Mark L. Aiazzi

February 13, 1956January 13, 2013

AIAZZI, Mark L., 2/13/1956-1/13/2013, Beloved husband and best friend of Joan (nee Childress) for 32 years; Loving son of Josephine and the late Louis Aiazzi; Much loved brother of Karen (Michael) Diehl. Perfect and cherished father of Sarah (Corey) Miller, Anthony (Cynthia), Mary (Daniel) Speciale, Matthew (fiancé Anna Monrotus) and Rose Marie. Proud Grandfather of William Mark and Benjamin Conrad Miller and Grandbabies Aiazzi and Speciale, both due in May. Favorite uncle and Godfather of many. Faithful friend to all.

Mark was the owner of Rigazzi’s Restaurant, where he served frozen fishbowls, plates of pasta and quick wit for over 40 years. He was a devoted coach, an avid St. Louis sports fan, a sports radio talk show junkie, a competitive fantasy football player (and he usually won!), a comic genius and a wonderful man. Mark was faith-filled and kind; he would always thank a service man or veteran and would ask you to do the same. He will be profoundly missed.

SERVICES: Visitation 4-9pm Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at HOFFMEISTER COLONIAL MORTUARY 6464 Chippewa at Watson. Funeral Mass 10am Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Our Lady of Providence Catholic Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Sick and Elderly Program of The Hill (2315 Macklind Ave St Louis, Missouri 63110-2944).


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 16, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 17, 2013

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Kevin Connolly

February 17, 2013

Mark was such a great guy at the UHigh - always a smile or a joke. In so many years since, whenever I went into the restaurant, same smile or joke! Thanks Mark for putting a smile in my life.

January 24, 2013

Only knew Mark from behind the steam table at Rigazzi's since the late 70's. What a guy! As a transplant from Chicago it was fascinating that he never knew a stranger, and as a regular through the next 20 years on Fridays, I was treated as family. What a blessing this man was to the city of St. Louis. May he serve as he did, and his family rest in the knowledge the he was doing the work of a true ambassador.
Don Kusterer

The Dennert Family

January 23, 2013

Dearest Joan and Family. We are so saddend at this news. Our hearts go out to you. We will not forget Mark. He always greeted us as though we were his best friends and always asking about the entire family and what we were up to. He always had us laughing. We will miss him.
The Dennerts

Karen (Pozzo) and Steve Ellebracht

January 22, 2013

Dear Joan and family, Mrs. Aiazzi, Karen and family,
I am so very saddened to hear about Mark. Please accept our deepest sympathy at this most difficult time. Yes, Mark was ONE-OF-A-KIND! AN ALL-AROUND GREAT, GREAT GUY! Fun memories! MARK WILL BE DEARLY MISSED! GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU!
Love and prayers,

chris sanchez

January 21, 2013

Thanks Mark, for my first job. Rigazzi's will not be the same without you!
Chris Sanchez
Rigazzi's 76-78
SLUH class of 79

John Kustura

January 19, 2013

To the Aiazzi family, I am a classmate of Mark's from SLUH. I was so glad to see him if only briefly at our last reunion. I no longer live in St. Louis, but I visit Rigazzi's every time I come back. Mark had a great sense of humor and he was fun to be around. Please accept my condolences and prayers. Mark will be greatly missed.

Ed Hale

January 18, 2013

Deepest sympathy to the Aiazzi family. Ed and Karen Hale

Steve Piantanida

January 18, 2013

Mark, you were like a brother to all of us younger guys who worked with you. Remembering racket ball challenges at Columbia...RIP

January 17, 2013

Very sad to hear about Mark...Rigazzi's holds many good memories for our family when my dad, Norm Burzen,worked for Coin Acceptors on Daggett...We always visit the restaurant on trips to St. Louis. Our sympathy...

Ron and Sue (Burzen) Duncan
Atlanta, Ga.

Jackie Waugh

January 17, 2013

My deepest sympathy to all of the family of Mark Aiazzi. I am sister-in-law to one of his many nieces. I pray for the repose of his soul and the consolation of his family as they mourn his loss.