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Leproso - Toledo (Ohio), 27 Aprile 2001

Ci sentiamo particolarmente vicini a Mario Rizzi ed alla sua famiglia, in questi giorni di dolore. Ci consola il pensiero che ora Mario avrà una tomba su cui pregare e posare un fiore in memoria della sua amata figlia. Mario ed il fratello Sergio, in tenera età sono emigrati negli Stati Uniti, con il padre Antonio e la madre Maria. L'estate scorsa, in occasione di un suo viaggio in Friuli, Mario era ritornato a Leproso ed espresso la sua preoccupazione per la scomparsa della figlia Michelle, che per un periodo aveva studiato in Italia. I funerali si svolgeranno domani 28 Aprile, nella chiesa Cattolica di S.Giuseppe di Toledo (Ohio).

Michelle M. Rizzi

June 3rd, 1974
Toledo, Ohio

Died: April 20th, 2001
Bowling Green, Ohio

Michelle M. Rizzi, 26 years of age, a graduate student at Michigan State University and formerly of South Berkey-Southern Road, Swanton, remains were recovered Friday, April 20, 2001 after her abduction on June 30, 2000 from her residence in East Lansing.

Michelle was born on June 3, 1974 in Toledo to Mario and Patricia A. (Ransberger) Rizzi. A member of the Ghostriders and Desperados 4-H clubs, she attended and graduated from Swanton High School where she was active in the Flag Corps. She graduated from Bowling Green State Univeristy in 1999 with Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology. Michelle was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society while at Bowling Green State University. She was currently working on her Master’s Degree at Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan where she was involved in the Michigan Speech Language Hearing Association.

An ambitious and compassionate young lady, Michelle loved assisting autistic and mentally challenged children. She also had a deep love for animals. A volunteer for the Toledo Metroparks, Michelle lead nature walks in the Parks and also supervised children working crafts in the Park. She worked at the Wood County Humane Society as a caretaker while she attended BGSU. She also had worked for The Lantern House Restaurant in Holland, Ohio as a waitress and in the Deli Department of Foodtown in Swanton .

Michelle was a charter member and very active in the Arabian Horse Club of Toledo. She raised and trained her Arabian horse, DM Kristina, showing her in competitions all over the state of Ohio. She was the Reserve Champion with DM Kristina at the Ohio State Fair. Michelle and “Tina” were even featured in the Toledo Opera presentation of Aida on stage. She was awarded the Youth Highpoint Award and also the Harry Hughes Sportsman Award.. She assisted Bonnie Cicora with the Post and Rail Handicapped Riding Program for disabled children. Michelle was a member of the Lighthorse Selection Club, participating in numerous judging competitions throughout the state. She collected antique toys and was intrigued with the “Wizard of Oz.” Michelle was very interested in her Italian heritage, making three trips to Italy where she studied at Urbino University, Urbino, Italy in the summer of 1997.

Surviving are her loving parents, Mario and Pat Rizzi of Swanton; Sister, Marie (Steven) Jablonski of Temperance, MI,; Brother, Patrick Rizzi of Swanton; Grandparents, Roscoe Ransberger of Shipshewana, Indiana and Mary (Mayo) Reardon of Holland; Nephew Steven Jablonski along with several aunts, uncles and cousins. She also had a special childhood friend, Denny Kier of Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Antonio Rizzi, Grandmother, Maureen Ransberger and uncle Michael Ransberger.

Friends will be received in the Neville Funeral Home Southwest Chapel 7438 Airport Highway, Holland (865-8879) from 1 to 9 PM Friday where Rosary Services will be held at 7 PM Friday evening. Funeral services will begin at 8:45 AM Saturday, April 28, 2001 in the Funeral Home followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 628 Locust Street, Toledo with Father Stephen R. Majoros, officiating. Interment Springfield Township Cemetery.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Wood County Humane Society or the Children’s Fund at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 628 Locust Street, Toledo, Ohio 43608.

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When: Apr. 27th 2001 1:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: Neville Funeral Home Southwest Chapel, 7438 Airport Highway, Holland, Ohio
Instructions: Rosary Services 7 PM Friday Evening in the Funeral Home conducted by Father Stephen Majoros.

Funeral Information:
When: Apr. 28th 2001 10:00 AM
Where: St. Joseph Cahatolic Church, 628 Locust Street, Toledo, Ohio
Instructions: Services begin at 8:45 AM Saturday in the Funeral Home and continue at the church at 10 AM.
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Burial Information:
Where: Springfield Township Cemetery Holland, Ohio
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