Dorothy H. "Dotti" Rizzo
February 10, 1943 - March 17, 2018
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3700 Charles J. Miller Road
McHenry, IL 60050
815-385-2400 | Map
Saturday 3/24, 1:00 pm

Dorothy H. “Dotti” Rizzo, age 75, of McHenry, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Centegra Hospital – McHenry. She was born February 10, 1943 in Chicago to Arthur and Dorothy (Glass) Krause. On September 16, 1972, she married John J. Rizzo. Dotti was employed in food service for many years, working as a server…

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Dan amundson left a message on March 30, 2018:
My Aunt Dotti- I feel blessed that I was able to celebrate your Birthday with you and your family in the weeks preceding your passing. I will remember you always sharing your home with family on holidays. Your sharing of your delicous cooking brought joy to your many guests. I always remember those garlic oyster crackers and still crave them on occasions. Love always till we see each other again
karen andersen kistler left a message on March 27, 2018:
Dear Cousin Dotti, You will always be such a beautiful cousin---flawless beauty, deep down kindness, generosity, sweetness. It was always fun to be around you as you were full of kind words and happy thoughts. I so remember you when I was in high school and later. You asked me to be in your wedding when you married Lynn. I was over the moon with that idea, and have always felt flattered by the invitation. I visited you in your apartment to see that precious little boy of yours when he was first born. Oh how thrilled you were and how lovely that little boy of yours was.. Though we have lived many, many miles apart for many years, you have always found a special place in my heart. Much love to you and yours always, Karen
Linda Donaldson left a message on March 24, 2018:
Sharing some special memories of the days spent with my Aunt Dotti: o When I was a little girl, I was the flower girl in Aunt Dotti’s first wedding. It was a memorable day for a 5 yr old.. Dotti was so beautiful. o We would come visit most every year around holidays. So many wonderful memories at Dotti, Judy, Sue, Grandma and Grandpa Krause and Harriet’s homes. I’ll treasure those days for ever. I have so many fond memories from my childhood. I was blessed to have such a wonderful extended family. o I loved Aunt Dotti’s “Fudge”. It was to die for…I make it every year! o Later in my 30th year, in 1988…. We (Dotti, mom, Sue, Kathie and myself and sometimes Judy) would pick a city half way between Kansas City and Chicago, to get together. (Amana, IA / Hannibal, MO / St. Charles, MO …to name a few.) We only got to see one another, maybe once a year… so we decided to call it a “Spring Fling”. To fling was to pick a Bed & Breakfast, eat out and shop till we dropped. It was usually 2-3 days of fun and relaxation. We did it in the spring of each year, until about 1995, when we decided to add a “Fall Fling”. Our evenings were composed of gift giving (some of these gifts were “white elephants”. We laughed a lot and enjoyed our wine and margarita’s till late in the night. On one of these flings, we went on a Gambling River Boat and had a wonderful prime rib dinner and then off to the slot machines we all went. Almost immediately, Dotti began winning. The whole time I’m losing on my machine, her machine was ringing bells and hear coins dropping. She had the biggest smile on her face. I’m not much of a gambler but brought about $60. I was losing slowly… I looked over at Dotti and she was winning on almost EVERY PULL of the machine! When she looked over and saw that I was losing, she said, “Hay Linda, Come over here!” She put me on HER machine and I began to win back almost all of my money! Susie got an empty bucket and with every win, we put the winning coins in that bucket. I won back almost everything but about $10! Dottie won a lot that night. We all had so much fun. I don't remember Dotti ever complaining, even over the years when she was in pain. She always had a kind word to say and always had a smile on her face. She was selfless, generous and thoughtful. I was blessed to have her for my Aunt in this life. Her passing was a shock to me, as I didn't know she was that ill. I know she is at peace now and no longer in pain. She is now with mom and dad and her parents and so many others that have gone before us. I truly believe I will see her again. She was a loving, wonderful soul and will be greatly missed. Sending love and well wishes. With Loving Memories from Dotti’s niece, Linda Ann (Bowman) Donaldson
Kathie Sue Gillihan left a message on March 21, 2018:
My dear Aunt Dotti was a loving, devoted mother, wife and Aunt. Still cannot get over that she is gone... I just spoke to her before her birthday. So happy to learn that her family came together for her 75th Birthday and she celebrated with a Margarita! She looked forward to getting out and doing those things. She was a wonderful cook, spending hours cooking her tomatoes from the vine and making awesome tomato sauces and pastes on her stove top; they’d simmer for hours. And the salsa and delicious ‘Ollie’ she brought to share with her Kansas family… oooohhh! THE Salsa! LOL I still can feel the heat! Aunt Dotti was a beautiful, generous lady…she loved sharing her infamous Fudge! She sent me her delicious fudge and upon learning that Ken so enjoyed it she cooked up another batch and stuck it in the mail just for him. I’ll forever remember her ‘Flinging’ with us in Amana... So many laughs and good times! She loved to go antiquing and I loved visiting her in Elgin at her Antique Shop. I still wear the little bee pin on my denim jacket that I admired and she gave to me. Death is a part of Life…the world’s a little quieter now and our hearts are missing you. Dotti leaves a legacy of love... I will forever miss you; until we meet again. Love Kathie
Lisa Sakolari left a message on March 20, 2018:
Remembering My Dear Aunt Dotti- You will be missed. I will always remember your incredible beauty, sweetness and your endless smiles. Holiday dinners will be a bittersweet memory of your Brisket, the cranberries that were different than my mom's, and your Amazing Fudge that no one makes better than you. May your wonderful family always remember the blessings you so faithfully gave to all around you!
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