with anyone and loved to watch his grandchildren at their various school activities, sporting events, dance recitals or plays.
Felix was born on Sept. 13, 1935 to Felix Sr. and Rose (Donofrio) Lazazzera and was proudly raised in the “Smoky Hollow” area of Youngstown. He graduated from The Rayen School in 1953 and immediately out of high school joined the Navy and was excited to be stationed in beautiful Hawaii for 2 years.
Felix spent most of the 1960’s and 1970’s working in the record industry. In 1982, he opened Lazazzera’s Italian Foods in Cornersburg which was famous for their homemade food specialties made from family recipes handed down thru the generations.
Felix was very proud of his Italian heritage and could often be found playing bocce or morra at the ARCO or ITAM clubs or down at the MVR. He was an active member of the Men's Bagnolese Club and a lifetime member of the downtown YMCA where he played racquetball with Tony, Chaz, Michael, or anyone who was willing to challenge him.
Felix was loved by “all” who met him. He leaves behind his beloved wife Carmen (Francisco) of 62 years, three children; daughter Lisa Weldon (Donald) of Canfield, son Michael Lazazzera of Canfield & son David Lazazzera of Miami Beach, five granddaughters; Nicole McGaffic (Josh), Dominique Kerpsack (Nick) and Annika, Mia & Carlie Lazazzera, and two great grandchildren; Eliana and Gabriella.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Josephine Diana.
There was a private Mass of Christian Burial held on Wednesday January 19, 2022 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, Youngstown with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio as officiant.
Entombment took place at Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown.
A celebration of Felix’s life will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Italian Heritage Foundation at 159 N. Hazelwood Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio 44509. In the memo of the checks, please put: The Felix A. Lazazzera Memorial Scholarship Fund.
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