Obit: Pizzi, Robert Donald (1935 - 2011)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon



Surnames: Pizzi, O’Connell, Kowal, Betz, Harycki, Apfelbeck


----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co., WI.) August 17, 2011


Pizzi, Robert Donald (10 December 1935 - 15 August 2011)


Robert D. Pizzi, age 75, of Gilman, passed away at his home on Monday, August 15, 2011.  A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2011, at the Thorp Funeral Home, with Rev. Keith Apfelbeck officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home, on Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until time of service.


Robert Donald Pizzi was born on December 10, 1935, in Chicago, Il, the son of Joseph and Genevieve (O’Connell) Pizzi.  He was raised and received his education in the Chicago area. Robert was united in marriage to Josephine Kowal on September 22, 1956, in Chicago.  They later divorced.  He worked at Danley Machine, in Chicago, as a foreman.  In 1975, they moved to Lublin where they purchased and operated Pizzi’s Bar for a few years.  After selling the bar, Robert held various jobs including: butchering for Lewan’s IGA, pouring concrete for Silver Harycki, and finally working at Drangle’s in Gilman. 


He had many interests, but especially loved golfing, fishing, hunting and refereeing football, basketball, baseball and softball in Gilman for many years.


He was a member of the Gilman Lion’s Club and the C. B. A. in Gilman.


Robert is survived by one son, Tim Pizzi of Menomonie; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a son-in-law, David Betz of Curtiss.


He was preceded in death by his parents; and one daughter, Debi Betz, on September 24, 2008.


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Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



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