Elizabeth "Betty" Vizzini

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Elizabeth Marie Vizzini, daughter of the Most High God and One of God's Favorite Lambs, went home to be with her Beloved Jesus, and husband John Salvatore on December 4, 2015 at 11:43am in Gilchrist Hospice. Surrounded by angels, her sisters and her children, she was released back to her loving God. Born in Baltimore, MD to Elizabeth (Ziegler) Sewell and Thomas Sewell on April 5, 1932, she lived her 83.5 years with fervor and tenacity. Betty Mae Sewell, called "Liz" by John, and "Betty" by most, had a servant's heart, and many qualities of grace, including kindness and deep love. She suffered and overcame numerous afflictions to witness to the Power of God in her simple and humble life as a mother and "homemaker". Her favorite love in the world was first her husband, John, with whom she spent 62 married years and is now reunited to dance with him again, her final wish. They passionately lived grace through disagreeing heartily, having regular good laughs, and being saved through a great deal of faith found through church and a great devotion to Mary, mother of Jesus. Mom loved being a mom, grandmom and great grandmom as her calling to care for her treasures. Her additional career was as a manager without the benefit of the title, as she "ran" Carrolltowne Mall, where she was deeply appreciated for her grace filled style for 20 years. She is survived by four adoring daughters, Marie E. Ritgert and husband Michael of Mt. Airy, Dr. Joanne F. Vizzini of Columbia, Theresa Melville and husband Scott of Hampstead and Mary B. Albert and husband James of Eldersburg, loved by her sisters Shirley Fortman of Fallston and Barbara Bowman of Shrewsbury, PA, and adored by her grandchildren Alicia, Stephanie, Derek, Amber, Samantha, Alex, Monica, Adam, Daniel and Elena and great grandsons Luke and Jase. She loved music and dancing throughout her lifetime. She sang on the radio at age 10 and in many school productions at Catonsville High School. She taught herself to tap dance and was performing it still at age 79. Her favorite and only dance partner for life was John Salvatore Vizzini, who made her laugh more than anyone in the world. She always was singing doing her chores or listening to her favorite radio songs. And, she owned about 250 DVD's of her favorite movies, each one her favorite! Her servant's heart led her to cantor at St. Joseph's Church for 40 some years and to be in charge of many events, like being the Sodality (dedicated to Mary) vice president, organizing Chicken Barbecues and spaghetti dinner's. She even hosted 100 nuns for crabs at her home each year for ten straight years. You were lucky if you got to taste Mom-moms meatballs, as she loved the kitchen and what she could create for those grandchildren, children and husband whom she loved. Making her great Italian sauce on a Sunday and having her family at table were favorites. She gave generously to so many charities that they cannot even all be named. She also volunteered as a Girl Scout mom, selling cookies from her home base. Being loved by Betty was a treat as she would say, "Love you, whole wide world." She will be greatly missed by many, even those who cared for her in her final 7 years. Her light will shine in the world for many years to come in the memories of those who loved her. Friends may call on Friday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville. On Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Community, 915 Liberty Road, Eldersburg, the Rosary will be prayed in honor of Mary at 9am followed by a musical prelude at 9:45am. A mass of resurrection and celebration of life will start at 10am. Interment at Lake View Memorial Park. Donations in Betty's memory may be sent to Lorien Mt. Airy, the , or a .



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Haight Funeral Home & Chapel
6416 Sykesville Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
410-795-1400
Published in Carroll County Times on Dec. 10, 2015
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