Kingston, NH — Albert S. “Al” DeNuzzio, 91, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2013, at home in Kingston, N.H., after a period of declining health, with his loving wife and family by his side.
Born in Lawrence, Mass., Al was the third of nine children of Italian immigrants, Domenic and Gelsomina (Ianazzo) DeNuzzio. He grew up in Lawrence, attended Lawrence Public Schools, and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1940. After graduation, he worked in the mills to help support his brothers and sisters.
With the outbreak of World War II, he signed up for military service with the Coast Guard, and served as a Chief Pharmacist’s Mate aboard several ships in the Pacific Theater and performed admirably as their corpsman.
After the war, Al went to college on the GI Bill, attending Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He was the first in his family to graduate from college. Upon graduation, he came back to Lawrence and found work as a chemist at Bolta Co., where he ran the lab and reacquainted himself with a beautiful secretary named Marianna “Marion” Medici, who was a former high school classmate.
Al and Marion married on June 22, 1952, and settled in Methuen, Mass., among family and friends, and raised three children. Al moved on from Bolta Co. to become vice president in charge of operations for KJ Quinn Co., Inc. in Malden, Mass., where he worked for about 30 years before retiring to Seabrook Beach, N.H. During that time, he traveled the world on international business, repeatedly visiting Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.
Despite all of his successes, Al DeNuzzio would have said that his family was his crowning achievement. His son, Dr. Albert J. DeNuzzio and his wife, Catherine, live in Rocky Hill, Conn., where Dr. DeNuzzio has a primary care medical practice. His son, John D. DeNuzzio has a doctorate in biomedical enginering and works for Becton-Dickinson Pharmaceuticals, and lives in Monkton, Md., with his wife, Susan. His daughter, Jessamyn P. Onufer, a teacher, lives in Kingston, N.H., with her husband, Andrew.
Al was a proud grandfather to seven accomplished grandchildren, David DeNuzzio, Andrew, Sarah, Erik, and Laura Onufer, and Alexander and Julia DeNuzzio.
Al, a devout Catholic, was a member of St. Lucy’s Parish in Methuen for many years. He coached Little League in Methuen, and was an avid gardener whose vegetable garden in Seabrook Beach was the subject of an article in Mother Earth News.
In addition to his wife, children, and family, Al is survived by his brother, Michael DeNuzzio and his wife, Barbara; his sisters, Mary and her husband, Stephen Parolisi, and Dora and her husband, Emile Parent, all of Methuen; and several nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, November 7, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Cataudella Funeral Home 126 Pleasant Valley Street, Methuen. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., on Friday, at St. Lucy’s Church, 254 Merrimack Street, Methuen. Interment will be in Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Padre Pio Foundation of American, 463 Main St., Cromwell, CT 06416-2018, or St. Michael Church, 9 Lincoln St., Exeter, NH 03833.
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