Mary Ann Rizzi, of Valley Stream, NY, passed into the loving arms of Christ on January 23, 2021. She was 71 years young.
She is survived by her daughter, Annmarie Rizzi, son-in-law, Roman Bachurski, son, Michael Rizzi, daughter-in-law, Tricia Rizzi, and her four beautiful grandchildren, Valentina, Mikey, Andrew and Ava.
She is further survived by her loving sister, Connie Bradley, and brother-in-law, Tom Bradley.
Mary Ann was born in Brooklyn, NY to (late) Marianna (Mannino) Carollo,and (late) Rocco Carollo.
Mary Ann grew up in the neighborhood of Windsor Terrace in Brookyn, NY. She attended Holy Name of Jesus elementary school (now St. Joseph the Worker), and graduated from St. Joseph’s High School.
Following graduation, Mary Ann worked as a secretary in Manhattan at the Citibank branch in the Con Edison building on East 15th Street and Irving Place. It was there that she met and started dating her ex-husband, Carlo Rizzi. Her Citibank career spanned for a total of 30 years. Throughout that time she worked in various locations around the city, including not only Manhattan, but also Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens.
Mary Ann enjoyed cooking, baking and entertaining. Whether it was in Brooklyn or Valley Stream, her front door was always open, and all were welcome. She loved hosting meals and parties. She was a gracious host and loved to share her delicious Sicilian family recipes with all. She would go out of her way to be sure her guests were not just pampered and well catered to, but well fed. Everyone left with a goody bag of leftovers to “enjoy for tomorrow,” or to “have it for the week.”
She lit up the room with her laughter and big personality. If someone needed help, she was always there for them. She loved listening to music and dancing, and raised her children to love those things as well. She loved fashion and had an affection for big earrings and fun costume jewelry. She enjoyed wearing bold colors and red lipstick. She was a loyal and caring friend, always willing to help others, and loved to share her opinions.
More so than anything else in her life, Mary Ann enjoyed being “Nonni” to her adoring grandchildren. She relished spending any time with them that she could, as well as spoiling them every chance she could get.
The abrupt and needless end of her life is a tremendous loss for us all. She will be sorely missed.
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