March 22, 1917 - April 7, 2010
"Louie" passed away on April 7,2010, at the age of 93. Louis John Rizzuti was born to Italian immigrants,
Giovanni & Maria Renzelli Rizzuti on March 22, 1917, in Steubenville, Ohio.
He attended St. Anthony's Catholic grade school. As a young man, he had a chauffeur's license and he worked in his brother's sanitation business. On April 11, 1941, he was inducted into the US Army and assigned to Ft. Monmouth, NJ for basic training. He was subsequently assigned to Camp Adair, Oregon, and then as a hospital orderly at the VA Hospital in Walla Walla, WA. On May 13, 1944, he was honorably discharged.
While stationed in Walla Walla, he looked up his family name "Rizzuti" in the phone book and met various Rizzutis in this area, including those who ran the Pastime Caf. However, he discovered that none of those were his relatives. But he met his future wife, Maria Barbuto Rizzuti, a widow was employed at the caf. They married on May 20, 1944, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Walla Walla.
Louie was employed at a local brewery for 2 years, then at the Walla Walla sanitation department. He served 28 years with the city, retiring in June, 1974.
During his younger years, Louie bowled and frequently visited his relatives and buddies in Steubenville, Ohio, a nephew and nieces in Chicago, and his cousins in Montreal, Canada. Later he joined a local tour club and traveled extensively throughout the southwest to Vancouver, Canada with the Italian Heritage Association. He also toured the Hawaiian Islands.
Louie had a passion for mushroom hunting, blackberry picking and stray cats. He raised figs and shared his harvest with all. He reigned as the local king of pizzelle, an Italian waffle-like cookie, providing a generous supply for the pastry booth for Italian festa celebrations.
He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, the Italian Heritage Association, the Eagles, the American Legion and the Elks. He supported sporting events at St. Pat's High School now De Sales, especially in the 1950s when his son was a participating athlete.
Louie is survived by his stepchildren, Lorraine Rizzuti (Cal) Toye of College Place, WA and Edward Daniel Rizzuti of Grants Pass, Oregon, his grandchildren Autumn McCulloch of Walla Walla, WA; Michael Toye of Marysville, WA; Richard Rizzuti of Redmond, OR; Anita Rich of Twain Harte, CA, 5 great grandchildren, his brother's children, John Rizzute, Dolore sLocke, Loretta Loulis and Betty Lou Eller, plus his Canadian cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his only sibling John Joseph Rizzute and stepfather Nicola Mauro.
Louie had many kind and dedicated caregivers and visitors during his health-failing years. We thank you for your support. May God bless you!!
Viewing and visitation will be held at Herring Funeral Home on Thursday, April 15th, from 3:00 p.m. till after the Rosary; the Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. Celebration of life will be at St. Francis of Assisi Church at 10:00
a.m. on Friday, April 16th. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis building fund, De Sales High School Athletics, or the Italian Heritage Association through the Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA.