Alessandro “Alec” Pizzolo

Alessandro “Alec” Pizzolo

June 14, 1920 - July 15, 2012

Alessandro “Alec” Pizzolo

June 14, 1920 - July 15, 2012


Alessandro (Alec) Pizzolo

Loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 15, 2012 in his home due to melanoma cancer.

He was born on June 14, 1920 in Verona, Italy, the youngest of 7 children. He came to America after being drafted into the Italian army and brought to a POW camp in Long Beach, California. Here he met his bride, Jeanne Marie Gasper, who was working in the camp driving army trucks. The two fell in love and after the war when Alessandro returned to Italy Jeanne followed him. The two worked for several years in Switzerland: Jeanne for the Pope’s Children’s War Relief Society and Alec as the head wine steward of the Grand Hotel on Lake Lucerne in Brunnen, Switzerland. The two were married in an Italian province of Switzerland on March 6, 1947. They then travelled back to America aboard the Queen Mary and by train to California. They set up their home in Long Beach. Jeanne worked as a secretary and Alec in construction. They had their only son Marc Angelo Pizzolo on May 8, 1953. In 1955 they moved to Garden Grove where they resided until 1971. They then moved to Anaheim before building a home in Irvine.

Alec officially retired from the construction business in 1982 as the supervisor of Facco Inc., but continued working on projects including their home in Irvine and two homes in San Juan Capistrano for his son and daughter-in-law. Alec was an avid cyclist and soccer fan. If not watching a soccer game he was out riding his bicycle, twenty-five to fifty miles every other day. He had a tremendous love for his family, and his biggest joy in life was spending time with them.

Alec is survived by his wife Jeanne; son Marc; daughter-in-law Peggy; three grandchildren, Cara Morales, Kristin Young, and Andrew Pizzolo; one great-grandson, Hunter Morales; and a great-granddaughter, Madeline Morales, on the way.

Funeral services will be held on Friday July 20 at 1 pm at the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano.

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7 responses to Alessandro “Alec” Pizzolo

  1. Dennis Jans says:

    Alec we miss you…We became acquainted with Alec and the Pizzolo family in 1970, through a chance meeting of their son Marc at Servite Catholic High School. From the first time I met Marc’s parents, I felt so welcomed like I had known them all my life. That was the genuine human touch that Alec and Jeanne emulated though out their daily lives and whomever they came in contact with. Our family continued to deepen our friendship as the years passed by and through the many ups and downs of life, we kept our close relationship. Alec was truly an instrument of passing on, the many values he cherished from his early days in Italy all the way to his last to those he came in contact with. His willingness to work hard, take time for family, maintain long time friendships, regular exercise (cycling of course), laugh and enjoy life (good wine and great Italian food) with all the good times it offered. We will always remember Alec and were so happy God blessed us with him and all the Pizzolo clan in our lives. May God keep him close and as an angel in heaven keep a close eye on his family here on earth, until we all meet again. God Bless, Dennis & Christina Jans & Family

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