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
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
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
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.