Mark was such a great guy at the UHigh - always a smile or a joke. In so many years since, whenever I went into the restaurant, same smile or joke! Thanks Mark for putting a smile in my life.
Only knew Mark from behind the steam table at Rigazzi's since the late 70's. What a guy! As a transplant from Chicago it was fascinating that he never knew a stranger, and as a regular through the next 20 years on Fridays, I was treated as family. What a blessing this man was to the city of St. Louis. May he serve as he did, and his family rest in the knowledge the he was doing the work of a true ambassador.
Dearest Joan and Family. We are so saddend at this news. Our hearts go out to you. We will not forget Mark. He always greeted us as though we were his best friends and always asking about the entire family and what we were up to. He always had us laughing. We will miss him.
Dear Joan and family, Mrs. Aiazzi, Karen and family,
I am so very saddened to hear about Mark. Please accept our deepest sympathy at this most difficult time. Yes, Mark was ONE-OF-A-KIND! AN ALL-AROUND GREAT, GREAT GUY! Fun memories! MARK WILL BE DEARLY MISSED! GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU!
Love and prayers,
Thanks Mark, for my first job. Rigazzi's will not be the same without you!
SLUH class of 79
To the Aiazzi family, I am a classmate of Mark's from SLUH. I was so glad to see him if only briefly at our last reunion. I no longer live in St. Louis, but I visit Rigazzi's every time I come back. Mark had a great sense of humor and he was fun to be around. Please accept my condolences and prayers. Mark will be greatly missed.
Deepest sympathy to the Aiazzi family. Ed and Karen Hale
Mark, you were like a brother to all of us younger guys who worked with you. Remembering racket ball challenges at Columbia...RIP
Very sad to hear about Mark...Rigazzi's holds many good memories for our family when my dad, Norm Burzen,worked for Coin Acceptors on Daggett...We always visit the restaurant on trips to St. Louis. Our sympathy...
Ron and Sue (Burzen) Duncan
My deepest sympathy to all of the family of Mark Aiazzi. I am sister-in-law to one of his many nieces. I pray for the repose of his soul and the consolation of his family as they mourn his loss.
Dear Joan & The Aiazzi Family~
"How Beautiful" The Mass of Resurrection for Mark was today! He is certainly proud & smiling down on you & his children today! Our hearts are heavy for your whole family...May the evidence of how immensely Loved Mark was and always will be, bring you all God's peace in the days ahead.
"A Faithful Friend is a sturdy shelter. He who finds one, has found a Treasure. A Faithful Friend is Beyond Price~No sum can balance his Worth" ~Sirach 6:14-15. Mark made us ALL feel Rich! Thank You Mark~ Our Treasured Friend!
May God Hold You All in His Hands. With Heartfelt Sympathy, Tim & Lisa Berra Family
Joan, My deepest synmpathy goes out to you and the family of a super gentleman. First time I meet Mark in my travels to St. Louis was the late 70's and everytime I've returned always stopped to drink and eat at Rigazzi's. Mark was always there to greet me and remmeber the swiss army knife I had sent him. He was truly a caring indivdual and a ST.Louis friend. He will truly be missed. My God's love surround everyone inthe Aiazzi family. All of my prayers are with all of you.
Mark will surely be missed and remembered as such a Great Smilin' Guy.
I feel blessed to have known him. May God's warm and loving embrace be felt by Mark's Family.
Sincere condolences to the Aiazzi family. I've just been reconnecting with a bunch of SLUH 74 classmates, and was so saddened to hear the news. The family has suffered a huge loss, but more accurately the entire city of St. Louis has lost an icon. He is already missed. - Bob Wilber, SLUH '74
I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the family of Mark Aiazzi. Also condolences to his mother Josephine. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad and difficult time.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Goodbye, Mark. Like so many, I knew you and your sister a long time. Thinking of you everytime I came into the restaurant, makes me smile. I am a better person for knowing you.
