Richard Tarizzo

April 2, 1931 ~ May 16, 2018 (age 87)

Dr. Richard A. Tarizzo passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at his home in Joliet. He was 87 years old. Richard was born on April 2, 1931 and is a graduate of Joliet Township High School and Joliet Junior College and received his undergraduate, medical and Master of Science in Surgery degrees from the University of Illinois. Dr. Tarizzo has published and presented numerous medical research articles on atherosclerosis and received the Rush Medical College Award for Achievement in Surgery and Research during his residency there. He was a member of the American College of Surgeons and at one time served as an assistant professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Tarizzo had a private medical practice in Vascular, Thoracic and General Surgery in Joliet for 36 years. For many years, he was the only vascular surgeon in the Joliet area.

Dr. Tarizzo had a long and close affiliation with Silver Cross Hospital for his entire career, serving over time as the Chairman of the Department of Surgery, the Chief of Staff and as a member of the Board of Directors. He was committed to the pursuit of excellence in health care, and in 2000 was awarded the Silver Cross Hospital Sehring Medal of Excellence in Health Care. He was also on staff at St. Joseph Hospital, serving for many years on the St. Joseph Surgical Committee.

Dr. Tarizzo was active in the community and served as a Board Member of the Silver Cross Hospital Foundation and the Joliet Junior College Foundation. He was Roman Catholic and a lifelong parishioner of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Joliet.

Dr. Tarizzo had a bright and colorful personality. He both treated and entertained his patients. He had many interests, among them traveling the world, planting and maintaining his extensive flower and vegetable gardens, bird feeding, golfing, skiing, fishing and dancing, to name just a few. He has long been known for his love of bolo ties and his signature color red -- in his clothes, his cars and his socks.

Dr. Tarizzo is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Marilyn (Bozic); three sons, Jeffrey (Teresa) of Wheaton, Gary (Conny) of Turin, Italy, and David (Lisa) of Hinsdale; one daughter Marlene of Joliet; four grandchildren Annalisa, Matthew, Isabella and Antonio; two sisters-in-law Joan Bozic and Nancy Bozic of Joliet; and numerous Di Giulio family nieces and nephews. Dr. Tarizzo was preceded in death by his parents Anton and Elizabeth (Depratt) Tarizzo, a sister Rosemary (Tarizzo) DiGiulio and a brother-in-law Dr. Vincent DiGiulio.

Visitation is Wednesday, May 23, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Road in Joliet.

On Thursday, May 24, final respects and prayers will be said at the funeral home at 9:00 a.m. followed by a procession to a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 100 N. Scott Street in Joliet. Burial is at St. Mary’s Nativity Cemetery on Caton Farm Road and Oakland Avenue in Lockport.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Dr. Tarizzo’s name to the Silver Cross Hospital Foundation or the Joliet Junior College Foundation; or have a Holy Mass said in a Roman Catholic Church for the repose of the soul of Richard Tarizzo.

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