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Irene A. (LaRocca) Rizzo

Family & friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service on Saturday, December 11th at the First Congregational Church of Revere, 230 Beach St., REVERE at 10:00 a.m., for Irene A. (LaRocca) Rizzo, who died on Tuesday, December 7th at the North Shore Medical Center in Salem, following a lengthy illness, she was 76 years old. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. The family requests that all attendees wear masks throughout the services.

Irene was born in Boston and was a lifelong resident of East Boston. She was educated in Boston Public Schools and was an alumna of East Boston High School, Class of 1963. Irene was married to her husband Ronald Rizzo, and together they raised their two daughters, while they remained in East Boston.  Irene began a career as a “Meter Maid” for the City of Boston’s Parking Enforcement Division, later becoming a Senior Supervisor. Her career spanned 29 years. During her time working for the city, Irene made many friendships along the way. Irene loved her family unconditionally. Her family was her greatest joy in her life, and she was a very proud East Bostonian. She was also a long time & faithful member of the First Congregational Church of Revere.

She is the beloved wife of 47 years to the late Ronald J. Rizzo. Loving mother of Melissa A. Jones & Kenneth of Peabody & Christine J. Palladino & husband Rocky of Dracut. Cherished & proud grandmother of Micaiah H. Jones, Alanna I. Palladino, Nathan A. Palladino, Keenan R. Jones, Alexa T. Palladino, & Caleb R. Jones, all living at home. Dear sister of Nancy Melchionda & husband Alfred of Amesbury, Deborah L. Kalligheri & her late husband Armand of West Peabody & the late John G. LaRocca & his surviving wife Marilyn of Chelmsford. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Food Pantry at the First Congregational Church of Revere, 230 Beach St., Revere, MA 02151.


Funeral Service

Saturday, December 11th at 10:00 a.m. in the First Congregational Church of Revere, 230 Beach St., Revere


Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden

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  1. Bill Giles
    Dec 15 2021

    I am truly sorry to hear of Irene’s passing. She was too young to leave us so soon.

    It’s been a long time since I last spoke to Irene. I used to run into her once in a while when I was working in Boston. She was a traffic supervisor then. She always had time to stop and say hello and catch up on our lives. All of the comments certainly paint a wonderful picture of the young lady that I knew. We hung out in the same crowd when we were teenagers. Yes a long long time ago. She was a sweetheart then and it appears that she never changed. Irene was a very compassionate and supportive friend. She will be missed but I know that she will continue to make people smile and laugh where she has gone.
    What a remarkable young lady. I only wish that I could be relating this story face to face with her. I guess it’s true “Only the Good die young”.

    Please accept my sincere condolences.

    Bill Giles from Falcon St. in East Boston.

  2. Myron F. Dittmer, Jr.
    Dec 12 2021

    So sorry to hear of Irene’s passing! She was a classmate of mine at East Boston High School and did get to see her at reunions in the past. My memories of her will always be cherished and it is comforting to know that she is at peace in the presence of God.

  3. Linda MacDougall
    Dec 11 2021

    I’m so very sorry and heartbroken to hear of Irene’s passing. It’s just not fair. She was truly the best, she had a heart of gold and cared about every single one of her co-workers. To her daughters and their families and her siblings and friends, please accept my sincere condolences. I wish there were words to say to take away your pain and heartache . She loved her family and beamed from ear to ear when talking about her grandchildren. Family was paramount in her life.
    I will miss her and think of her every day. Irene, may you rest in eternal peace and watch over your loving family from above. Till we meet again.

    With Sincere Sympathy
    Linda MacDougall

  4. Mary
    Dec 10 2021

    Rizzy Thankyou for being a great boss and always showing me love Your Family are in my prayers Love you197/Mary☺️

  5. Deanna Lashus
    Dec 10 2021

    So sorry for your loss. I loved your Mom.
    She was always so sweet to me and loving.
    May God Bless her. May God wrap his loving arms around you all during this difficult time and bring you comfort.

  6. Sharon Nee
    Dec 9 2021

    So very sorry to hear about your loss.

    Riz was a woman that I respected and that I appreciated very much. To me, she was one of the BEST.

    Sharon Nee

  7. Nancy Melchionda
    Dec 9 2021

    My beautiful sister, my friend. We shall keep you in our hearts forever. I miss you already, We didn’t do our Christmas shopping this year even though I had hoped we could have gone one more time. It just never happened. The sadness is unbearable. My heart is broken. Al is so sad. He has lost a special person in his life. We shall never forget you. I love and miss you so much.
    Love Nancy

  8. Jennifer Gauthier
    Dec 9 2021

    We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

    With Love,

    The Gauthier Family
    (Jennifer, Madison, Christian, Ryan and Lucy)

  9. 314
    Dec 9 2021

    There are no words. So many happy memories with you in them. Always had the best advice and I always listened. Im glad we had the time we did. God bless your family. You’ll be missed.

  10. Jean Hogan
    Dec 9 2021

    Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss!
    Rizz was and will always be my FRIEND ! I will never forget my 1st day of training, It was a Saturday and it was raining and back then we did not have any uniforms! So I was soaked to the bone and let me you what it was like to trying to keep up with those little legs of hers!
    From that day on I have loved her with my whole heart! We were Tagg.gers together and then she went on to be a supervisor and then on to be my Charlie! Man was she my best Charlie! But most of all she was my FRIEND and she has remained my friend since that Saturday in 1993!

  11. Dawn Black
    Dec 9 2021

    Our lives will never be the same without this beautiful woman in it. My mind is flooded with memories of our childhood adventures with her- escaping in our pj’s off to the drive in “late” at night- I don’t remember one movie we saw but how special I felt!! To be included in on these trips and to be loved by her! – nighttime trips to canobie- and any moment in my life good, bad I can see her there. I will hear her voice and miss her forever. Melissa, Kenny, Micaiah, Keenan, Caleb, Christine, Rocky, Alanna, Nate and Lexi- we love you all!! I know your hearts are shattered. I wish there was a way to fix it. But we will be there for you.

  12. David Melchionda
    Dec 9 2021

    To My Sweet Auntie Irene, rest in peace. The cliche of calling you “one of a kind” does not quite do you justice. You were funny, loving and so kind. Your passionate opinions on the topics of the day were legendary (at least to me). Whether it was sports, things happening in Boston or really anything that you had an opinion about became interesting because of who you were. The sparkle in your eye when you would talk about something you loved, especially your grandchildren, is something I will always remember. Finally, I will never forget your unconditional love and support. I can still hear your voice calling my name at one of many sporting events you attended over the years to support me. I will keep that sound, those memories with me in my head and heart forever. You will be missed more than you could ever know. David, Lara and Lyla

  13. Marty Dineen
    Dec 9 2021

    So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady and boss

  14. Marty dineen
    Dec 9 2021

    All though I have been retired for 7 years . You were a great lady and sofair to everyone . You will truly be misses.

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