The Crusaders Club of St Ambrose offers our condolences to the Aiazzi family. Mark gave the club a wonderful place to have our holiday party and meetings. He will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
Dear Joan and Family,
My deepest sympathies for your great loss.
I was fortunate to have known Mark for most of my life through his friendship with my brother John.
The one thing I will always remember about Mark was that he always treated me like his own younger brother. He actually gave me the first baseball glove I ever owned (one of his own favorite gloves) and helped teach me the basics of the game. He always reminded my brother John that he should feel forutnate to have a younger brother and he made sure John dutifully filled his role(which of course he did).
As we all know, beyond the brash,fun loving, full of life person that Mark was; there was always a heart of gold.
God Bless you Mark. Your spirit and memory will live with all of us.
Tony and Cindy,
I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure meeting Mark at the Tour Center that one time (when Tony had a flat tire). I have no doubt he was a stellar father and wonderful father-in-law. You are both, as well as your family, in my thoughts and prayers, and I'm here for you if you need me.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Mark was my coach when I was little and my family really didn't have a lot of money to pay for me and my brother to play sports and so mark took his time and money to make sure that me and my brother played sports... I am really thankful for him and we will miss him....he is in mine and my brother heart..
Carissimi Joan e Famiglia
Quando mia figlia Silvia è venuta da voi la scorsa estate, ha avuto la sensazione di stare in Famiglia. Era la prima volta che lei incontrava te e Mark
Siate certi che la parte italiana della vostra famiglia sta pregando per Mark ed in particolare per voi, per darvi coraggio di mantenere alto lo spirito in questo momento triste per tutti noi.
Un grande abbraccio
Dear Joan and Family
When my daughter Silvia came to you last summer, he had the sensation of being in the Family. It was the first time she met you and Mark
Rest assured that the Italian part of your family is praying for Mark and especially for you, to give you courage to keep up the spirit in this sad moment for all of us.
A big hug
Joan...Please know that you and your children are in my thoughts and prayers..GOD bless you...Mary Helen McVey
My thoughts and prayers go out to Josie, Karen, and the rest of the Aiazzi Family.
I am very saddened to hear of Mark's passing. Have many great memories while working at Rigazzis as a teenager. I know he will be missed by many but never forgotten.
This news is heart-breaking! Mark was my basketball coach growing up and a very sweet and caring man. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will be missed.
Sue and I are deeply saddened by your loss. Plese know that we are thinking of you all during this difficult time and praying that you find peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.
Louis & Sue LaBarber and family
I was so sorry to hear the news. I took care of his dad years ago ICU at Incarnate Word Hospital. You have my deepest sympathy my prayers are with all of you, Kathy Geiser Ernst
The Aiazzi family is in our thoughts and prayers. I met Mark and Lou when I worked across the street from Rigazzi's at Coin Acceptors. My father (Joe Van) was close friends with Lou and Mark and always talked highly of them. Mark will be missed by family, friends and patrons of Rigazzi's. His hospitality at the restaraunt was contagious and made it a great place to visit. If you wanted to talk sports, Mark was the guy to find. RIP Mark.
My condolences to the entire Aiazza family and to Joan. I haven't seen Mark in years but he is not a man you can forget. I spent my college years hanging out with Karen and we spent countless Saturday nights in the Aiazzi home just hanging out with friends. Mark's booming personality will be sorely missed and St. Louis and 'the Hill' will not be the same without him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.
