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Anthony J. Rizzo III

December 8, 1983 ~ June 24, 2020 (age 36)

Obituary

Anthony J. Rizzo III, 36 of Richland, went to be with the Lord on June 24, 2020, son of Anthony and Lynda (Hornick) Rizzo. Born December 8, 1983 in Windber, Pennsylvania. 

Preceded in death by grandparents Anthony and Mildred Rizzo and grandparents Ronald and Janet Hornick, Uncle Barry Hornick, and Uncle David Rizzo. 

Survived by the loves of his life, his wife, Katie (Hillegas) and his children, Ella Grace, and Enzo Anthony.  Also survived by his loving parents; brothers and sisters, Marlena married to Christopher Zamias, Frank, Joseph married to Alyse (Carpenter), John, Mario, Christina; father and mother-in-law, Len and Natalie Hillegas; sister-in-law, Sheri Hillegas; nieces and nephews, whom he adored, Izabella, Jaxson, and Thea; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives, and friends. 

Anthony was a 2002 graduate of Bishop McCort High School where he excelled in academics and football. He graduated from Washington and Jefferson College with a degree in Accounting. He was a Soldier in the United States Army Reserve and an Iraqi Combat Veteran.  He deployed under Operation Inherent Resolve.  He took pride in serving his country and believed that the United States is the greatest nation on earth. He was very passionate in his career as a financial planner, constantly pursuing certifications. He held several licenses including FINRA Series 6, 63, and 65 Securities Registrations and Life, Accident, and Health Insurance licenses. He had a very strong work ethic.  He was an active member of the Windber American Legion Post 137, VFW Post 155, a Board Member at Richland Academy and Emerging Professionals in Cambria “EPIC”.  He is a past board member of the Richland Community Days, WPA Division of the Salvation Army, and the Humane Society of Cambria County.

Anthony was a loving and devoted son, husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend to all, helping anyone who needed him.  He cherished spending time with Katie, Ella, Enzo and his entire family.  Anthony never took anything in life for granted and loved the Johnstown community where he passionately enjoyed hiking, camping, yoga, Coal Tubin’ whitewater rafting, foraging, fitness, and nutrition. He adored his dogs, Zoey and Ollie.  He was a self-proclaimed “foodie” and truly loved to cook, bringing family and friends together over a gourmet meal. Above all, Anthony’s all-time greatest joy was his family. Anthony said at his 2019 Veteran’s Day speech, “Slow down, stop and smell the roses, and do it on a daily basis.  If not, you will blink and try to figure out where time has gone.  Really slow down though; savor your food and drink; go out and enjoy nature and all the beauty this area has to offer.  Breathe in the clean, fresh, mountain air; enjoy relationships with friends and family.”

Anthony was a longtime member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, where family and friends are invited to share in his Funeral Mass on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 at 10:00 AM with Fr. David Peles presiding.  Social distancing will be observed at church and face masks must be worn.  Following mass, Military funeral honors rendered by Soldiers of the 458th Engineer Battalion in the church courtyard. 

Private Interment, St. Anthony Cemetery, Geistown.  There will not be a public viewing.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Frank Duca Funeral Home, East Hills Chapel and Crematory, 404 Walters Ave. Johnstown PA 15904. (Near PA Drivers Center and Armory). 

In lieu of flowers or food, please make memorial contributions to Katie Rizzo, custodian for Ella or Enzo Rizzo, in c/o Somerset Trust Company, 1416 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown PA 15904. 

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Services

Funeral Mass
Tuesday
June 30, 2020

10:00 AM
St. Benedict Catholic Church (Fr)

Donations

Katie Rizzo, custodian for Ella or Enzo Rizzo, in c/o Somerset Trust Company
1416 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown PA 15904

Mail all contributions to Somerset Trust Co., 1416 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown PA 15904.

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