Clarence H. Rizzi, 98, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Mercy Hospital. He was born April 3,1923, in Herminie, son of the late Peter and Eva (Couchenour) Rizzi. Clarence graduated Sewickley Township High School, Class of 1942, and from there joined the Navy, serving on the Minesweeper USS Salem, later renamed the USS Shawmut. Ship and crew saw action participating in both the invasion of North Africa and Italy, as well as action in the Pacific Theater Operations during the Second World War. On Feb. 2, 1950, Clarence married Helen Pavlik. Their progeny includes three children, Donald and Margie (Lichwa) Rizzi, Marilyn (Rizzi) Walther and Tim and Barbara (Rizzi) Timbrook. In addition, Clarence and Helen have 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Clarence retired from Columbia Gas Co., was a member of St. Stephen's Byzantine Church and, with wife, Helen, spent the winters together at their place in Lakeland, Fla. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Emily Timbrook; three sisters, Jane Fawcett, Betty Rizzi and Geraldine Rothwell; brother, Allen; and infant brother, Pete. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, at the JAMES SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, with funeral liturgy at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Irwin Union Cemetery. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com
Published by Tribune Review on Jan. 14, 2022.