The Obit For Joe Riazzi

Joseph A. Riazzi

Published in the Erie Times-News on October 22, 2011

Joseph A. Riazzi, age 76, of Erie passed away Tuesday October 18, 2011 at home surrounded by his loving family following an extended illness.

He was born March 19, 1935 in Erie the son of the late Rocco and Antonette (Pizzi) Riazzi.

Joe graduated from Strong Vincent High School in 1954 and was an all-star pitcher on their baseball team having thrown three no-hitters during his senior year. He attended Westminster College for two years on a baseball scholarship.

One of the best pitchers to come out of this area, Joe was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and played in the AAA League.

Joe retired from the Army Reserve after 21 years as a Master Sergeant. He was with Service Company 4th of the 92nd Artillery Battalion, having received numerous awards and recognitions.

He continued playing baseball with the Glenwood League on the Sons of Italy team.

Always a hard working man, his career path included manager of Beck Shoes, a successful tenure with Gioa Macaroni as a regional sales representative and his most enjoyable employment was Salvatore's Italian Deli which he owned. Joe later retired from SCI Albion prison.

He enjoyed taking friends to his camp and treating them with great food and talking about the "good old days." Joe was the co-founder and current president of the "Sons of Little Italy," an organization which has raised thousands of dollars for charity.

Besides his parents, Joe was preceded in death by two sisters, Celia Palilla and Doreen Bizzarro. Joe is survived by his wife Maryanne Wiley Riazzi; two daughters Tina O'Sullivan and her husband Thomas and Lindsey Riazzi and her fiancé Ryan Byerly.

He is also survived by his beloved mother-in-law, Isabel Wiley, and his brother and sister-in-laws, Dave and Anna Wiley, Dan and Nancy Wiley, Pattilee and Thomas Rohan and Jeff Wiley.

Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends. Friends are invited to call at the John J. Quinn Funeral Home, West 9th & Liberty St. Sunday from 2-5 & 7-9 p.m. and are invited to attend Funeral Services there Monday at 11:00 a.m.

Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

The family would like to give special thanks to Lakeland Hospice including Laura Kaschalle, Missy Yates, Monica Blood, and Sister Norma Jean for their outstanding care.

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Ridge Manor's Friends Forever group, 8300 West Ridge Rd., Girard, PA 16417 or to Lakeland Hospice, 2221A Peninsula Dr., Erie, PA 16506.