Anthony Rizzo Sr.
ANTHONY RIZZO, SR. I. Anthony Rizzo Sr. I., born December 12, 1916 to Salvatore Rizzo and Maria La Pluma in Palermo Sicily passed away from illnesses at age 95. The last child of 12 siblings, all now deceased: Josephine Bruno, Catarina Lappi, Maria Guastella, Lena Roppolo, Francesco Rizzo, Giasseppi Rizzo, Vincenzo Rizzo; and four other siblings died in Italy as infants: Salvatore, Vitorio, Gina, and Santa. After migrating from Italy through Ellis Island, Mr. Rizzo's family lived in Brooklyn, NY. From there they relocated to Gulfport, MS to join relatives in the shrimp fishing business. The family next moved back to the Little Italy section of New York and became involved in a produce business. They then moved to Chicago, eventually settling in Northwest Indiana. Mr. Rizzo attended Froebel High School. He had his own concrete finishing business and was employed at United States Steel Corp. He played a variety of sports and was middleweight boxing champion with U.S. Steel Boxing Club and Gary/Chicago CYO in 1937, 1938, and 1939. He served as a City of Gary Firefighter. During World War II, he enlisted in the United States Army for a short time, only to be reinstated with the Fire Dept. when Japan surrendered and the war was over. He served with the Gary Fire Dept. for over 25 years until he retired with the rank of Captain. Mr. Rizzo was also involved in the family operation of several Italian restaurants, with his wife Ruth (deceased), and other Rizzo family members. The most renowned of the businesses was The Ricochet Pizza and Restaurant in Gary. Upon his restaurant retirement, Mr. Rizzo was employed with the Lake County Dept. of Weights and Measures until moving near his immediate family in central Florida, Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg. He belonged to several civic and fraternal organizations including, Italian American Club, Elks Lodge, Firefighters Assn., American Legion, Sheriff's Assn., Military Wounded Warriors Foundation and Hospice Foundation. He was a member of St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church and Diocese Cathedral in St. Petersburg, FL. He is survived by his son Anthony and his wife Kim; daughters: Marie, Patricia, and Francis, residing in Florida, Las Vegas, California and Northwest Indiana respectively; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; several nephews, nieces and family in the U.S. and Italy. He fought hard, loved compassionately, adored his family, and passed on with true dignity. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 20, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Burns Funeral Home, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point, IN. Interment in Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends are invited to meet with Mr. Rizzo's family on Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at Burns Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to The Wounded Warriors Foundation or to the Hospice Foundation.

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I know the pain you feel-son to father-bless you tony; live a good life that is the best tribute to your father.
July 12, 2020
Tony/Family--Sorry to learn of the passing of your father!!! YOU and our families have many memories to cherish!! God bless all and may he rest in peace!
John "Rick" / Cindy Yover
August 17, 2012
I am so sorry for the loss of your Father! I know he will always be in the hearts of his loved ones. You were lucky to have been able to spent the last minutes with him and Kim by your side! I carry you both in my prayers. Sue
July 31, 2012
Our deepest sympathy at your loss...Alex and Kathy Curry
July 28, 2012
Sorry for the loss of your Father -- I knew him and he was a great man. My deepest sympathy at this time
Kathleen Carnegie Villarreal
July 28, 2012
My love goes out to you my brother, for your loss, of a great man, father, and inspiration to many, and role model for you ......Carry on the torch, and make him proud....George Kos and Family (Kansas City, Mo..)
George Kos
July 28, 2012
We'll miss your dad, a man of respect.
Ed and Sue Sweeney
July 20, 2012
Sorry for the loss of your father. To lose such great warriors.....
John and Teri deLangis
July 20, 2012
Heaven holds the faithful departed.
Molinari Family
July 19, 2012
My wife and I offer our deepest sympathy for you and your family
Michael and Pamela Marasco
Michael Marasco
July 18, 2012
Uncle Tony will be missed by our whole family Love to you all Don and Sherry Dusich
July 18, 2012
Tony, you have my sympathies and prayers at this time of loss.
Terry Councilor
July 18, 2012
Marie (and family),

My deepest sympathy; was so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I'm sure he will be missed by all. He lived a long and happy life. Remember the good times.

Mary "Lou" (Flaris) Strickland
Mary Strickland
July 18, 2012
July 18, 2012
Dear Tony,
Sorry to hear about your Dad. I Have fond memories from the old neighborhood in Glen Park....walking to get the pizzas my mom/dad ordered for our family over the years. It was the best!!! God Bless you and your family...Joanne Nestler Filler
Joanne (Nestler)Filler
July 18, 2012
So sorry for your loss Tony. It sounds like your Father led a wonderfully exciting and full life. My Mother, Santa (Nuzzo) Gavin sends her sympathy too...John & Kathy Barako
Kathy Barako
July 18, 2012
Our condolences, Tony! May your many memories of him comfort you in this time of sorrow.
Joe & Kat Crawford
July 18, 2012