Nicholas J. Lanzalotta, Friday, November 28, 1924 - Saturday, January 28, 2017
Nicholas J. Lanzalotta, age 92, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2017. He was born November 28, 1924 to the late Gerardo and Lingina (Cicerello) Lanzalotta of Waterford, Connecticut. He attended the Waterford Public Schools, Chapman technical High School in New London, Hilliard College in Hartford and University of Hartford in Bloomfield, Connecticut, earning degrees in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering. He worked for the Hartford Electric Light and Connecticut Light Power Companies and was Principal Engineer for Northeast Utilities Service Company, overseeing environmental compliance for all the companies’ electric generating stations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont, serving more than forty-five years in the electric industry. Nick lived in Connecticut for most of his life and developed many skills in house renovation and construction. He was very active on the political scene, serving the Republican Party in notable capacities. He was President of the Hartford Industrial Management Group and an officer in the New England Chapter of the Industrial Management Groups. He worked for the Red Cross for many years and was a 100 Unit blood donor. He owned and operated an animal breeding farm for quarter horses, Holstein dairy cows and beefalos. He enjoyed green-breaking and training the horses. Nick was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church and was President of the Holy Name Society. After moving to Ohio in 2000 he became an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in North Canton. There he served on the Mutual Ministry, was Usher and Deacon. He was a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks, Lodge 2029 of North Canton and was the Veteran’s Coordinator for the lodge making personal visits to the many veterans in the local nursing homes. He also coordinated recreational benefits for veterans at the Louis B. Stokes Hospital in Brecksville, OH. He thought his work with veterans was one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. In 2004 he was awarded the Elk of the Year citation. He also received the Elks National Service Commission Award for his devoted work with the veterans. He studied and became an accomplished watercolor artist, becoming president of Canton Artists League, an affiliated of the Canton Museum of Art. His hobbies included playing bridge, golfing and belonging to the “Chuckleberries” (a social Bed and Breakfast Group). He served his country during World War II as Flight Engineer/Gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress in the European Theater, 97th Bomb Group, 414th (Wing and a Prayer) Bomb Squadron. A highlight since the war was the participation in the World War II Honor flight to Washington, DC where he met many of his peers. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by spouse of fifty-three years Helen (Janowicz) Lanzalotta, spouse Cora (Deibel) Lanzalotta, Sister Andonette Strazza and step-son Ronald Deibel. He is survived by his wife Patricia Ann (Voyk) Lanzalotta of North Canton, sons Peter (Kathy) of Fr. Myers, FL and James of Akron, OH, brother Vincent (Ellen) of East Lyme, CT and many loving nieces and nephews. He is also survived by step-children Kathy (Tony, Sr) Piccari and E. Mark Voyk of North Canton, OH, Eve Deibel of Denver, NC and Janice Deibel of Crossville, TN; adopted step-daughters Darla(Donald) Lulko of Milford, MI and Marcy Sykes of Hudson, OH. He is also survived by six step-grandchildren: Tony, Jr. (Monica) Piccari, and Katharine Piccari , Steven Voyk and Elaina Voyk (Bryce Wood), Debbey Woodruff of Concord, NC, David (Julie) Deibel of Heath, OH, Jennifer (Luke) Oravec of Highlands Ranch, CO, Jane (Aaron) Barcelo of Commerce City, CO and Kira Lynn Lulko, Milford, MI. He is also survived by eleven step-great children; Gina Elise and Aubrey Marie Piccari, Anthony, Taylor and Ashton Woodruff: Collin and Jacob Deibel; Caleb and Cody Oravec and Rand, Landon and Aden Barcelo. Family and friends will meet on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Little Flower Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial with Father Leo J. Wehrlin as celebrant. Friends may call Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Lamiell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Saint Mary Cemetery in New London, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Little Flower Catholic Church.