Orlando "Lon" Pallozzi
WATERFORD Orlando Joseph “Lon” Pallozzi, 92, a long time Waterford resident, died Tuesday May 22, 2018, surrounded by his loving family at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center. Lon was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Frances Currier Pallozzi, who died tragically in 2011. He will forever be remembered by his son Donald F. Pallozzi (Kathy Varone) of Fairport and his daughters Deborah J. Pallozzi (Julie Lenhart) of Ithaca, Frances P. Wittmann (Jeffrey) of Delmar, Catherine M. Pallozzi (Bonnie Brautigam) of Glenmont, and Teresa A. Pallozzi (Richard Muller) of Albuquerque, NM. He was the brother of the late Philip, Teresa, Amelia Villa, Albert, Luigi, and Guido Pallozzi and was brother-in-law to Bernice Pallozzi of Malta. He was proud grandfather to Jonathan G. and Collin F. Wittmann, Alexander J. Muller, and Anna (Qyn) J. Pallozzi. He is also survived by Rita Pallozzi and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Lon was born to the late Luigi and Filomena DiCesare Pallozzi in Waterford, NY on September 9, 1925. A 1943 graduate of Waterford Halfmoon High School, Lon enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII immediately following his eighteenth birthday. As a Yeoman Third Class on the LST 532, he was part of the second wave to land on Omaha Beach in the invasion of Normandy. Later he was involved in ferrying German and Italian prisoners from France and, due to his language skills, was tasked with soothing their anxieties in the hold of the ship. Lon then worked with French navigators, as a translator, to assist with passage around the uncleared mines in the Seine River. After the war, Lon began officer training at the University of Missouri. After the closure of the ROTC program he attended Columbia University, followed by Siena College. He graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Modern Languages. He later returned to Siena to obtain his Guidance Counselor Certificate.
Lon taught English and French and eventually served as a Guidance Counselor at his alma mater in Waterford for 32 years before retiring in 1986. From 1986 to 1989 he was a Guidance Counselor at Catholic Central High School. He was a member of the VFW, Waterford Memorial Post 5800. He was a thoroughgoing Renaissance man: he wrote poetry, made a mean meatball, created the games “Zip Ball,” “Salvo,” and “Terrible Ten” for children in the Waterford Recreation Program, and enjoyed watching the New York Yankees. He delighted in hearing about the lives of his cherished grandchildren and grand-dogs, and looked forward to his visits with Scout on Sundays.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 2 at 12:30 pm at Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte.32) in Waterford, with Reverends Donald Bourgeois and Kenneth Doyle officiating. Interment will be on Monday, June 4 at 11:30 am at the Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, NY.
Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home on Saturday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm prior to the funeral service.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Atria Delmar Place for their loving care of our father and the staff at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, especially Cynthia.
In addition, Lon’s family would appreciate contributions to WAMC P.O. Box 66600, Albany, NY 12206 or the Waterford Museum & Cultural Center, 2 Museum Lane, Waterford, NY 12188 in lieu of flowers.