Joseph RizziJuly 26, 1941 ~ July 11, 2017 (age 75)
Joseph (Guiseppe) Rizzi, age 75, passed away peacefully in his home on July 11, 2017 in Naples, FL with his loving wife and family by his side.
Joe was born on July 26, 1941 in Bari, Italy and spent most of his childhood in Venezuela, before moving to Pittsburgh in 1960 where he met and married Dorothy Arnold, in 1966. Over 50 years of marriage, his children remember him as a hard-working father instilling the utmost work ethic and integrity.
He was an active and dedicated member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 for over 50 years, and owner/operator of Joe Rizzi & Son’s Construction Inc. for 30 years, as underground utilities contractor. Upon retiring, he made his permanent home in Naples, FL. He was a generous and witty individual, fluent in 3 languages, who loved bocce, happy hours with friends, wine making, and socializing, and was passionate about gardening and cultivation of tropical fruits and plants on his 2.5-acre estate in Naples FL.
Joe is survived by his wife, Dorothy Rizzi; children, Angela Lorie Rizzi, of Naples, FL, and Joseph Daniel Rizzi of Seattle, WA; sibling, Rose Rizzi of Pittsburgh, PA; and grandchildren, Ernesto Rizzi, Meagan Kohrs, Katie Kohrs, Michael Rizzi, and Mikaela Rizzi. He is preceded in death by his parents Miguel Rizzi & Angelina Pavia Rizzi; son Michael Joseph Rizzi; and siblings Mary Camdiano and Cresenza Santa Maria, both of Venezuela.
Florida visitation and celebration of life will be held on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m at the Muller-Thompson Funeral Chapel, 2011 Pine Ridge Rd Naples, FL 34109. Pennsylvania service will be held July 17th and 18th under direction of Harts Funeral Home, in Murrysville, PA.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank Avow Hospice of Naples for their compassionate caregivers. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Joe's memory to Avow Hospice at www.avowcares.org,
1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples FL 34105