The angels carried the soul Peter W. Rizzo to heaven, Saturday, July 6, 2013, from Wesley Village in Jenkins Township. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and loved him. He was a very loving husband, brother, father, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather who respected life and went out of his way to help others.
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Pete was born Dec. 30, 1934, and was a resident of Avoca.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Catherine.
Surviving are his sisters, Rose Davis, Genevieve Petroski and her husband, Charles; Pauline Cobb, Eleanor Sartorio; his brother, Joseph and wife, Janet; his daughters, JoAnn Yashinski and her husband, Lenny; Cathy Brunetti and her husband, Dino; and his sons, Billy Rizzo and his wife, Nancy; Pete Rizzo and his wife, Doreen; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Pete was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and spent time in the United States as well as overseas earning multiple honors and medals.
While in the service, Pete married Josephine Pepe on Jan. 12, 1955. Later, he was employed by Beltrami Enterprises and Pagnotti's as a heavy machinery operator.
Our family would like to express our deepest gratitude to the nurses and staff of Wesley Village for the love and kindness they gave Pete while living there. Also, we are thankful for the Hospice of the Sacred Heart staff who provided such loving care. Finally, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Charles Manganiello for all the years of care you provided for Pete.
Funeral services have been entrusted to Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will begin at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish, Pittston.
Pallbearers for the Mass are Peter's grandsons: Lenny and Eric Yashinski, Billy and Joey Rizzo, and PJ and Santino Rizzo. Interment services, with military honors performed by the AMVETS Honor Guard Post 4909, will be held in Denison Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish, 535 N. Main St., Pittston, PA 18640.
For directions to our funeral home or to express your condolences to Peter's family, please visit www.GrazianoFuneralHome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice from July 8 to July 9, 2013