Puglisi Sr.

WADSWORTH- John T. Puglisi Sr. 97, died Saturday October 17, 2015 after a brief illness. Mr. Puglisi was born September 8, 1918 in Navara, Sicily. He attended Wadsworth High School and The University of Akron, becoming a mechanical engineer. He applied his craft at the Ohio Injector Company in Wadsworth and The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron. He was a lifetime member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Charter member of The Knights of Columbus, and a twelve year member of The Wadsworth City Schools Board of Education. He was married to his wife Carmella for fifty-three years until her death in October 1997. He most honorably and bravely served in The United States Army during World War II. While fighting for our country in North Africa with The First Division, he was awarded two Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, and a Bronze Star. He became the first Wadsworth citizen injured in the war, losing his lower right leg. Mr. Puglisi is survived by daughter and son-in-law JoAnne and Joe Westfall of San Francisco; son John Puglisi of Wadsworth; grandchildren Maria and Joseph (Marissa) Puglisi. He was preceded in death by parents Salvatore and Josephine Puglisi, brothers Anthony and Joseph, and sister MaryJo. The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 20 from 1-5p.m. Wednesday, October 21 from 1-4p.m., 6-8p.m with rosary at 7:30p.m. At the Hilliard Rospert Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St. Wadsworth. Funeral services, Thursday October 22, 10:30a.m. Prayer service at the funeral home followed by mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church; interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. Family request memorial contributions be made to Wounded Warriors Project.