Victor Lenzo, MD

April 12, 1924 ‒ December 01, 2012

Marion, Ohio

Dr. Victor Lenzo, a family physician practicing in Marion, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2012. He was a native of Newcomerstown, OH, born April 12, 1924 to Carmelo and Sarah Lenzo.

He first knew he wanted to become a doctor during his sophomore year of high school at Newcomerstown, where he graduated in 1941, but it was almost 10 years after high school that he went on to attend medical school.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943. He served as First Mate Pharmacist before being discharged in 1946. He then went into business with his brother, opening the Touraine Supper Club in their hometown in 1948.

At the time he began undergraduate college, he and his wife, Lucille, had one child and were expecting another. When he graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s of science degree and received his diploma from OSU’s College of Medicine, they had five children.

He completed his internship at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, OH from 1958-1959. He then came to Marion to start his practice. He provided health care to five generations of families for over 50 years.

When he was not taking care of his patients, he was assisting members of the Marion community. He dedicated himself to establishing the polio program in Marion and forming the Marion Arts Council in 1966.

Dr. Lenzo served as cultural chairman for the Marion Area Chamber of Commerce; Marion General Hospital Executive Committee 1968-1972; and was Chief of Staff at Marion General Hospital in 1971. He also served on the hospital’s board of governors from 1980-1984. As a forty year member of the Marion City Board of Health, he served as the Medical Director. He was a member of the Marion Symposiarchs; Red Cross; Medical Advisory Committee; Tri-Rivers Joint Vocational School; and Diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice (1979); Member of the Ohio State Medical Association; American Academy of Family Practice and North Central Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of family Physicians. He served on the Marion City Health Board and was recognized by the Junior Service Guild for renovation of the permanent Clearinghouse building in Sawyer Ludwig Park. He was active with the Marion Concert Association, serving as president in 1967, as well as vice president of the International Concert Association. During his retirement, he was the Medical Director for the Marion City Health Department.

Dr. Victor Lenzo is survived by his wife, Lucille, of 64 years of marriage. Five children: Stephen (Joyce), Thomas (Debi), Vickie (Robert Davidson), Ronald, Jan (James Ferree). Eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; and brothers Arthur (Judy) and Michael (Mitzi).

He was a world traveler. The highlight of all his journeys was his trip to Rome, Italy with his wife and children for a private audience with Pope Paul VI in 1971. He worked endlessly to manicure and preserve the perfection of his lawn, trees, and garden. You could find our father on any given Saturday coaching the Ohio State Buckeye football team.

The family will greet family and friends one hour before the 10:30AM Funeral Mass on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at St. Mary Church, 251 N. Main St., Marion, OH, where Fr. Dwayne McNew will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery.

In place of flowers, please donate in the name of Dr. Victor Lenzo to: Marion General Hospital Hospice, 278 Barks Road West, Marion, OH 43302; Attn: Teresa Hazlett. Arrangements have been entrusted to Gunder/Hall & Folk Funeral Directors. Condolences may be expressed, online, to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

  • I will always remember what a great Dr. he was. He was my doctor and then become my childrens doctor. Heaven has received a great man. May God be with you.

  • Dr. Lenzo was a wonderful man and superb physician. He was my Dr. from birth, until he retired. In 1983, I gave birth to my daughter and was unmarried. I had a very difficult delivery, and Dr. Lenzo not only was there for me and my child, he charged me next to nothing for his services- coming in every day for a week, sometimes twice a day. I will always remember this wonderful man as family. God Bless you , dear Sir.

  • Prayers to Dr. Lenzo’s family. I started going to him when he first came to Marion and then he treated my children til his retirement. I will always remember him as a kind, compassionate, caring doctor. He was there for many years to care for me and my family. God Bless. R.I.P. Dr. Lenzo

  • R.I.P. Dr. Lenzo, you will be missed by everyone whose lives you have touched. I am especially greatful to you for being the great person and doctor you were. You cared for me from my birth in 1971 until your retirement and had it not been for you I would not be alive today. From what my mom explained to me is that I had salmonella when I was a baby and was critically ill and had it not been for your quick action and determination to get me to childrens hospital as quickly as possible I would not have survived! Thank you for all you have done for me and my family. My thoughts and prayers go out the family of Dr. lenzo. “Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world”-John Milton

  • Dr. Lenzo was our family doctor and the first physician I worked for after becoming a nurse (1973). He worked tiredlessly to care for his patients and had so much compassion. May our Lord give his family the peace that passes all understanding during this difficult time.
    Carol MIller

  • Our deepest sympathies are with you, his family. He cared for all of our children with the greatest degree of professionalism and compassion.

