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February 1, 2014

Barbara M. Rizzo

Barbara M. Rizzo

ONEONTA — Barbara M. Rizzo, 74, of Oneonta, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, with her loving family at her side.

Barbara was born on July 13, 1939, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late James D. and Anna E. (Gritt) McKean.

She married Anthony M. Rizzo on Nov. 18, 1961, at St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta. He predeceased her on Oct. 29, 2007.

Barbara was a claims examiner for the New York State Department of Labor. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the Strike and Spare Ladies Bowling League, the Sixth Ward Athletic Club where she played in the Thursday Afternoon Card Club and the OHS Alumni Association. She was also a Mary Kay sales representative.

One of her favorite past times was visiting the Turning Stone Casino.

Barbara is survived by her sons, Michael Rizzo and his wife, Terri of Loganville, Ga., and Clinton Rizzo and his wife, Kim of Maryland. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Nicole, Tyler, Ryleigh, Brett, Lance, Derek, Damian and Aaliyah; her great-granddaughter, Lenora; her sister, Judith A. McWherter of Oneonta; her brothers-in-law, Nicholas S. Rizzo and Joseph L. Rizzo and his wife, Michal Ann; two nieces, Nicola Rizzo and Erin Doucas and her husband, Christian; a nephew, Joseph Rizzo; a great-nephew, Logan Doucas; many cousins; and her dear friends, Philip and Jeanette Colone.

Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her father and mother-in-law, Nicholas and Anna Rizzo.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, with the Rev. David Mickiewicz, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

Calling hours are scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta, at which time the family will be in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Guiding Eyes for the Blind, P.O. Box 709, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 or the Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting the website

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.

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