Dominic Natale Rizzuti, Sr

Dominic Natale Rizutti, Sr

Loretta Rizzuti tells us the sad news that her father, Dominic Rizzuti, 90, passed away this morning, Thursday, March 24, 2011.  From the Des Moines Register:

Dominic Natale Rizzuti, Sr. 90, passed away March 24, 2011. Dominic was born December 22, 1920 in Terravechia, Italy . He was the son of Luigi and Catherine Rizzuti. He immigrated to the United States in 1938. He graduated from St. Anthony’s grade school. June 1, 1952, he married the love of his life, Kay DeCarlo, and from their union 6 beautiful children were born.

In April of 1951, Dominic opened the doors of Artistic Ornamental Iron Works. Dominic and his brother Sam worked together for many years, providing handmade rails for Des Moines and surrounding area residents. In 1996 Dominic and Sam proudly represented the state of Iowa in Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian’s Sesquicentennial Conference as well as Iowa’s Folklife Conference displaying their craft. This was a highlight for Dominic, known by his business colleagues and friends as the “Iron Man” he retired in 2008, and the business today is proudly owned by his three sons.

Dominic is survived by his wife, Kay of 58 years. His children, Kathy (Dave) Gimer, of Iowa Falls, Loretta Rizzuti of Des Moines, Louis (Jackie) of Norwalk, Dominic Jr. of Des Moines, Rocco (Melissa) of Panora and Regina(Keith) Honke of Atlantic, Ia. 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His brother, Sam (June) Rizzuti of Des Moines. Nieces Linda (Mark) Hagen of Napierville, IL, Pam (Jeff) Baker of West Des Moines, Lisa (Robert) Eads of Richardson, TX and nephew Sam Rizzuti of Urbandale.

Dominic truly enjoyed his family, friends and work. He was devoted to the success of everyone and everything that entered his life. He loved having family dinners, picnics, watching his grandchildren during their dance recitals, and their many sports activities. Dominic loved to dance with his wife, Kay remembers just this morning that is was like dancing in a dream. Dominic loved traveling which included cruises, trips to Italy and family vacations.

Dominic was a proud member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, American Legion and the Society of Italian Americans allowing Dominic to be active throughout his Italian-American community and hold his heritage close to his heart. Dominic told many stories of his years in Italy as a young boy and about immigrating to America. He was very proud of the obstacles that the Italian immigrants over came while carving their American Dream: a family that loved and adored him, a business that defined him, and friends that respected him. When Dominic spoke you could not help but listen.

His strong proud American voice and charismatic Italian accent.

A funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2011 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with burial following at Glendale Cemetery. A visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. with a rosary at 6 p.m. at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Des Moines.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church or Ramsey Village.

Published in Des Moines Register on March 26, 2011

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