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Carmen Quilici (Rizzo) - Class Of 1941

Carmen C. Rizzo, 83, of Kenosha, died October 29, 2004 at Select Specialty Hospital in Milwaukee.Born in Trimountain, MI, on October 29, 1921, she was the daughter of the late John Ettore and Mary Josephine (Zeigler) Quilici.  She came to Kenosha as a child and attended local schools. She attended Layton School of Art, and graduated in the first class in interior design at Gateway Technical College.

A World War II veteran, she served as an aviation machinists mate second class in the Waves. She served from October 23, 1943, until her honorable discharge December 2, 1945.  On August 6, 1949, she married Samuel "Sam" Rizzo at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

She worked in the field of interior design. In 1973, she and her family opened Scandinavian Design in Kenosha. She was the manager/director until her retirement.

A lifelong member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, she was a member of the Quota Club, Kenosha Woman's Garden Club, Catholic Women's Club, Mended Hearts and Cousins Club. She was the founder of the Kenosha Mothers of Twins, and she volunteered at the Kenosha Public Museum and Kenosha Hospital.  She enjoyed gardening, travel, art, and photography.

Survivors include her husband of Kenosha; a son, Paul (Terri) Rizzo of Vernon Hills, IL; two daughters, Renee (Jimmy) Peltier of McFarland, and Paulette Hopkins of Kokomo, IN; a sister, Jean Harmon of Kingsburg, CA; three grandchildren, Lacy, Hannah and Sam; and one great-granddaughter, Cicily.

Preceding her in death were a brother, Paul Quilici; and three sisters, Mercedes Kreuser, Florence Peters and Corinne Petretti.

Relatives and friends were asked to meet at St. Anthony Church on November 1, 2004 for a Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Samuel (Carmen) Rizzo, with interment to follow at St. James Cemetery.