Nunzio Lombardozzi is often described as "Mr. Wellsville," a moniker that fits him well for what he has meant to the village-on-the-river which he has loved and been a part of his entire life. Born in his family home in Wellsville on Jan. 4, 1934, to Antonio and Mary DeFalco Lombardozzi, he was the youngest of seven children.
The former mayor, council member and community leader was graduated from the local school system in 1952 and is a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Following military service, he became employed by the Crucible Steel Company as a foreman in the General Labor Department. He worked at the mill 31 years until the facility closed in 1982. In 1986, he joined the Homer Laughlin China Co. where he currently serves as the chief of security.
He is a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he has served as usher more than 52 years and has been active with the Knights of Columbus #507 as a former Grand Knight. In addition, he is a member of the Sons of Italy and was active in the early Wellsville Jaycee movement, holding virtually every office, including president in 1964. He received the organization’s Distinguished Service Award in 1968, Citizen of the Week in 1968, was a National Award winner of the "Outstanding Community Leader of America" in 1968 and was chosen Jaycee of the Year in 1969.
In 1983, Nunzio was selected by the Morning Journal as one of the recipients of the Columbiana County Men and Women of the Year award. He was also selected to the honor of "Friends of the Schools Award" in 1983. He is known as the “Marrying Mayor of Wellsville,” having officiated more than 330 weddings during his eight year term.
He has served on virtually every charity drive in Wellsville including: The Heart Fund Drive Chair for 18 years, Dollars for Scholars, Catholic Charities, Boy Scouts, Mental Health and Youth Baseball. He is most proud of being the scorekeeper for Wellsville High School's football and basketball teams for nearly 70 combined years.