Helen Schmidt Rizzo was called home to be with the Lord on November 24, 2018, at the age of 92 surrounded by her 5 children.
Helen was born to Carl and Ida Boeing Schmidt on November 20, 1926 in Jourdanton, Texas. She is preceded in death by the love of her life, Blas Bruno Rizzo, daughter Diane Marie Ruebottom, 2 sons John Carl Rizzo and George Phillip Rizzo, parents Carl and Ida Schmidt, 3 sisters Elvira Ristow, Alma Schuh and Hertha Wright, and 4 brothers Walter, Alton, Edmund and Edward Schmidt.
She is survived by her 4 daughters, Elvie Adamson of Wylie, Texas, Trish Panknin, Betty Bailey and Jacqueline Shew, son James (Vanessa) Rizzo, and her daughter-in-law Carlene Rizzo, all of Corpus Christi; two brothers, Carl (Sara Beth) Schmidt of Sandia, Texas and George (Marilyn) Schmidt of Corsicana, Texas; and sister-in-law, Muriel Rizzo of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren: Tim (Maggie) Rizzo, Midlothian, Ginny Horrell, Grapevine; Andy (Keri) Adamson, Wylie; Shay (Chris) Marlar, San Antonio; Nick (Lindsy) Adamson, Houston; Josh Panknin, New York City; Ben (Denise) Rizzo, Fredericksburg; John (Lena) Ruebottom, Dayton; Jake Panknin, Katie Ruebottom, Carrie (Edward) Eaton, Jarried (Melissa) Rizzo, Cyndi (James) Barber, Laura (Lenox) Shaffie, Michael Bailey, Christian Bailey, Blas Rizzo, Anthony Rizzo, Christina (Mitchell) Sykes, all of Corpus Christi; 23 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen worked in the healthcare industry for many years after the loss of her beloved Blas in 1973. She continued in private duty nursing for one family for many years until her retirement at the young age of 80. Her passions besides her family were gardening, dancing, bunco and her church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Pallbearers will be James Rizzo, Anthony Rizzo, Blas Rizzo, Mitchell Sykes, Christian Bailey, Paul Schmidt, and Jake Panknin.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov 29 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. that same evening. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov 30 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church , followed by burial at Seaside.
We would like to express our deep appreciation to Wooldridge Place Nursing Center and Kindred Hospice for taking care of our beautiful mother. She made many special friends during her time there. Our Mom was a mother to many and was lovingly referred to as "Nana" by many of those who knew her. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten.