Lima Family Erickson Memorial Chapel

710 Willow Street, San Jose, CA


Victor G. Rizzo

October 30, 1924January 28, 2020
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Victor went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 28, 2020 at the age of 95.

He was born in Queens, New York to parents Peter George Rizzo and Virginia Rose (Defreitas). Victor was the third born of four children to the happy couple, three boys and one girl. Victor grew up in a small neighborhood in Ozone Park, New York, where all the neighbors knew each other. After high school he played semi-pro football in the 40’s and was an Honorary Inductee into the Semi Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Victor enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp in January,1943 and served in the Pacific Theatre. He was proud to serve his country. A few years ago, he was able to take part in the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to see the WW II museum and have his stories and memories recorded along with other brave men and women who served during that time.

Just before being released from the military, Victor married the love of his life, Louise Eugenie Perretta, and was happily married for 68 years till her passing in 2013. Even then, Victor went to the cemetery every day to spend time with his sweetheart.

Victor is predeceased by his wife Louise, his son Victor and his brothers, Frank and Manuel.

He will be forever remembered by his sister Lenora Mangiaracina, daughter, Denise (Del) Hassen, Grandchildren Jeannine (Josh) Mitchell, Jill (Brett) Hinson, Johanna Rizzo, Ryan (Marla) Kennedy, and Rebekah Hassen. Victor will also be missed by Great Grandchildren Austin, Victor, Jackson, Louisa, Samuel, Jonah and Logan, daughter-in-law Barbara Benjamin, along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know him.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Lima Family Erickson Memorial Chapel, 710 Willow Street, San Jose, CA 95125. Funeral Services will be held Friday, February 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM, also at Lima Family Erickson, with interment to follow and military honors being rendered at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 22555 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos, CA 94024.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to contribute to the Palo Alto VA Heathcare System in Honor of Victor G. Rizzo. To donate please go to www.paloalto.va.gov.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • Funeral Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Burial Friday, February 7, 2020


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Lisa Forsland

February 14, 2020

Papa Vic,

What a joy it has been knowing you these years. Your unfailing love for Mama Louise and your family has always ministered to my heart. Your laughter, smile and joy of life has been contagious as well as your great sense of humor.
You never ceased to amaze me. At 60 out running the brothers at the NCCC picnics. Visiting you and Mama only to find you on top of the roof cleaning the gutters and your were 70+. Hearing your wonderful stories of how you and Mama Louise met and your many excursions together. Listening to that incredible voice of yours and seeing the joy on others faces' as you sang. I recall saying, "Papa when I grow up I want to be like you," to which you replied, "You want to be a man!?!
Thank you for loving with a fervent love. Thank you for receiving all people. You will be deeply missed, but I can hear you singing with the heavenly host, hugging on Mama Louise and saying, "Hey Jesus, throw me a lone one!"

Love You Dearly,

Lorraine Campbell

February 11, 2020

Dear Uncle Victor

You where a ray of light every time you greeted us with a smile and we could not wait for you to break out in song. The lord called you to his team in heaven as he was short a Halfback.

You will be greatly missed Uncle Vic you can now rest in peace with our beloved Aunt Louise, Victor Jr. and the rest of the family that proceeded you.

Love Always,

The Campbell Family

Helene Davis

February 10, 2020

Long time neighbors reunion

Standing - Bob Maraschin, Helene Jacquin, Michele Jacquin, Denise Rizzo, Kim Durnford
Sitting - Margaret Maraschin, George Jacquin, Victor Rizzo, Pat Ferris (Aunt of Helene and Michele)

Helene Davis

February 10, 2020

Long time neighbors

George Jacquin and Victor Rizzo

Helene Davis

February 10, 2020

Photo from a long time neighbor

Denise Rizzo, Helene Jacquin, Kim Durnford

Bob Rafferty

February 10, 2020

sweet uncle victor.i will miss your singing and your positive attitude for life and the love of your family.you always said that a ride on your shoulders was not a problem, so I'm holding on to that minus the five dollar charge. I love you, Robert

Shelly & Bill Richard

February 10, 2020

We felt so blessed to become friends with your daughter Denise, Del & Rebekah! Then we got to meet you at your anniversary party with your beloved Louise! You stole our heart with the flash of your smile and your contagious JOY! You were a light to everyone that knew you. We know you are in heaven singing with the angels and to your sweetheart again!
Love you,
Bill, Shelly & Brandon

Linda Jacobs

February 10, 2020

Uncle Victor & Aunt Louise have been in our lives our whole life. There are so many beautiful memories of family gatherings whether they be picnics, birthdays or weddings. A recent event was when Santa came to visit Uncle Vic. He had already gone to bed and Tom aka Santa shows up at the front door. Uncle Vic gets out of bed, runs to Santa singing, sits on Santa’s lap and shares what he would like for Christmas. So much fun! Truly one of a kind. He will be missed. Rest In Peace Uncle Victor. You have brought so much joy to all of us. It was a pleasure to learn that you truly had a very well lived life! ♥️

Mike and Fran McAfee

February 9, 2020

Uncle Vic, you were there when we were just dating and we loved coming over to your house for visits with you, Aunt Louise , Vic Jr. and Denise. We both remember your great singing voice and your warmth. Mike was especially impressed by your performances at football games at family picnics at Vasonna Park. You were a good man and you will be missed. Our warmest regards and love to Denise and family.

Semper Fi, Marine!

Mike and Fran

Marie St.Clair

February 8, 2020

Victor you were so special to me. I have so many memories with you. My special one was when you tried to teach me to throw a football. I was about 11 years old. I just couldn’t do it. You were so patient. FINALLY, you said, YOUR THROWING like a Girl. I said, I am a girl. We both 😂 . Love you forever.