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John Inzerella
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Birth: Jun. 18, 1936
Death: Apr. 23, 2007

JOHN INZERELLA Born June 18, 1936, John Inzerella passed away on Monday, April 23, 2007, surrounded by loved ones, after a courageous seven-year battle with cancer. John graduated from George Washington High School on June 18, 1956; enlisted in the U.S. Navy on January 21, 1955 - January 20, 1957; and attended Woodbury College February 1957 - February 1959. After graduation, he was hired by Superior Optical Co. to lecture ladies' clubs and the like in the Los Angeles area. The company sent John to make-up school at House of Westmore to train under the supervision of world famous make-up artist, Perc Westmore. He started working in studios upon finishing the school and also lectured for the company until 1962. In May of 1962, he started working for Tennessee Ernie Ford in San Francisco until October 1964. John married Josephine "Jodi" Di Maggio on May 5, 1963. They were married for 14 years and had two boys, Marco, who passed away from cancer in 1992 at age 24, and Carlo, age 38, who currently resides in West Hills, California. He worked for Universal Studios until 1966, then worked at 20th Century Fox. He ran the set on the first "Planet of the Apes". He left Fox in 1969 and went to Warner Bros. where he met Henry Fonda and worked for him for the next eight years. John worked on all sorts of different motion pictures and TV shows during his 42 years in the business. He was also on the Executive Board of his local union 706 for over 20 years and was their President for six years. The last show he worked on was the first 13 shows of "ER" and a short-lived series with Mark Harmon called "Charlie Grace". He went to work for the union as Assistant Business Representative until his retirement in 2002. John married a second time from 1984 until 1991. In 2002, he married his current wife Judy and always said he was the luckiest man in the whole world to have found her. John retired to Kingsburg, California, worked part time for Visalia Harley Davidson Dealership and became the H.O.G. director from 2004 - 2006. He went around the USA in 2003 on his Harley, visiting friends and family in a two-month period. John traveled 9,300 miles and Judy was with him for about 3,000 of those miles. They went to Hawaii, also, for Judy's birthday and in October they went to Italy for 16 days and visited John's family's home town on the island of Sicily. In 2004, his birth daughter, Julie Ryan, contacted him and he discovered he was blessed with four grandchildren Zak, Jacob, Emma and Joel. They completed his life. In his 50 year reunion bio, he's quoted as saying, "Aren't the golden years great!!" A Celebration of Life will be held at Visalia Harley Davidson, 30681 Hwy. 99, Visalia, Ca on Saturday, May 12, 2007, at 5:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's name to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or C.A.S.A. of Tulare County, 1146 N. Chinowith St., Visalia, Ca 93291.
Maintained by: Alice Le Blanc
Originally Created by: terrirn143
Record added: May 12, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19353326


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