Frances A. Rizzo

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Frances A. Rizzo; 92

FITCHBURG -- Frances A. Rizzo, 92, a lifelong Fitchburg resident, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Health Alliance Leominster Hospital, after a long illness.

She leaves two nephews, Salvatore Rizzo of Fitchburg, and Daniel Rizzo and his wife, Mary of Leominster; four nieces, Josephine Belli of Fitchburg, Joanne Rizzo of Groton, and Camie Hoffman, and her husband, Norman, of Groton, and Mary Riccardi of Worcester; and several grand nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Salvatore and Joseph Rizzo, and one sister, Catherine Rizzo Merenda.

Frances was employed at Fitchburg State College in the Admission Office for many years.\

She was a lifelong member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Fitchburg and was President of its Women's Guild and taught C.C.D. there for many years. In addition Frances was active with the Xavarian Missionaries. She was a 1940 graduate of St. Bernard's High School. Frances loved to read and enjoyed politics and was an avid historian of religion.

She was born in Fitchburg, on February 15, 1922, a daughter of the late Dionisio and Giuseppina (Spiro) Rizzo.

RIZZO -- Her Funeral will be celebrated on Friday, Aug. 1, from the Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 243 Water St., Fitchburg, with a Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 87 Salem St., Fitchburg. Burial will follow in St. Bernard's Cemetery. Calling hours at the Funeral Home are on Friday, Aug. 1, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Flowers may be sent or memorial contributions may be made to the St. Anthony of Padua Parish Restoration Fund, 87 Salem St. Fitchburg, 01420 or may be left at the Funeral Home. See for further information

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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on July 31, 2014
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