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Carol Joan Rizzo

March 6, 1943 — February 19, 2023


Carol Joan Rizzo passed into the arms of the Lord on Sunday, February 19, 2023 due to the ravages of the effects of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a disease that plagued her for a number of years.

Carol was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 6, 1943, to Myrle (Peggy) and Wesley (Larry) Algire.

A graduate of Eastern High School in Baltimore, where she honed her well-versed secretarial skills, Carol entered the Baltimore business community, eventually being hired as the private secretary for Don, who was to become her future husband.  Love unexpectantly blossomed in their office environment and, after a couple of years, resulted in a 58-year, love-filled marriage.

Although she only worked with Don in the office for one year after marrying, Carol was always a vital part of his business.  She accompanied him on business trips- domestic and foreign- never complaining about those early morning calls for the “four-hour miracle” of hair and makeup which, coupled with her inherent charm and sense of humor, provided everything befitting the classy lady and gracious hostess that she truly was.

Carol’s favorite things in life primarily evolved around her relationships with her friends and being with them in both Maryland and Florida.  Although not much of an athlete, Carol proved to be most proficient in the art of candlepin bowling, having won many trophies despite admitting to enjoying the social aspects of the game more than the game itself.  An enthusiastic supporter of all sports, she was particularly loyal to her Baltimore Ravens and Orioles.

Carol’s father, Larry, was an accomplished musician, serving as drummer for the Pier Five Dixieland Jazz Band, a noted band in the Baltimore area.  Since her step-siblings Kathy Clark, Jacqueline Foster, and Eddie Algire were domiciled out of town, Carol made a point to attend as many of Larry’s “gigs” as possible, and became an avid Dixieland fan.

Carol was particularly fond of her cousin Jaqueline Casterline and Jacqueline’s sons, Richard Foard and Jeffrey Foard, wife of Roseann, all of whom live in the Baltimore area.

A funeral gathering and service will be held in the Beall Funeral Home, 6512 NW Crain Highway, Bowie, MD at 11:00 am on Tuesday, February 28th with burial following at Lakemont Memorial Gardens in Davidsonville, Maryland.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in honor of Carol to:

CurePSP at:

Or the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation for the Carol and Don Rizzo Scholarship, 134 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003,

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

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