There is such a void as we mourn the loss of a great man. Mark's humor, passion for life and true generosity will always be remembered. May your memories bring you comfort. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you all. Phil, Laura, Will & Andrew Langhorst
Dear Joan and Family...Mark will always be remembered for his genuineness, generosity, and gregariousness. Whenever there was a need, Mark was there, and his warm disposition always lit up a room. We are thankful for having him in our lives, and we send our sincere sympathy for your loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Aiazzi family...to my longtime friend, say hi to Leroy...rosener
Dear Joan and Family,
Paul and I are so sorry for your tremendous loss.Paul has always told SLUH stories that often included Mark. Mark enjoyed teasing Paul about his work. We are so glad that you and Mark and the Iovladi's were able to spend time with us in Florida. A happy memory is Mark, who referred to me as the "bleeding liberal" calling me on the phone from our porch to ask me if we had any Sambuca and did I have any matches for the cigars.Mark loved you , his children, and family so much.We will miss our friend.Paul will be with all of you tonight and I will be in Florida raising a glass of Sambuca to a friend who left us too soon. Kathleen & Paul Matecki St. Pete Beach Fl
Joan my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Mark. He was truly one of a kind. I enjoyed knowing him. Hope you and your family realize that he is in a better place. With Love. Kay Krull (formerly of OLP)
I am so very sad to hear about Mark's passing. Joan and family my thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be sorely missed. Thanks so much for the slide show. He was so loved. and had so much to give. (Sokko's little sister)
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Aiazzi family. Mark has gone to a bigger ballpark and I ask that he guide and protect us all. Our four generations of family had the pleasure of his hospitality at Rigazzi's for many many years.
My best to the whole Aiazzi family. I barely knew Mark through my family, but can easily see the positive effect he has had on many, many people--a tribute to a good human being and so welcome to see. Blessings on Mark and his family and friends.
My mother called to tell me about your loss. I knew him many years ago and he always made me laugh and smile. I'm sure he was an incredible husband, father and son. May God Bless All Of You.
I am so sadden to hear of Mark's passing. I worked for him as a bartender back in 2001/2002 and he was the kindest and down to earth man that I and everyone else loved. I praying for his family that knowing Mark is in God's hands now and the wonderful times he spent with us will help heal broken hearts of his loved ones. He always had a smile and so did his wife, mom and uncle Charlie. Great Family. God Bless him.
Dear Joan and kids, Jim and I and our children are thinking of you. Our hearts our very sad. We have some great memories when the kids were little. He will be missed. The Imo Family
Dear Aiazzi family, you have our deepset sympathy. Going to the restuarant as teens and then going to the restuarent as adults, has left so mnay happy memories. We only knew Mark to see and speak and be smile, but he always made us feel like friends. I am proud to work his service and we will hold you in our hearts our minds and our prayers
sam and tori greco
Dear Joan and family,
Our hearts go out to you as you have lost a great man. He has touched so many lives and we are fortunate to have known him. Your OLP families and St. Louis will deeply miss him.
I've been out of STL for many years and was very saddened to learn of Mark's passing. So many great memories from the U Hight days. Mark always made everyone around him feel "included"; part of the group. He will be sorely missed. Our prayers to your family.
Andy & Barb Eberle
Sincere condolences to Mark's family and friends! My friendship with Mark began in the days of Cardinal football, when the Rigazzi's group and the East Side fans who sat in adjacent seating areas became fast friends! Many of both groups are gone now, but Mark had a way of keeping those old friendships alive and flourishing! Rest in peace, Mark! You will be missed!
Joan; Kevin and I would like to offer our condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Kevin & Tina Clarkin
Our hearts go out to you in your loss; even though he is gone, memories of Mark will remain with St. Louis for years to come.
Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Mark, I have had the great privilege of working with his daughter Mary. As I look through the pictures and read the comments about Mark's life, I realize that he has passed many wonderful qualities on to his daughter and we see his spirit continue in those he loved. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Dear Joan, Mary and family, We are holding you up in our prayers. We love you guys. The Conboy Family
Dear Aiazzi Family,
I was so saddened by the news of Mark's death and want to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. I have such fond memories of babysitting for your family. It's hard to believe the "kids" are now having children of their own. May God bless you all in this time of sorrow.
Karen, Josie and Aiazzi family,
Mark was such a warm and wonderful person. He will be missed. We are so very sorry for your loss. May God hold you in his arms during this difficult time. You are all Loved so very much.
You have always been one of my favorite people. Your loss is so tremendous and my heart just aches for you and your beautiful family. You are in my prayers.Rest assured that Danny and Murray will be around to show Mark the ropes.
Good friend of Karen and will keep all of you in my pryers. God bless you all.
