Jordan Bruno Turizziani, born November 20, 1923, in Clairton, Pennsylvania, passed
away on September 11, 2020, at the Ohio Veterans’ Home in Sandusky, Ohio. Norma,
his wife of 68 years, died in 2018. He is survived by three sons, Robert, Brian, and
Randy and their families, as well as his sister-in-law, Shirley Cambria.
Terry served in the U.S. Army during World War II, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He saw action in Germany at the end of the European war. After crossing the Rhine, he
was offered a lieutenancy but declined the promotion since it would have extended his
time in Europe. He returned to the U.S. following the end of conflict in the Pacific and
the general demobilization of U.S. troops.
Terry returned to Clairton but soon left for Lorain where he raised a family, and spent the
remainder of his life. He began work at U.S. Steel and stayed for more than 40 years.
He met Norma Jean Karabogdan at Rapter’s Restaurant in Lorain. They were married
on June 17, 1950. Terry found the time to continue his education at what was then
Cleveland College. He continued learning throughout his life, gaining a teaching
certificate in electrical instruction following his retirement from U.S. Steel. He also
became a Notary Public and earned a realtor’s license.
During the years of raising a family, Terry founded Buckeye Electric and did mostly
residential electrical work while maintaining his job at U.S. Steel. Despite long work
days, Terry was an avid sportsman. He learned to love golf after the war, skied during
and before the war, and was inducted into the Lorain Bowling Association’s Hall of
Fame. He was proud of his certificate from the Pro Golfers’ Association (PGA) in
recognition of his only hole-in-one. He gave his time happily to the Rebman B Bowling
League and still found the time to take is family on annual vacations.
In Terry’s words: “ One of the best vacations I took, other than family vacations, was the
Honor Flight to Washington, DC. This was called Honor Flight and was for WWII vets to
visit our memorial in DC. My friend, Jerry “Bruno” Bennett drove us to Cleveland and we
were briefed at the airport about our trip. We were given white tee shirts to wear on our
trip. The front said ‘Honor Flight’ and the back said ‘If you can read this, thank a teacher;
If you can read this in English, thank a vet.’ We boarded a two engine jet and in less
than two hours landed in Baltimore, MD. There we boarded a bus to DC. At the WWII
memorial, we were given a camera to use and all the bottled water we wanted. Each
group was assigned an aid to help us. Directions, wheelchair use, pushing...we took
group pictures with the view of the memorial. The WWII memorial is very large and
impressive; we saw the Vietnam Wall of Names, and the Iwo Jima ‘Raising of the Flag.’
But the most impressive one to me was the Korean display. It shows a squad out on
patrol. A point man (dangerous), radio man, and the rest of the squad. Must be
awesome to see at night.”
Terry’s family includes sister-in-law Shirley, niece Roslyn, daughter-in-law Dar and son
Brian’s children Brian and Monica, as well as daughter-in-law Mary and Randy’s family,
Alecia, Colin, Brandon, and great-grandson Kolton.
Terry led a long, good life and will always be loved and remembered by those left