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“Great Friend lots of fun memories ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: lennie papalardo - salem, MA

“To the Rizzotti Family: My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Our families spent a lot of good times together growing up back in Salem...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Gary Marfongelli - Stratham, NH

“I remember Jeff as a friendly but quiet young boy. We went to school together from the 6th grade thru high school. He was intelligent and...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Judith Redmond - Las Vegas, NV

“Dear Jeff, You will be missed, but you fought hard until the end. Your friends and family are so proud of you. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Donna Cannatelli - West Newbury, MA

“Dear Darla and family, I am so sorry to hear about Jeff's passing. He didn't fight alone. Be kind to yourself, and reflect on his loss with love. ...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Tricia Barbeau - Nashua, NH


SALEM- Mr. Jeffery Michael Rizzotti 69, of Salem, died December 13th, 2015 at his home.

"If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile." - Lynda Barry. That was one of the last cryptoquotes Jeffery Michael Rizzotti (Oct. 15, 1946-Dec. 13, 2015) solved. Love certainly tracked him down in his most recent years, as his estranged daughter, Alessandra Rizzotti, found him, and formed a loving connection with him, bringing him closer to his sisters, Florianne Patten, Darla Jezowski, and Stephanie Konevich.

A contemplative veteran from Salem, who served as a medic and later managed several tuxedo stores from Los Angeles, California, to Salem, Massachusetts, as well as Salem Self-Storage, Jeffery spent his free time doing word games, taking walks across Chestnut Street, reading science books and newspapers, watching DVDs of "Boston Legal," and listening to the Red Sox on the radio.

While "Health is your wealth" was one of his favorite sayings, he did struggle with Parkinson's and prostate cancer and was stubborn about taking his medicine. Rizzotti passed due to health complications in a home which was coincidentally, formerly his kindergarten classroom. His kindness, intelligence, sarcasm, and deep, thought-provoking dreams will be missed.

His daughter will most miss his letters she frequently got in the mail, like this this last one: 'When you get really bored and the crossword puzzles and cryptoquotes don't cut it, you look for trouble, like how many homonyms or anagrams can you do in an hour? My favorite thing to do is take a word and make it into more words- like Einstein: test, ten, teen, nest, sit, intense, seen, neet, in, tee, sin, sent, tin, nest...you get the idea. Stay healthy. Be well. Love, Dad.'

Jeffery is survived by his daughter Alessandra Rizzotti and his siblings, Jonathan Rizzotti of Utah, Darla Jezowski of Danvers, Stephanie Konevich of Canton, and Florianne Patten of Lynnfield; as well as many nieces and nephews. Jeffery is predeceased by his sister, Lauren Russell of Salem and Stephen Rizzotti of Florida. Alessandra Rizzotti would like to thank the Salem Housing Authority, Northshore Elder Services, and Veteran's Affairs for their upmost care of Jeffery during his last years.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral services are private. Assisting the family with the arrangements is The O'Donnell Funeral Home 46 Washington Sq. (at Salem Common) Salem. If you would like to assist with any funeral arrangements, please email the daughter at rizzottister@gmail.com. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.