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Anna Maria Rizzuto

November 28, 1949 - October 7, 2011


With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our wife, mother, nonna, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, Anna Rizzuto.
Anna was a woman of many words: words of love, of compassion and of encouragement. Her heart of gold inspired the circles of people close to her, be it volunteer committees, friends, and family. She was a woman of strength and courage, and through her last year of life showed unwavering bravery walking the road less-travelled seeking wellness. She was surrounded by loved ones through life and through death. Though we will miss her kindness, her generosity, and her brilliant smile, she lives on in the hearts of those who knew her and in the sparkling eyes of her grandchildren. She will never be forgotten.
Anna is survived by her husband Santo of 39 years; her children Jennifer (Mark) Tinholt with grandsons Xavier and Arand, Chris (Jennifer) Rizzuto with granddaughter Isabella, and Karla (Wylee Charbonneau) Rizzuto with granddogs Kali and Lenny; her siblings Toni (Enzo) Driutti and Joe (Ruth) Guercio of Trail, and Rose (Joe) Bossio and Giacomo (Linda) Guercio of Edmonton; an enormous extended family and a grand circle of friends.
At the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate in Nelson B.C., Prayers will be held Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00pm and Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, October 13 at 10:00am, reception to follow at St. Joseph School. Inurnment will follow at the Mausoleum Friday, October 14 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Anna’s memory to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Auxiliary or the St. Joseph School Scholarship/Bursary Fund.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Viki Mawson
Relation: Frank Pho

Our deepest condolences to the Rizzuto family and friends. Knowing Anna through Dad (Frank Pho) we know how wonderful and caring Anna was. We are praying for you. Ron and Viki

From: Bud and Susan Barber
Relation: Friends from Pebblecreek

Santo and family, we are so sorry to learn about Anna’s passing. She put up such a valiant, courageous fight. She always put her all into all the things she did…great golfer, good tennis player, sharp bridge player, super cook, gracious hostess…To know Anna was to love Anna.
There will never be such a bright star and we will miss her sparkling smile, God bless you.

Bud and Susan

From: Deanna Engelbert
Relation: Jack & Arlene Engelbert's daughter

I was so blessed to have met and enjoyed Anna’s friendship. She was truly an inspiration. She reached out to me in my journey thru cancer and I’ll always treasure her words of encouragement.
I pray for our Lord to give you comfort and peace with the knowledge that Anna is walking among the angels in his glorious kingdom.
with love

From: Beth & Sean Harding
Relation: Friends of Chris and Jen

Our sincerest sympathies for your loss. This is such a sad time. Hopefully you can find some strength knowing your friends share your sorrow and send love your way.

We’ve made a donation to the Kootenay Hospital Foundation in Anna’s memory and honor.

Love to you,
Beth & Sean Harding

From: Priscilla and Joe Naworski
Relation: friends in Arizona

We have all lost a very precious lady. Her caring, loving ways will be remembered by all for a very long time. Our prayers to her family.

From: Charlie & Margie Hansen
Relation: Neighbor at Pebble Creek

Dear Santo & Family,

It is with a heavy heart that we send this message to you. We shall always remember the many wonderful evenings we spent in your home, eating your delicious food, laughing, talking, and enjoying Anna and your company. She was especially patient with me serving as my tutor in line dancing class–I was a “klutz”–and of course, she was a whiz, as she was in all things she persued. I partic ularly remember when she and my sister-in-law from Florida teamed up in golf to challenge Charlie and my brother–and of course–they beat them! They returned home “high fiving” and grinning ear to ear.

We will miss her beautiful smile and sparkling eyes in Pebble Creek, but she will not be fogotten.

May God bless and keep you and your family. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.


Charlie & Margie Hansen

From: Ruth Vohs
Relation: golf friend from PebbleCreek AZ

Our prayers and thoughts are with the families at this time of loss of Anna. We will miss her on the links.

From: Tony and Anita Falcone
Relation: friend

With a heavy heart Santo and your family, please accept our deepest sentiments of condolences.
Tony and Anita Falcone

From: Cheryl LaMotta
Relation: Golfing Friend

Anna was a beautiful lady in looks and deeds. I loved playing golf wieth heer and was so happy when she joined our Saturday Group. Her quck smile and bravery will always be remembered by all of us that got to know her. Cheryl LaMotta

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
October 13, 2011
Beginning at 10:00am

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson , BC Canada V1L 1T4

813 Ward Street
Nelson , BC Canada V1L 1T4


Date & Time:
October 12, 2011
Beginning at 7:00pm

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T4


813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T4

Memorial Gifts


Memorial Gifts may be sent directly to:

Kootenay Lake District Hospital Auxiliary

3 View St. Nelson & District, BC V1L 2V1



The St. Joseph School Scholarship/Bursary Fund 

523 Mill Street, Nelson BC V1L 4S2

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