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 from Sewickley Township High School and from there join the United States Navy, serving on the Mine sweeper 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 February 4, 1950, Clarence married Helen Pavlik. Their progeny includes three children; Donald and Margie (Lichwa) Rizzi, Marilyn (Rizzi) Walther. Tim and Barbara (Rizzi) Timbrook. In addition Clarence and Helen have 10 Grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. Clarence retired from Columbia Gas Company, was a member of St Stephen’s Byzantine Church, and with wife Helen spent the winters together at their place in Lakeland FL. 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, Funeral Liturgy 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Interment Irwin Union Cemetery. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com
Originally published January 13, 2022.