Mary Rizzo

Mary Catherine Rizzo

Sunday, November 26th, 1944 - Saturday, April 6th, 2019
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Our loving mother, Mary Catherine (Fulmer) Rizzo, 74, of Kenosha joined the angels to sing in Heaven on April 6, 2019, due to injuries from a tragic car accident.

She was born on November 26, 1944, and married the love of her life, Dr. Vincent C. Rizzo, on (the rainy day of) June 29, 1968.

Mary graduated from St. Joseph’s High School and St. Mary’s School of Nursing, where she received her license as a registered nurse. She later returned to school to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UW-Milwaukee. She worked as a registered nurse at St. Catherine’s Hospital for 10 years and at Hospitality Manor Nursing Home for 20 years. She continued to spend the next 16 years (a few too many as far as she was concerned) as an office assistant with her husband at their dental office in Kenosha.

Her beautiful smile was seen around town while she was socializing with friends, spending time at her knitting and crocheting club, or singing with the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Choir and Riverport Chorus. She was also a longtime member and past president of the Alliance of the Wisconsin Dental Association. But most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Robert C. and Mary (Hammond) Fulmer of Kenosha. She entered into Eternal Life with her husband of 50 years, Vincent, and brother-in-law, Dr. Michael Rizzo.

She was so proud of her children: Catherine (Ronald Fliess) Koessl of Pleasant Prairie, Dr. Vincent M. (Louisa) Rizzo of Pleasant Prairie, John (Laura) Rizzo of Shorewood, WI, and Dr. Janet (Ryan) Duemke of Hartland, WI and grandchildren: Vinny Rizzo, Roman Duemke, Bianca Rizzo, and Ramsey Duemke. She was looking forward to the addition of two more grandchildren by the end of the year: Gianni Michael Rizzo and Mary Duemke.

She loved her eight siblings: Robert (Mary) Fulmer of Florissant, MO, Jody (Dennis) Smith of Cape Coral, FL, Elizabeth (Michael) Houlihan of Kenosha, Thomas Fulmer of Kenosha, John (Patricia) Fulmer of Madison, WI, Janet (Lawrence) Konkel of Waukesha, WI, Dr. James (Pamela) Fulmer of Kenosha, and Lori (Terence) Finnegan of Washington, NJ, and brother-in-law, Gerald Rizzo. She is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 12th, at Proko Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 13th, with a prayer service at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. and Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Entombment will follow in All Saints Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association would be greatly appreciated.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 12th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, April 12th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111-60th Street
    KENOSHA, WI 53144
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  • Service

    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 10:00am
    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
    1919-54th Street
    KENOSHA, WI 53140
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    Father Robert McDermott
  • Interment

    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 |
    Saturday, April 13th, 2019
    All Saints Mausoleum
    3300 Springbrook Road
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Sheila M. Robinson

Posted at 09:07pm
May God continue to comfort and guide you during this difficult time; and may the "peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard your heart and your mental powers". Philippians 4:7.

Gloria Boscher

Posted at 04:30pm
Mary was a very special lady. I was a patient of Dr. Rizzo for over 40 years and got to know Mary when she went to work for her husband. I always looked forward to seeing her smiling face when I entered the office. We became friends over the years and I can't believe she is gone. She always told me she wanted the doctor to retire and I was always afraid that he would. I never thought that we would lose either of them in this tragic way. My heart aches for your family. I will truly miss her. May she rest in peace.

Sue Boscher Kuryanowicz

Posted at 02:36pm
Mary was always one of the sweetest, kindest ladies I knew. As a patient at the dental office, I'll always remember the banter back and forth between Dr. and Mary. Her smile and laugh will be remembered. May they rest in peace together. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Sue Kuryanowicz

L. Melodi Duwell

Posted at 09:08pm
Mary and I met through the Alliance to The Wisconsin Dental Association. We had such fun working together on Alliance projects and chatting about our lives and families. Whatever we did, Mary worked whole-heartedly. She loved her family and always put them first. It seems impossible that I will never see Mary’s dazzling smile again. My deepest sympathies to all the families. It was my privilege and honor to share a small part of Mary’s life. In sorrow, Melodi Duwell

Sheila M. Robinson

Posted at 06:14pm
It is with great sorrow that I am sending my condolences on your recent loss. As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, I and would like to share a scripture that has benefited me and many people in time of grief. God reassures us of something wonderful in the Bible at Acts 24:15. It says, "There is going to be a resurrection." Along with God's promise to us at Revelation 21:3, 4 of sorrow, death, and pain being done away with permanently.

It is my hope that this bit of information is of comfort to you. Please be sure to find further information regarding the resurrection at: JW.ORG

May God be with you.

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