Florence Barbara Rizer 1923-2020

YOUNGSTOWN — Florence Barbara Rizer, 96, formerly of Palmer Avenue, Youngstown, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Briarfield Manor in Austintown.

Florence will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends for her generosity, kindness and smile.

She was born Oct.17, 1923, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Matthew and Sophie Mederia Strasik, and was a lifelong area resident.

Florence was a graduate of South High School and was a proud homemaker. She was a true matriarch for her family and loved being involved in their lives and spending time with them. Florence became an Easter Seal Aid so that she could help with her grandson Larry Jr., whom she is now reunited with.

She was a lifelong member of St. Domenic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society.

Florence had many passions throughout her life. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends along with playing cards especially the game of bridge.

Her husband Lawrence A. Rizer, whom she married on Oct. 14, 1950, and died Nov. 5, 2004.

Florence leaves behind to hold onto her precious memories her children, Lawrence “Larry” (Jackie) Rizer of Canfield, Robert “Bob” (Julie) Rizer of Poland and Bonnie (Denny) Wingard of Canfield; her beloved grandchildren, Kristin (John) Gocala of North Lima, Erin Rizer of Brooklyn, N.Y., Lea Rizer of Cleveland, Katie (Josh) Goodwin of Findlay, Maureen (Shaun) Dongelewic of Clifton Park, N.Y., and Taryn (Karl) Ferber of Painesville; her beloved great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Jack Gocala, Gradyand Carter Goodwin, Keira and Kennedy Dongelewic and Claire and Edward Ferber

Besides her parents and husband, Florence was preceded in death by her grandson, Larry Rizer Jr.; four brothers, John, Matthew, Edward and Thomas Strasik, and four sisters, Alice Dombrowski, Margaret Kravec, Dorothy Machingo and Mary Revella.

Florence’s family wishes to express appreciation to all that are offering condolences at this time but have elected to have private services due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. There will be a private funeral service held at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, Boardman, with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio officiating.

Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman.

On behalf of Florence’s family, they would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff and management of Briarfield Manor for their kindness shown and care given during her 16 years as a resident.

Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book or send condolences to Florence’s family.

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