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John Luzzi
  • In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of John may be made to
  • St. John the Evangelist Church
    225 East Lake Blvd.
    Mahopac, NY 10541

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“I am sorry for your loss Frank. I was looking for a neighborhood friend's mom and saw your dad's. I guess we are that age now... difficult for us. My...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Kathy Clapper (Kenney) - NY

“Dear Tom and all the Luzzi's:May God be close to all of you! My memories of Mahopac, St. Johns CYO, and so much more are so meaningful because of the...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Daniel Brady - Rochester, NY

“I did not know you but from the few of your descendants I have met I have gathered that: Your life was a lesson Your memory a treasure You are loved...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Marie-Claire Ribeill

“Dear Mrs. Luzzi & Family,My heartfelt condolences at the loss of Mr. Luzzi. May in rest in peace.Regards,Ali Karimi ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Ali Karimi - Norwalk, CT

“Mr Luzzi was a great neighbor and wonderful person. I live in the same housing development as him and his family. Back in the day it was called Sunny...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Bob Sullivan - Carmel, NY

“I am truly sorry for your loss and praying for your strength to overcome. I wish the entire family love and support. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Elysia Jones - Cary, NC - Friend

The Best Uncle Ever “My cousins call him the Bear, I call him my favorite person.In loving memory of my Dear Uncle John; May the light of Heaven guide you home. Rest in...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Janine Saia - Las Vegas, NV

“I was a bit nervous meeting Grandpa Luzzi for the first time. I was a stranger to him, yet had already known many stories about him from his oldest...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Jacqueline Blue - White Plains, NY

“Mr. Luzzi was a very kind man. He always had a smile on his face. He brought out the good in all of us. May the great memories remain and his spirit...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Maria Gaudio - Ocala, FL - friend

“Heartfelt sympathy to Connie and to his wonderful family. The world has lost a beautiful person and we are the poorer for it. We know, however,...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Ellen Galgano - mahopac, NY

“My prayers to all... I have many fond memories of Mr. Luzzi... ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Janice Florac - Cerchiara - FL

“Rest In Peace Mr. Luzzi. Job well done Sir. Wonderful family; great legacy. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Tom and Sharon Hall - Buchanan, NY

“My condolences to Connie and Family. John was a very kind man, and it was a pleasure to have known him. I am glad our paths crossed. ...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Jane Nowowiejski - Mahopac, NY


John Luzzi, a Mahopac, NY resident for 55 years, passed away at home on Tuesday March 28, 2017 at the age of 88. He was born in Camden, NJ on March 19, 1929, the son of Giovanni and Rose Dratch Luzzi.

John grew up in Manhattan's lower east side. He served in the US Army from 1946-48 and then immediately enlisted in the US Air Force and served until 1952. He declined a tryout with the Pittsburgh Pirates professional baseball team shortly after leaving the Air Force.

John was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac and a former Eucharistic Minister.

He earned his Master's Degree in Chemistry from Long Island University. He was a wildly successful chemist and was granted over 60 patents in his career. He was influential in the invention of the laser. He retired as a chemist from Ciba Geigy Corp. in 1997.

On May 23, 1953 he did what he was most proud of – he married the girl he met at Coney Island, Connie Taylor. In addition to Connie, he is survived by his 9 kids; Jay of South Salem, NY, Frank and his wife Margherita of Litchfield, CT, Andrew and his wife Millieann of LaGrangeville, NY, Thomas and his wife Lisa of Westfield, NJ, Joseph of Raleigh, NC, Michael of Mahopac, Nicholas and his wife Grissette of Miami, FL, Cathy Penderleith and her husband Timothy of Shrub Oak, NY and Mary Noel Goetz and her husband Greg of Queensbury, NY; his sisters, Virginia Lipkowitz and Marie Mikulski and 16 grand kids.

Visiting will be held on Friday March 31, 2017 from 4-8 pm at Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday April 1 at 10 am at St. John the Evangelist Church with interment to follow at Union Valley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church,
225 East Lake Blvd., Mahopac, NY 10541