Marilyn Kay Rizzo was born on February 11, 1948, in Hammond, Indiana and died 75 years later on December 17, 2023, in Downers Grove, Illinois. She was welcomed into the world by parents, John and Katherine Creekmore, who raised her and her brother Earl in a home built by her father and grandfather. Marilyn didn’t move too far away for college, attending Purdue University in her home state. After graduation, she became a food and consumer science teacher, imparting both her love for cooking and her knowledge on important home economics topics onto each student who passed through her classroom.
Marilyn was generous, selfless, and valued her family above all else. She married Nick Rizzo on July 8, 1972, and they celebrated their 50th anniversary last year. Marilyn had pets throughout most of her life, and the couple recently started adopting elderly cats in need of a loving home. Marilyn took time off of teaching to raise her children, Michelle and Denise. Whether serving on various school committees, attending athletic events and music concerts, or sewing loose buttons, she was heavily involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren. Marilyn moved to Downers Grove to be closer to her grandchildren. Marilyn was affectionately called “Nana” by Denise’s daughter, Nickie. Michelle’s children, Denise, Lucy, and Sarah, called her “Grandma Flower,” as she had a penchant for floral patterns. Though Marilyn may have retired from the classroom, she continued sharing her expertise with her family by sewing loose buttons, transcribing recipes, and everything in between. The tradition she perhaps treasured the most was when the family came together around the holidays to bake kieflies.
Marilyn is survived by her brother, Earl (Sue); husband of 51 years, Nick; two daughters, Michelle (Bob) and Denise; four grandchildren: Denise, Lucy, Sarah, and Nickie; and many nieces and nephews. She will return to Indiana to be interred in a mausoleum with her mom and dad.
Visitation will be held Friday, December 22 from 11-12 followed by a service from 12-12:30 at the Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hospice Support Foundation. Their website is www.hospicesupportfoundation.org/donate/ and checks should be made payable to “Hospice Support Foundation” and sent to the following address:
Hospice Support Foundation
Attn: Mary Mimay
7755 3rd Street North, Suite 200
Oakdale MN 55128