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Roger J. Luzzi
May 20, 1939 July 7, 2009
Roger Luzzi died peacefully at his home in Turlock after a brief illness on July 7. Shirley Barton, Roger’s long-time companion died on May 22, also in Turlock. Roger and Shirley’s inurnment will be held at 10 a.m. July 18 in the Chapel of Flowers at Turlock Memorial Park, 575 N Soderquist Rd., Turlock.
Roger was born and raised in Grenoble, France. In 1963, he emigrated to Canada, where he lived until 1967, when he moved to the United States. After a few years on the east coast, he decided to make his home in California. He was a machinist by trade, a profession which brought him great satisfaction. For many years Roger owned a machine shop in the Bay Area having worked on many significant projects.
What Roger did for a living was superseded by who he was. His integrity, his dignity and his profound caring for others were obvious to all those who knew him. He loved America and lived his American citizenship with great pride. His contribution to his adopted country was exemplified by his many years of volunteer work at the Salvation Army and with the Volunteers in Police Services, both in Turlock. Wherever he was, Roger was noted for his politeness, his poise and for the uniqueness of his French heritage.
Even when Shirley’s death affected Roger deeply, he faced and accepted her passing with great inner strength.
Roger will be remembered and deeply missed by his neighbors and friends. During his last days, he clearly expressed his faith in Jesus Christ as the foundation of his eternal hope. This conviction was a decisive factor in the dignity with which he faced his death. His example is leaving an indelible footprint in the lives of many people.
Remembrances can be made to Community Hospice Inc., 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356 or Salvation Army, 893 Lander Ave., Turlock, CA 95380.