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Joseph N. Rizzo

February 26, 2017

J.oseph N. RizzoJoseph 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.


#13 Sandra & Jon Macy 2017-03-03 08:06
Sending heartfelt sympathies to the entire Rizzo family. Joe was a wonderful and kind man who always had that twinkle in his eye! Rest easy Joe ~ you will be missed.
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#12 Joe and Pat Gravelle 2017-03-01 19:31
Our sincere condolences to all your family.
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#11 Debbie Amatucci 2017-03-01 12:26
So sorry to hear about your loss. Joe was such a nice man. I know you will cherish so many good memories with him.
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#10 susan j. pete 2017-03-01 10:49
my condolences to all for your loss, may the lord bless you all be at your side to heal and sustain you.
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#9 michael oddi 2017-03-01 10:31
so sorry to hear about your loss. our prayers are with joe and the family.
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#8 John Howard 2017-03-01 09:43
My condolences to the Rizzo Family,
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#7 Maureen DeRosia 2017-02-28 22:39
I am sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, father, and grandfather. I knew Jim back in high school. Sending thoughts and prayers to your family.
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#6 Diane Recupero 2017-02-28 21:30
On behalf of the Coleman family, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Leo and I are both in FL. and will not be able to be with your family. Our hearts are with you and we will hold fond memories of our families together on Coffeen Street forever! Sending our deepest sympathy! Love to each of you!
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#5 Kelly Olsen 2017-02-28 15:24
Carol and Family,

I am extremely saddened to hear about Joe's passing. Joe was an amazing boss (probably be the best boss ever) and friend. I have so many fond memories of working for Joe at Coldwell Banker-memories that I will cherish forever. Joe is an irreplaceable man and it is an honor that my family and I got to know him. My sincerest condolences.
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#4 David Koster 2017-02-28 10:46
To the Rizzo Family, my heart and blessing's go out to you an the entire family for such a great loss. May he rest in a peace.
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