Carl Edward Bozzo ’53 was born on Nov. 27, 1931, in Richmond to Pauline Nasello and Carmen Bozzo. He spent most of his youth in San Jose and graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1949, where he played basketball and boxed. After attending Creighton University, he graduated from dental school in 1956 from St. Louis University. Three weeks later, Carl married the love of his life, Diane Filice, at St. Mary’s Church in Gilroy. He served in the Navy in San Diego for two years before opening a successful dental practice back in Gilroy. Together Carl and Diane raised seven children. Carl was a fearless visionary and entrepreneur: after 30 years of dentistry he obtained a master’s degree at the University of San Francisco and built a managed-health care company from four employees to over 150 that served over 500,000 members. Awards and accolades include “Citizen of the Decade” by the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce and “Entrepreneur of the Year” finalist in Orange County. In life, Carl kept faith in Christ as his central focus and was deeply involved with activities at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach, California, and The Carmel Mission. Carl’s deep faith propelled his enormous generosity toward those in need. His greatest treasure in life was his family. At 86 years old, he died peacefully surrounded by his family on Jan. 30, 2018, at the Community Hospital in Monterey. He is survived by Diane Filice, his wife of 61 years, and seven children: Michele (Lono Mahi), Daniel (Elizabeth), Lisa (Joseph Orlandini), Suzanne, Augustine Francis (Cathy), Christine (JR Daily), and Andrew (Molly).  He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, two-great grandchildren, his younger brother Sam (Judy), plus countless nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. Carl is preceded in death by his mother, Pauline, father Carmen, and twin sister Carmel Sanelli (husband Floyd also deceased) and grandchild John Paul.

08 Nov 2018