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John A. Liuzzi, retired tool and die maker, World War II veteran

Nov. 2, 1920 – June 21, 2016

John A. Liuzzi, a retired tool and die maker and decorated World War II veteran, died Tuesday in Fair Oaks Health Care Center, Crystal Lake, Ill. He was 95.

Born in Dunnville, Ont., he came to the U.S. with his family as a boy. He attended Westfield High School and served in the Third Army’s 5th Armored Division as a tank driver under Gen. George Patton in World War II. Part of the second wave to land at Normandy in the D-Day invasion, he took part in the drive to LeMans, France, through Soissons, and into Belgium and Germany. He received two Purple Hearts.

Returning from service, he attended technical school and became a tool and die maker, working for Markel Electric. He retired in the mid-1980s.

A resident of the City of Tonawanda from 1965 until he moved to Illinois in 2007, he was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener.

His wife of 54 years, the former Mildred Miano, died in 2000. Survivors include two daughters, Rachael Westergren and Louise Wolanske; a son, John A. II; two brothers, Matthew and Anthony; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. July 5 in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 144 Broad St., City of Tonawanda.

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