February 26, 2017
Joseph N. Rizzo, 80, passed away at his home in Watertown Sunday evening, February 26, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Thursday, March 2, from 4 - 7PM. A prayer service will be at the funeral home on Friday, March 3, at 10:15AM followed by a funeral mass celebrated at St. Anthony's Church at 11AM with Msgr. Robert Aucoin, pastor, presiding.
Mr. Rizzo was born in Watertown on March 9, 1936, son of Nelson J. and Mary A. (Gross) Rizzo. Mr. Rizzo graduated from Watertown High School. On May 18, 1955 he married Carol A. McDonald at St. Anthony's Church with Rev. Dennis Lynch officiating.
Joe owned and operated Coldwell Banker Ramada Realty for 48 years and was a member of the National Association of Realtors. He was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church. As a boy he enjoyed his horses and raising beagles on his family's farm, and later enjoyed boating, fishing trips, and snowmobiling.
He is survived by his wife, Carol. The couple has six children, James M. Rizzo, Watertown, Joseph N. Rizzo, Jr., Sackets Harbor, Julie A. (Rizzo) Sanderson and husband, Keish, Watertown, Mary Ann (Rizzo) Pietrowski, Lexington, KY, Sarah J. (Rizzo) Chapman and husband, Edward, Watertown, and Donna M. (Rizzo) LaRock, who passed away July 7, 1989, and her husband, Charles E. LaRock, Sterling, VA. Mr. Rizzo is also survived by ten grandchildren, Todd Rizzo, Charles LaRock, Keith LaRock, Alisha Rizzo, Mariah Rizzo, Donna Sanderson, Hanna Sanderson, Philip "Trip" Pietrowski, Annalise Pietrowski, and Peyton Chapman; three great great grandchildren, Rylan Smart, Lexi LaRock, and C. Eric LaRock and another grandson on the way; two brothers, Dominic R. Rizzo and wife, Donna, FL and James A. Rizzo, NC; three sisters, Lucia A. Hnath, GA, Jane E. Perritano and husband, Anthony J., FL, and Rosemary D. Franke and husband, Richard, GA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Rizzo's family wished donations be made in his name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.