The community lost a true leader with the death of Libert Bozzelli. After a long and remarkable life, devoted to his family, his faith and his community, Libert left us at the age of 97 and a half.
A World War II veteran, he served his country with honor as a member of the Army-Air Corp unit in the African campaign under General George S. Patton. Libert was honored in 2015 with a trip to Washington DC with the Honor Flight program. There he was chosen for the highly distinguished honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; an honor that Libert called one of his greatest.
Libert was employed in sheet metal for 7 years before being elected by his peers to represent them as their local 70 business agent. He fought for his members for fair treatment and fair wages and was so respected by them that he was re-elected the following year. year for 34 consecutive years. The longest person has held this position continuously in the country. Libert has served on the Akron Labor Council, the Akron Regional Development Council, the Summit County Building Council, and the Repeal Review Board. This earned him the Peter Bommarito Community Award from Akron Labor.
A devout Catholic and member of St. Joseph Parish for 72 years. We find him at midday mass where on Sunday he inaugurates 52 years. He served on the parish council of the Holy Name Society, a member of the Knights of Columbus as a faithful navigator. He won the Distinguished Catholic Award from the Diocese of Cleveland and the Knights of Columbus Service Award.
Libert was a public servant all his life and gave tirelessly to his community. He served 20 years on the Cuyahoga Falls City Council and 4 years on the Summit County Council. During this time, he implemented many important projects. He fought for his constituents and the people he represented, always making sure their voices and interests were heard. He was instrumental in creating senior housing in Cuyahoga Falls and throughout Summit County. This earned him the Akron Housing Urban Citizen award.
Libert’s true passion was to fight for the underdog. He was ahead of his time when it came to supporting mental health issues, mentally challenged and disabled youth and adults. He has served on the boards of the Weaver School and Workshop, Tarry House for Mental Health and Housing, Fallsview Mental Health, was Chairman of Cuyahoga Falls Hospital, Committee on mental action St. Thomas and ARC. He wanted everyone to have the opportunities, skills and means to be productive citizens and to have a high quality of life.
Libert’s voice was loudest when trying to gain approval for the construction and funding of the Internal Fellowship House for Alcoholics. His words were heard because IBH is now a success. This earned him the Salvation Army Humanitarian Achievement Award.
In 1985, Kent State asked Libert to help them open the Kent State University Museum, an institution with important collections of fashion and decorative art. When they needed a leader to ensure their plans could be executed effectively and efficiently, Libert stepped in to become the fashion museum’s first president.
Italian heritage meant a lot. He was a member of the Italian Club of Professional Businessmen, Kenmore Italian Club, Carvollese Men’s Club, Italian Council and Sons of Italy, where he held leadership positions in each organization. He won the Italian American Society Council Service Award.
Libert gave his life to others, but his family was his priority. Sunday pasta dinners with her children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors were a weekly event. The family gathered again at his house for each holiday.
Married to the love of his life for 75 years, Libert died Aug. 25 of a broken heart. He joins his wife Madeline who preceded him in May.
Libert is survived by his children, Dennis Bozzelli, Marlene and Eric Czetli, Kathleen and Bernie Hovey, Tom Bozzelli and Ken Pollard; 6 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
Thank you to his dear friends for your visits and meals. He enjoyed your company and your friendship.
Calling hours are 4-7 p.m. Sunday, September 11 at Ciriello and Carr’s Funeral Home, 810 Portage Tr. at Cuyahoga Falls. Christian burial mass at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 12 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Cuyahoga Falls. Burial at Oakwood Cemetery.
Donations can be made to the Madeline Bozzelli Fund at the Akron Community Foundation, 345 W Cedar St. Akron, OH 44307.
Posted on September 03, 2022
Posted in Akron Beacon Journal