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Raffaele G. Rizzo

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Of Revere. Died on Saturday, December 9th at the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers following a brief battle with prostate cancer. He was 94 years old. Raffaele was born in his native land of Chiusano, San Domenico, Italy. It was there he was born & raised along with his eight brothers and sisters. He was educated there and he also, like many of his generation, had a tremendous work ethic. Raffaele, worked as a train engineer for the railroad in Switzerland, being away for many months at a time. During this time, he married his wife, Maria G. (DiPierro) and had a daughter & son while in Italy. Raffaele, had decided to make a change and moved to the United States in 1966, landing in Boston’s North End, then moving to Revere in 1977. Raffaele worked as a butcher at Rodman’s in Boston for over 10 years before retiring. He enjoyed being surrounded by his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren, nothing mattered more to him than family. He was also a very good handy man repairing or replacing anything that needed to be fixed. His passion was his garden. He loved growing vegetables, fruits and plants. His family always got to enjoy his harvest each year.
He is the beloved husband of the late Maria G. (DiPierro) Rizzo of 59 years. Loving father of Antonietta Picardi & her husband Robert & Ermelindo “Lenny” Rizzo & his wife Maria, all of Revere. Cherished nonno of Amy Salvati & husband Joseph of Salisbury, Robert A. Picardi, Anthony Rizzo, Johnny Rizzo & Linda (Rizzo) Fillion & husband David all of Revere and the late Raffaele “Ralph” Rizzo & his wife Melissa Rizzo of Revere. Adored great nonno of Julian, Mia, Melinda, Jeannett, Julia, Ava, Dylan, Ryder, Dear brother of Ermelindo Rizzo of Italy & 7 late brothers & sisters.
Family & friends were invited to attend visiting hours on Tuesday, December 12th in the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals, Revere.  A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere followed by entombment in Woodlawn Cemetery – Versailles Mausoleum, Everett.
Please OMIT flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. 17 Fl., Chicago, IL 60601.

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