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Celebrating the life of
Dr. Frank A. Rizza, MD
Passed away on October 01, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. - Sunday, October 07, 2018
  • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
  • 222 East Harris Street (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31401

  • 912-233-4709
  • Rosary
  • 6:00pm
  • Mass of Christian Burial
  • 10:00am - Monday, October 08, 2018
  • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
  • 222 East Harris Street (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31401

  • 912-233-4709
  • Interment
  • - Monday, October 08, 2018
  • Catholic Cemetery
  • 1720 Wheaton Street (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31404

  • 912-201-4075

Hospice Savannah has not been the same since you left us, but thank you for the privilege of taking care of you for 13 months. You were the Saint among us and we will always miss you sharing your many gifts with us.

Carole tutan, savannah, ga

Dr. Rizza was a kind and gracious man. My colleagues and I at Telfair Museums were truly saddened to hear of his passing and offer our deepest condolences to his family. We remain eternally grateful to him for his generous donation of his important collection of silver to the museum, which will allow us to share his love for silver with future generations of museum visitors for many years to come.

Courtney McNeil, Savannah, GA

Deepest sorrows to loose such an icon but I raise a glass of red wine and say here's to a life well lived. With much love from Bruce & Emmy Scott *Great grandson of Carmella Rizza Aliffi *Grandson of Otto & Margaret Aliffi *Son of Regina Lucia Aliffi-Scott

Bruce Scott (Aliffi), Charleston, SC

I am a retired R.N. and worked with Frank during his years of practice in NOLA. He was a fine surgeon (a kind and compassionate one) and a real Southern Gentleman. I shared his love of art, music and antique. I still have lamps I bought at his shop on St Charles Ave. I offer msy sincerest condolences to his loved ones. Lillian Samardzija

Lillian Samardzija, New Orleans, LA

I am a retired R.N. and worked with Frank during his years of practice in NOLA. He was a fine surgeon (a kind and compassionate one) and a real Southern Gentleman. I shared his love of art, music and antique. I still have lamps I bought at his shop on St Charles Ave. I offer msy sincerest condolences to his loved ones. Lillian Samardzija

Lillian Samardzija, New Orleans, LA

I am a retired R.N. and worked with Frank during his years of practice in NOLA. He was a fine surgeon (a kind and compassionate one) and a real Southern Gentleman. I shared his love of art, music and antique. I still have lamps I bought at his shop on St Charles Ave. I offer msy sincerest condolences to his loved ones. Lillian Samardzija

Lillian Samardzija, New Orleans, LA

Frank and I were close friends for going on 50 years. Many good memories of travels around the world and working with him for furniture in my home from Saint Charles Antiques. Always a gentleman, he will be missed.

Kirk Stirton, New Orleans, LA

Frank was a gentleman of impeccable taste and virtue. He will be missed.

Ardis Wood, Savannah, GA

Frank loved his family and enjoyed sharing their accomplishments with others. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.

Michael Carrin, Atlanta, GA

Please accept our condolences.

Colin & Linda Gordy, Bartow, , GA

I worked in surgery with Dr. Rizza at West Jefferson Hospital in 1963. He was a great surgeon, and a lovely man. I admired him very much. My sympathy to his family.

Norma McLoughlin, The Woodlands, Texas

It was a privilege and an honor to have known and worked with Frank Rizza. We along with our children will always remember his kindness and hospitality. He will be missed. Frank and Irma DiVincenti

DiVincenti, Gretna, La

Frank was a true friend and a caring neighbor. He fought a courageous health battle with much dignity and grace and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. My Love and sympathy to his family.

Mary Alice Garvin, Savannah, GA

Dr. Frank A. Rizza, 90, retired general surgeon, died Monday, October 1, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. He was born September 28, 1928 to Alfonso J. and Georgia Hall Rizza in Savannah.

Dr. Rizza was a graduate of Benedictine Military School and Armstrong College in Savannah, Emory University in Atlanta and the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. A veteran, he served in the US Army working at the 44th MASH Hospital in Korea. Upon his discharge, he completed his residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans in both general and pediatric surgery going into private practice in New Orleans for 36 years.