I was so sad to hear the news about Mark. Mark was a very special person who lit up the room and put a smile on your face when he walked in. I have many great memories of Mark from our high school years and I treasure those memories. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers
We are very sorry to hear about Mark's death. You have our sympathy and heartfelt condolences. He will be missed.
I offer Sincere Condolences to the Aiazzi Family in your loss of Mark. May God Bless him and all of you. You are all in the Prayers of the Marciano Family. Joanna Marciano from "The Hill"
The community sends its sympathies to your family. I was only a casual customer, but was always greeted as though I was a special friend.
A St. Louis resident
Joan,I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Mary Anne Luebbert (Brennan)
Joan and family, our prayers are with all of you. I'm glad to have known such a great person. I can remember growing up and sleeping over night at his house in grade school, going to eat lunch at Rigazzi after bowling on Saturdays at Palace bowl and hanging out at St. Ambrose......I will treasure the times I had with him....I miss you big guy......Gary Guarino
My thoughts and prayers are with the Aiazzi Family. We were so shocked and saddened to hear about Mark. He was a great man and it was a pleasure to have done business with him all those years.
Jim Ackenhausen, old beer salesman
Mark was always kind, and always had a big smile and joke to tell. I am so saddened to hear of his passing; such an enormous loss to his family, and to our Hill community. My deep condolences to the Aiazzi family.
To the Aiazzi Family, my sympathies on the passing of Mark. He was one of the good guys. I raise a fishbowl of Budweiser to Mark in remembrence of his life and for touching all of our lives.
Joan and family, I am heartbroken for all of you. Our prayers are with you. May God bless you during this difficult time. Warm regards, Barb & Gerry Liebmann
Deepest sympathy to the Aiazzi family and restaurant employees , mark was very gracious to everyone on the hill and much support to the crusaders club members throughout the years. Always had a smile , or funny comment when we would come to eat . He will be missed by many.
Gone too soon. Love Lynn, Randy and Tim Valli family
Tony, Cindy, and the Aiazzi Family - So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Nathan & Kristin Carter
Joan and kids, from the entire Fish family, we offer our condolences. Beyond being a great husband and father,he was a great friend and great man. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Aiazzi family. The Hill will never be the same. Rest in peace Mark.
To Tony and the rest of the Aiazzi family: Please accept my prayers and sympathy at this difficult time. May he rest in peace. Coach "Bish"
Our thoughts are with the Aiazzi family during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss.
Joan, My deepest sympathy for you and your family. I am always thinking of you and so much more now since I read this today in the paper.
Pat (Farr) Jones
Mark was a longtime friend. Always smiling, always caring. We'll miss you.
My thoughts are with the entire family,at this time of sarrow.
Being a former resident of St. Louis I had the pleasure of eating at Rigazzi's many times. My deepest sympathies to the family in this sad time.
Dear Joan and Family,
My memories of your husband and dad are numerous. He was a devout dad who loved his family above all. Thoughts and prayers for you all.
Linda and Greg LaConte
Joan - my heartfelt condolences to you and your family - i laughed loud with him - and feel fortunate to have had that chance to enjoy an evening with you and Mark - take care and will keep you and your family in my prayers
Kate (friend of Barnes group/Annie)
Mary my sympathies on the loss of your father. He raised a wonderful young lady and soon-to-be mother!
Some of my favorite people are Italian restaurant owners and Mark was among the best.
I've known him since I was a "big kid" at St. Ambrose and he was a "little kid" and I often saw him and his sister Karen in their pre-school years when they would visit their grandparents on Pattison when I lived on Marconi.
My St. Ambrose alums and I always enjoyed visiting with Mark during our regular Saturday morning breakfasts at "Rigazzi's" The last time I saw him was a few weeks ago when he was outside the restaurant with his lifelong buddy, Jimmy Pozzo, who often drove Mark around in recent months. That morning, my St. Ambrose alums were leaving "Rigazzi's" and I approached Mark to shake hands. He suddenly grabbed me in a bear hug and playfully kissed me on the cheek - which elicited quite a bit of laughter.
