Dwayne Tarsi

Published 4:28 pm Friday, November 12, 2021

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Mr. Dwayne Tarsi of Andalusia passed away Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 in the Andalusia hospital. He was 84.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Christ the King Catholic Church. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Father “Bill” Nguyen officiated the services at the church. Interment followed at Stone Lake Gardens Cemetery with full military honors. Serving as pallbearers were Ben Dzanbazoff, Randy Kuhn, David Kidd, Dave Ramirez, Brentley Windham, Paul Dzanbazoff, Ryan Dzanbazoff, and Blake Ramirez.

Left to cherish his memory, loving wife, Mary Lee Tarsi; daughters, Julie (Ben) Dzanbazoff of Michigan, Karla (David) Kidd of Crestview, Florida, Gina (Randy) Kuhn of Andalusia, Patty (Dave) Ramirez of Andalusia; brother, Terry (Rose) Tarsi of Iron River, Michigan; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nello Tarsi and Dena Pieragostini; and a son, Duane Nello Tarsi Jr.

Dwayne joined the military and left his small town in Michigan to find the love of his life in Alabama. Together for 64 years, Dwayne and Mary built a life of love, family and deep faith that guided them through each of those years.  Dwayne absolutely loved to tell a great story and even added his own flavor when needed to keep it interesting. He was patriotic and believed in America which made him a very successful Army recruiter. Dwayne loved Alabama football and could be seen decked out from head to toe stylishly supporting his team. His biggest joy in life was his family. He was so very proud to be a husband, dad and especially loved being called Papa. His legacy will last through the memories, the stories and a part of him that lives on in each of his girls and their families.