He was a member of the American College of Surgery, a life member of the Medical Society of Vienna and was inducted into the Royal Society of Medicine in London. Locally, he held memberships at the Oglethorpe Club, the Italian Society as a founding member, the English Speaking Union and the Savannah Catholic Cemetery Preservation Society. He had a tremendous appreciation of music and antiques, traveled extensively and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Dr. Rizza is survived by his sister-in-law, Katherine "Kitty" Redmond Rizza of Halstead, KS, niece Katy Coy (Bill), Wichita, KS, nephews Steve Rizza (Sarah), Halstead, KS, Andy Rizza (Beth), Hesston, KS and Jeremy Rizza (Chris), Kansas City, MO as well as 6 great nieces and nephews, 2 great-grand nieces and numerous cousins. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Robert G. Rizza of Halstead, KS.

Visitation will be Sunday evening October 7, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist with the Rosary at 6:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Cathedral Monday morning October 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with The Reverend. J. Gerard Schreck, JCD, JV, celebrant.

Interment follows at Catholic Cemetery.

A reception for family and friends will be held at the Oglethorpe Club from 12-3:00 p.m.

Memorials in Dr. Rizza's name are suggested to the Savannah Catholic Cemetery Preservation Society or Benedictine Military School.

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Hospice Savannah has not been the same since you left us, but thank you for the privilege of taking care of you for 13 months. You were the Saint among us and we will always miss you sharing your many gifts with us.

Carole tutan, savannah, ga

Dr. Rizza was a kind and gracious man. My colleagues and I at Telfair Museums were truly saddened to hear of his passing and offer our deepest condolences to his family. We remain eternally grateful to him for his generous donation of his important collection of silver to the museum, which will allow us to share his love for silver with future generations of museum visitors for many years to come.

Courtney McNeil, Savannah, GA

Deepest sorrows to loose such an icon but I raise a glass of red wine and say here's to a life well lived. With much love from Bruce & Emmy Scott *Great grandson of Carmella Rizza Aliffi *Grandson of Otto & Margaret Aliffi *Son of Regina Lucia Aliffi-Scott

Bruce Scott (Aliffi), Charleston, SC

I am a retired R.N. and worked with Frank during his years of practice in NOLA. He was a fine surgeon (a kind and compassionate one) and a real Southern Gentleman. I shared his love of art, music and antique. I still have lamps I bought at his shop on St Charles Ave. I offer msy sincerest condolences to his loved ones. Lillian Samardzija

Lillian Samardzija, New Orleans, LA

I am a retired R.N. and worked with Frank during his years of practice in NOLA. He was a fine surgeon (a kind and compassionate one) and a real Southern Gentleman. I shared his love of art, music and antique. I still have lamps I bought at his shop on St Charles Ave. I offer msy sincerest condolences to his loved ones. Lillian Samardzija

Lillian Samardzija, New Orleans, LA

I am a retired R.N. and worked with Frank during his years of practice in NOLA. He was a fine surgeon (a kind and compassionate one) and a real Southern Gentleman. I shared his love of art, music and antique. I still have lamps I bought at his shop on St Charles Ave. I offer msy sincerest condolences to his loved ones. Lillian Samardzija

Lillian Samardzija, New Orleans, LA

Frank and I were close friends for going on 50 years. Many good memories of travels around the world and working with him for furniture in my home from Saint Charles Antiques. Always a gentleman, he will be missed.

Kirk Stirton, New Orleans, LA

Frank was a gentleman of impeccable taste and virtue. He will be missed.

Ardis Wood, Savannah, GA

Frank loved his family and enjoyed sharing their accomplishments with others. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.

Michael Carrin, Atlanta, GA

Please accept our condolences.

Colin & Linda Gordy, Bartow, , GA

I worked in surgery with Dr. Rizza at West Jefferson Hospital in 1963. He was a great surgeon, and a lovely man. I admired him very much. My sympathy to his family.

Norma McLoughlin, The Woodlands, Texas

It was a privilege and an honor to have known and worked with Frank Rizza. We along with our children will always remember his kindness and hospitality. He will be missed. Frank and Irma DiVincenti

DiVincenti, Gretna, La

Frank was a true friend and a caring neighbor. He fought a courageous health battle with much dignity and grace and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. My Love and sympathy to his family.

Mary Alice Garvin, Savannah, GA


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