This is an example of the community bond that results from growing up on The Hill. Mark will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him but we will always appreciate his friendship.
I offer my prayers and condolences to Joan, Josie, Karen and the entire Aiazzi family.
What a great man ... Quick wit, generous and larger than life, both in spirit and his love for engaging just everyday people. RIP and blessings and prayers to Joan and family.
Joan, Josie and Aiazzi family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sadness. We will always remember the wonderful times we had growing up together especially those Rigazzi picnics at the club house. Mark will be especially missed by my father, Angelo.
We are so sad to hear of your loss. Mark will always be remembered. Our hearts and prayers go out to Joan and all of the Aiazzi family.
Dear Joan, Josie and the entire Aiazzi Family,
You were blessed to call him a husband, father, son, and brother. Rich was blessed to have him as a boss and a friend. I remember more than anything, how he always was smiling and how kind he was to Rich and myself! He was sincerly the best example of a WONDERFUL man!
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time!
He will always be remembered as a big part in Rich and my lives.
Our hearts go out to both of you!
Rich and Diane Garavaglia
The Hummel Family sends their humble prayers for healing and warmest condolences.
To the Aiazzi family, I'm truly sorry for your loss. Mark took my two boys under his wing and helped them mentally, physcially and financially play sports throughout their childhood. My oldest son Jeff made a baseball bat in his shop class and gave it to Mark as a gift, my sons, Jeff and Ric Sluka and myself will miss him dearly, he was such a wonderful man.
Joan, I was so sorry to hear of Mark's passing. He was a very special man and will be missed by so many.
My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Rest in peace Mark.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very difficult time, Mark will be missed by all. Daniel Ferrario
I am sorry to hear of your loss. It has been many years since I have talked with my cousin. Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Thoughts and prayers to the entire Aiazzi family. The Hill has lost a true gem.
The Brassel Family
always a great guy. The Macks, especially Charlie, will miss him dearly. So sorry for your loss Joan & the kids.
We were blessed to be a small part of his life. Rest in Peace Mark
To the aiazzi family our heart and prayers go out to you, your father was such a great man and will be missed by many, JAMIE SORRENTINO AND FAMILY.
Joan, Aunt Josie, Karen & family,
Our condolences to you all regarding the loss of Mark. So much like his father, Mark was a generous, loving person who would give you the shirt of his back! Nothing but great memories about growing up together as cousins on the Hill and of course Rigazzi's. We hope you can find some peace and comfort by remembering all the fun times and special moments you all shared during his lifetime.So sorry for your loss. Peace & Love,
Tears in my eyes as I type this. Mark lives on in paradise and always in our hearts. He gave so unselfishly to our parish and the world, embracing his mission of faith and service with wit and kindness. He and blessed Joan raised the most amazing offspring. His departure leaves such an abyss. We'll all have to fill it with love like his. Regretfully, Kathy Chilenski
I cannot imagine a world without Mark Aiazzi. He was a very special man. I had the honor of working for him and his family for 35 years. We were always there for each other. I remember when I thought I had a heart attack. I was in my hospital bed and he was sitting in the chair in my room waiting for me to wake up. When my son died, he was at my side as I was his when his father passed away. Our road trips to Memphis and Chicago, playing softball for 17 years, going to Cardinal's football games and so many other memories too long to list here. I thought losing my Mother a week ago was painful but now I am overwhelmed. Loving you was easy, Mark. Missing you will be very hard.
Joan and Family-Mark was one of a kind....so gentle and generous. He will be greatly missed by all of his cousins. He was loved lots! Such a great man with a BIG heart!!!!!
Our condolences to you Joan, and your families regarding the loss of Mark. Ron always had the utmost respect for him and you and enjoyed his short career at Rigazzi's. May you and your family find peace and comfort in the coming days ahead. Ron & Sheila Dewell
on behalf of my entire family I offer my condolences to Mark's family during this very difficult time.
Jim Ruggeri and family