Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

John Baptist Martinuzzi

John Baptist Martinuzzi, age 76, of Shelby, died Wednesday December 28, 2016 at OhioHealth Shelby Hospital.

He was born March 20, 1940 in the Bronx, New York the son of the late Edward and Maria (Vidoni) Martinuzzi. John was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the active reserves for 6 years. On October 13, 1973 he married Anna Schmitt and they began their life together. John worked as a communication technician for Verizon working in the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan, retiring in 1990.

John was a life member of Telephone Pioneers and was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby. He was devoted to his Catholic faith and his family. He enjoyed ballet, opera and classical music. After John and Ann moved to Shelby in 2012 to be closer to their daughter, Theresa, and her family, this city boy was proud to have bought a tractor and loved mowing his lawn.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Anna (Schmitt) Martinuzzi of Shelby; 3 daughters: Maryann (Greivin) Elizondo of Parlin, NJ, Theresa (Scott) Krietemeyer of Shelby, Kathryn (Jeremy) Fucile of Randolph, MA; 8 grandchildren: Danielle, Lauren, Sara, and Emma Krietemeyer, Gabriel and Nathaniel King, Sophia Elizondo, and Elodie Fucile; a brother: Edward Martinuzzi of Patchogue, NY; 2 sisters: Mary Jane Martinuzzi of New York, NY and Catherine Martinuzzi of Patchogue, NY.

Friends and family are welcome on Monday, January 2, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where the rosary will be recited at 6:45 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby with Father Chris Mileski officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail following mass. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Memorial expressions may be made to the church.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Laura Romero and Family says:

    So sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies and condolences to the family. May he Rest In Peace. –The Romero Family

  2. Vanessa Hernandez says:

    My deepest condolences are with you all. It warmed my heart to read his obituary because it sounds like he led a full life. May God grant you the peace needed to get you thru this difficult time. May his soul rejoice in all of God’s glory.

  3. Adeline Natale & Family says:

    You have my deepest sympathy at this difficult time. The love Mr.Martinuzzi had for you, his family, was apparent to all and ran deep. I know he will be sorely missed, but I also know his best qualities continue on in his children and grandchildren.
    Wishing peace and comfort to you all….

  4. Johanna Laski says:

    My deepest condolences to you all at this time. I know he lead a very full, loving life and would want you all to remember him at his best. He will always be thought of as another dad to me and I know he will be looking down from heaven on you all. May God bless you all at this difficult time.

  5. Mansfield Kidney Center says:

    John was part of our family here at the Mansfield Kidney Center, where he did his dialysis treatments. He was a great man and we enjoyed having him here.Our deepest condolences go out to his family at this time. He will certainly be missed.

  6. Beth Martinson says:

    Our deepest sympathies for you and your family, Kathryn. Your father was a great man and will be missed by many. Please let us know if you need anything when you get back home.
    The Martinson Family

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