Pasquale Buzzeo March 9, 1921 - Dec. 19, 2013
SPICER - Pasquale Buzzeo, Sr., age 92, of Spicer, died Thursday, December 19, at his home in Spicer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, December 21, at the Church of Our Lady of the Lakes in Spicer. Interment will be in the Spicer City Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Austin F. Hanscom American Legion Post of Willmar. Visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 20, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Rice Hospice.
Pasquale "Pat" Buzzeo was born on March 9, 1921 the son of Mario and Maria (Pellicci) in Bronx, New York. Pat was a World War II Veteran assigned to the 8th Air Force, 357th Fighter Group (aka The Yoxford Boys) stationed at Leiston Airfield, England. As a P-51 Crew Chief Pat was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. His fighter had never aborted a mission due to mechanical failure in over 300+ combat flying hours.
While stationed at Leiston, Pat met Audrey Clegg of Nottingham, England and they married on August 23, 1947 in the Bronx, New York. Pats passion for engines led to his attaining a Masters equivalent at New York University in Education. He went on to teach automotive mechanics at Samuel Gompers and Alfred E. Smith Technical High Schools for 30 years. While teaching Pat and Audrey moved from the Bronx, NY to Old Tappan, NJ. Pat retired in 1985 and they began spending winters in Boynton Beach, Florida and summers in Spicer, Minnesota.
Pats childhood fascination with model aviation that led him into an aircraft maintenance career in the service, never faded. He was a pioneer in the Radio Control Model Airplane Hobby and shared that passion with his sons. Pat flew models from the time he was 14 years old until his death.
Pat is the Father of 6, Grandfather of 9 and Great Grandfather of 9.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years: Audrey (Clegg) of Boynton Beach, FL/Spicer, MN; children: Christine Swift of Salisbury Mills, NY, Diane Buzzeo (& Debbie Longo) of North Palm Beach, FL/Spicer, MN, James Buzzeo of Spicer, MN, Janine Buzzeo (& Vincent Marino) of Willmar, MN; grandchildren: James Swift, Robin Swift, Christopher (& Carla) Buzzeo, Peter (& Jessica) Buzzeo, Michael (& Ashley) Buzzeo, Jason (& Robin) Buzzeo, and James Russell Buzzeo; his great-grandchildren: Amber Ceriale, Katelynn Buzzeo, Andrew Buzzeo, Anthony James Buzzeo, Jacob Buzzeo, Cecilia Buzzeo, Anthony Pasquale Buzzeo, Matthew Buzzeo, and Nathan Buzzeo; daughters-in-law: Cheri Buzzeo (and her daughter Monique Peterson and her family) and Janice Buzzeo; and two siblings.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; 6 siblings; his sons: Pasquale Buzzeo, Jr. and Michael Buzzeo; and son-in-law: George Swift.