Emma Jean (Trulli) Rizzo, 89, originally from Boston, passed away peacefully at Helen Porter Nursing Home Memory Care, on Sunday November 19, 2017 with her family by her side.
Emma was born on August 20, 1928 to Alfonse and Rosa (Rico) Trulli and grew up in Boston’s North End, with loads of neighbors, friends, and relatives in a noisy city, which she loved. After her marriage to Henry Rizzo in 1954, Emma worked as a valued technical typist at MIT in Cambridge Mass. Later, for over twenty years she was Coordinator of Membership and Meetings at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in Boston. Emma had a special passion for giving engaging tours of the historic Harrison Gray Otis House in which AMS is headquartered, to visitors from around the world. Later in life, Emma moved to Vermont to be closer to her family, and came to love the beauty of the countryside.
Emma was a kind and pleasant person, a dedicated mother and grandmother, who loved to cook, dance, swim, travel, read, laugh and have a good time. She had three qualities that endeared her to nearly everyone she met. She knew how to listen, was interested in you, and didn’t pass judgment. We will miss her dearly.
Emma was predeceased by her husband Henry, her sisters Connie Peri and Catherine Nadolny and her brother Al Trulli.
She leaves her daughter Lydia and son-in-law Andre Vorsteveld and six grandchildren, Lucas, Anita, Natalie, Adam, Julia, and Sylvia, a sister Elena Doucet, her special niece Jean Marr, and many other beloved nieces, nephews, and friends. We will miss her truly.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 85 South Maple St, Vergennes, VT on Sunday December 3rd at 1 p.m.
Gifts in Emma’s memory may be made to any of the following, to all of whom the family is deeply grateful for their outstanding kindness and care: Elderly Services, Inc., 112 Exchange St; Helen Porter Nursing Home Memory Care, 30 Porter Dr.; and Addison County Home Health and Hospice, PO Box 754; all of Middlebury, Vermont, 05753. Arrangements are through Brown McClay Funeral Home Vergennes, VT 05401.