  • Dr Lenzo became our Dr in 1970 when my son was born. He remained our Dr until his retirement..how I loved his smile and soft voice…a great man has gone on for his heavenly reward..deepest sympathy

  • Dr. Lenzo was the first doctor I ever went to when we moved to Marion. He delivered my son and took care of him till we moved away for a while. Even many years later if I happened to see him somewhere he would ask about him. My deepest sympathy to his family.

  • My prayers are with Dr. Lenzo’s family as you reflect on the beautiful memories of your husband, father and grandfather. May his soul forever rest in peace. Love, Laura

  • Even though Dr. Lenzo retired when I was still very young, I have fond memories of his office & his kindness. I have yet to find another doctor with such interest in his patients. I was very pleased & surprised to see him & Mrs. Lenzo at my wedding just 12 years ago. He was a great blessing & will be missed.

  • What a full and wonderful life. Dr. Lenzo is a big part of our family’s great memories growing up in Marion. All of his great accomplishments while raising and being part of a great family himself.

  • My prayers are with the entire Lenzo family . Dr. Lenzo was a big part of my life growing up and was a great man.

  • We both always appreciated Dr. Lenzo’s patient, loving care as our doctor and appreciate his dedication and time spent in service to his community. He was truly a loving compassionate man.

  • Lucille – we’re so very sorry for your loss. Your husband was a wonderful man, and we’re so glad we got to know him. You have our deepest sympathy.

  • Vicki, so sorry to read of your dad’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Lenzo was a special man as well as special doctor and he will be missed. He helped care for my family
    since my youngest daughter was born and we were always thankful for our excellent care. I will always remember him looking over the
    top of his glasses while giving you his diagnosis and what treatment he was recommending. Your whole family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • For Jennifer Davidson: Jennifer, I just wanted to extend my sympathy to you and your mom and dad and grandmother over the passing of your grandfather. Keeping you in my prayers during this difficult time and wanting you to know I was thinking of you.

  • Jan, so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • As a neighbor, patient, and friend of the family, please accept my condolences to Lucille and all of the family. I will always remember my last chat with Doc. at Shamrock Vineyard. He came up to me, stuck out his hand, and called me by name. I hadn’t seen him since the mid 70’s. I did not recognize him. He introduced himself and I blurted…”you’re still alive” He roared with laughter. To Tom, Steve, Vicki, Ron, and Jan, my thoughts are with.

  • As a neighbor, patient, and friend of the family, please accept my condolences to Lucille and all of the family. I will always remember my last chat with Doc. at Shamrock Vineyard. He came up to me, stuck out his hand, and called me by name. I hadn’t seen him since the mid 70’s. I did not recognize him. He introduced himself and I blurted…”you’re still alive” He roared with laughter. To Tom, Steve, Vicki, Ron, and Jan, my thoughts are with you. Jim Wagner, MCHS 70

  • Just wanted to let the family know what a Great Father and Doctor
    your Dad was if it hadn’t been for him our daughter Stephanie would not be walking today in 1975 she had dislocated hips. And a spinal problem. He found it at birth. Was our first child he kept telling me don’t give up hope. Someday she will walk and she did.
    I work at Buehlers in Delaware as cashier and Lucille and Dr Lenzo was in there I think with in the last 8 months and he knew me and asked about her. I am so glad our family got to know him He was a wonderful Doctor. You all have our condolences.

  • Steve,
    My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. I can even picture you there as I grew up just a short distance from Marion. It is a small world and we are all connected and affected by such loss. May you find comfort and strength in one another and in a life well lived. ~TamMara

  • Vickie and family, We were so sadden to hear of your loss. We know words can never help at this time, but know your are in our thoughts and prayers. Your dad will always be with you. Take care.

  • Dr. Lenzo was a kind man and those who were fortunate to have known him should be proud. May the Lord watch over all of you during this trying time.

  • Dr Lenzo was our family doctor for years and was a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Sam Walston and family

  • We saw doctor Lenzo for over 40 years. He was a fine doctor and we liked him very much. We last saw him at Bob Evans one evening awhile back. He remembered us and we were so pleased to see him. He will be remembered always in our household and missed as well. Our son Donnie feels the same.
    Sincerly Don and Pam Greenawalt

  • Lucille and family, I was saddened to hear of your loss. I send to you my wishes for your strength and well-being at this difficult time. Dr. Lenzo leaves behind a remarkable legacy of a fine family and so many contributions to our community.
    My sympathy to you all.

  • Tom & I are saddened by your loss. Your father sounds like he was a wonderful person. May your fondest memories always come to mind when you think of him.

  • The flame of medicine lit in high school stayed bright long after is “retirement”. He was often at CME and hospital functions. Truly, a dedicated physician.

  • My most sincere condolences to the Lenzo family, especially Vickie who I knew growing up in Marion. My Mom introduced me to Dr. Lenzo in the 60s and she respected him greatly. The Lenzo family will be in my thoughts.

    Tim Raab