Anthony J. Rizzi
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PRINCESS ANNE—Anthony J. Rizzi, 70, entered the Church Triumphant to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at home. Born in New Eagle, Pa. on Dec. 5, 1942, he was the son of the late Angelina and John Zerbino Rizzi of Monogahela, Pa.
He is lovingly survived by his wife of thirteen years, Ginger Rogers Rizzi; two step children, Clark Dashiell Blackburn and his fiance Shannon Getzey, and their daughter, Brielle Ann Marie Blackburn of Salisbury and Megan Eschrich Blackburn of Philadelphia. Mother and father-in-law, John B. and Kathleen Rogers of Murrells, Inlet, S.C. In addition Mr. Rizzi is survived by a daughter, Michelle Ann Rizzi, Harrisburg, Pa. He is also survived by a sister in Monogahela, Leticia Cardis; nephews Brian (Nicole) Cardis, daughter Mia and David Cardis, Florida.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Nancy in 1996.
Tony was a graduate of Monogahela High School. After graduation, he worked for AT&T serving as a teletype/
computer repairman. Upon retirement from AT&T he became the owner of Rizzi's Roost Farm in Princess Anne.
An Air Force veteran, he was a true gentleman in the old-fashioned sense of the word. In his spare time he enjoyed watching old movies, especially his hero: John
Wayne, attending concerts, and church when he was well, watching his beloved Steelers, listening to big band music and loving the new addition to the family, Brielle.
Mr. Rizzi lived with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) with Ginger as his wife and caretaker. The onset of the disease began in 2009 and official diagnosis was April 2010, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. ALS also
known as Lou Gehrig's disease is an autoimmune disease that moves its unwilling participants from a world of function into a world of deterioration, dependence and helplessness. Tony lived a life of grace and became a true witness to others of his abundant faith. He truly walked and lived among us believing the verse: "The Lord did not promise that life would be easy. But He did promise to go with you every step of the way."
The family wishes to express gratitude to CNA: Jennie, Tonya, Deanna, Shirley, Dior and Theresa. In addition, we are most grateful to the technicians and ALS Support Group who lovingly wrapped their arms around Tony.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at the First Baptist Church, Princess Anne on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. A luncheon will be served directly following the service.
Flowers will be lovingly received but donations will be accepted to the ALS Association DC/MD/VA Chapter, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, Md. 20855.
Please notate on your check memo line: Rizzi's Roost. These funds will go towards the support of others afflicted by this terrible disease. It will serve to bring them hope at a point where life seems to have none.
Published in The Daily Times from June 12 to June 13, 2013