Lena S. Rizza

January 21, 1919February 15, 2018

Lena Sclafani Rizza, age 99, of Manchester, passed away on February 15, 2018 at Manchester Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

Lena was born in Gloucester, Mass. on January 21, 1919, the daughter of Simone Sclafani and Maria DiLeo. She grew up in Boston and especially enjoyed her years at Boston's School of Practical Arts with her lifelong friend Pauline Castanino

She was the loving wife of Lucian Rizza. Lee and Lu were married on June 27, 1943 and celebrated 74 years of married life. They moved to Manchester in 1949, and raised their family there. Lena was a homemaker and loved caring for her family and her home. She was an expert seamstress, enjoyed gardening, knitting and reading. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Lena is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Joyce and David Trainer of Manchester, her daughter-in-law Janine Daigle Rizza and her husband Donald Bourgoin also of Manchester, her grandchildren John Rogers and his wife Marianne Freschlin of Lebanon, Alana Rizza of Groton, Brendan and Sonny Rizza of Gorham Maine, Angela(Rizza) and her husband Jason Chapman of South Windsor and Steven Rizza of Manchester. She was the great grandmother to Linnea and James Mather of Groton, Hailey Chapman and Arianna and Alexis Rizza. She is also survived by her sister Gussie Marinelli of Hampton, NH and her sisters-in-law Ann and Carmela Sclafani, several nieces, nephews , great nieces great nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her sons Frank and Robert Rizza, brothers Pat, Anthony, Michael and Roy Sclafani and her sister Lillian Vitale and her sister-in law Lucy Rizza DiLeo.

The family would like to thank the staff of Brookdale Mountain Laurel and 2 East of Manchester Memorial Hospital for their kind and loving care.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Town of Manchester, 41 Center St, PO Box 191, Manchester CT 06045, attn: Memorial Tree Planting Program.

Friends and family are invited to gather for a brief period of visitation on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 9:30am at the Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Tnpk. Glastonbury, CT 06033. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am at The Church of the Assumption, 29 South Adams St. Manchester. Burial will conclude services in St. James Cemetery, Manchester. To leave an online condolence, please visit


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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LeeAnn Daigle

February 23, 2018

Joyce, and the entire Rizza family: So very sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs. Rizza. May she rest in peace.

LeeAnn Daigle

Nina DiLeo

February 19, 2018

My condolences to the family of Lena Rizza

Lynn Rhodes Verplanck School

February 18, 2018

Keeping the Rizzza family in my thoughts and prayers.

Jan Raffino

February 18, 2018

Dearest Joyce and David, so sorry for your loss and wish Joy, Dave and I could be with you. K ow that you are in our thoughts.
With love and sympathy
Jan, Joy and Dave

Simone Sclafani

February 18, 2018

Cousins Joyce and David, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Marisa, Simone and Peter

Lisa Sclafani-Charbonneau

February 18, 2018

My deepest sympathy. Aunt Ninny was a wonderful and beautiful person. She will surely be missed. Rest In Peace Auntie.

Janet Brennan

February 18, 2018

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lee. I have many fond memories from ny childhood days. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. May she Rest In Peace.
Janet and Bill Brennan