Darnella Rizzotto

March 10, 1929 - December 26, 2019

Darnella Coco Rizzotto

Darnella Coco Rizzotto, 90, of Beaumont, died Thursday, December 26, 2019. She was born on March 10, 1929, in Beaumont, to Margaret Caldronia Coco and Russell Coco. 

Darnella was a devoted wife, mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, sister, “Aunt Sister” and friend. She found joy in spending time with her family, cooking in the kitchen and keeping an immaculate, warm, welcoming home. She was a loving wife and married her love, Manuel in 1952. They were married for 38 years until his death in 1990.

Darnella passed on her love of cooking to her 4 children, especially when it came to preparing traditional Sicilian cooking, passed on to her from her mother and grandmother. Her favorites were pasta and suga, arrancini (rice balls), stuffed artichokes, biscottis and cuccidati (fig cookies). She always made sure her famous wedding ring biscottis were found at family weddings, baptisms and 1st Communion celebrations. She was proud to carry on these family traditions. Known as “Gee” to her Grandchildren and their friends, she was loved by each and every one. Even those who married into the family loved their Gee.

Darnella was a devout Catholic, passing on her faith and traditions to her family. She honored St. Joesph, working on the St. Joseph Day altar, baking cookies and helping in the kitchen. She faithfully said her Christmas novena every year. If she had to miss Mass due to illness, she watched the Mass on television. She was a generous donor to Birthright of Beaumont.

Darnella also showed her care and concern for others lovingly. She took excellent care of Manuel during his illness. She was a Gray Lady at St. Elizabeth Hospital for 30 years serving others. She helped out at St. Anthony Cathedral School and Kelly High School when her children were growing up. She enjoyed having coffee with family and friends to catch up on the latest news. She will live on in the hearts of those she touched with her kind, gentle spirit.

Survivors include her children, Margaret Cone and her husband, James; Mary Ann Keller and her husband, Richard; Karen Truman and her husband, Keith; and Manuel Rizzotto, Jr. and his wife, Donna; grandchildren, Patrick Sykes and his wife, Leigh Ann; Whitney Sykes; Peyton Sykes; Laurel Keller; Allison Underwood and her husband, Chris; Caitlin Keller; Michael Truman and his wife, Julie; Megan Myrosh and her husband, Brian; Mandy Truman; Nicholas Rizzotto and his wife, Kaylynn; Christopher Rizzotto; and Anthony Rizzotto; great-grandchildren, Aspen Truman, Evy Truman, Cali Truman, Cassidy Truman, Mary-Elizabeth Truman, Lucy Truman, Emma Truman, Greyson Myrosh, Domenic Sykes, Annabella Sykes, Blake Keller, and Grace Rizzotto; brother, Joe Coco; sisters-in-law, Rosalie Talamantez and Mary Rizzotto; and brother-in-law, Most Rev. Vincent M. Rizzotto. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Rizzotto; parents; brothers, Charlie, VJ, and her twin brother Russell; and grandson, William Anthony Rizzotto.   

The family would like to thank and acknowledge her doctors, especially Dr. George Thomas, his head nurse Katina, Sheila DeVaugh, NP of Advanced Cardiovascular, Amber of Kindred Home Health. A special thanks to Kathy Falkenhagen for bringing Holy Communion and visiting.

Memorial contributions for Mrs. Rizzotto may be made to Birthright of Beaumont, 2626 Calder Avenue, Suite 201, Beaumont, Texas 77702.

A Rosary for Mrs. Rizzotto will be recited at 5:00 p.m., with a gathering of family and friends to follow, Sunday, December 29, 2019, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 30, 2019, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont, with her interment to follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont. 

Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
Sunday, December 29, 2019
5:00 p.m. with Gathering of Family and Friends to follow
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church
6825 Gladys Beaumont, TX 77706
Monday, December 30, 2019
10:30 a.m.
Magnolia Cemetery
2291 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (19)

  • anita s. fournier

    10 January 2020 at 22:22 | #

    She was a cousin that I admired. Have not seen her in many years after my leaving Beaumont. I extend deepest sympathy to Manuel and the family.
    Anita Savino Fournier


  • Rita Leger

    08 January 2020 at 19:13 | #

    I am so sorry to hear of Sister’s passing. I just found out today or I would have been here for her service. She was such a warm, caring, and welcoming person. I treasure her friendship. Blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted. God bless you all and give you peace and comfort.


  • Lee and Gail Foreman

    05 January 2020 at 19:52 | #

    Will miss this sweet lady always had a smile on her face. Sympathy and prayers to all family.
    God Bless
    Gail Foreman


  • Jane Kinsel

    31 December 2019 at 15:24 | #

    Dear Rizzotto Family,
    I’m so sorry about your great loss. Your mother was special to so many. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sending you all lots of love!
    Jane Nelson Kinsel


  • Wade and Mary Ann Graham

    30 December 2019 at 20:15 | #

    So sorry to haar about your Mom and want you and your family to know that our thoughts and caring are for you all.


  • Kathryn Malley Hinojosa

    30 December 2019 at 19:24 | #

    My deepest condolences to the family of Darnella. What a wonderful and loving lady that God has called home. I remember Darnella when I was a young girl and visiting my Great-Aunt Caldronia on Avenue A. Rest in Peace Darnella. Love, Kathryn Malley Hinojosa


  • Neal &joette Robichau

    30 December 2019 at 02:13 | #

    Manuel, Donna and the Rizzotto family.
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. May she rest in eternal peace with our Heavanly father. Mrs. Rizzotto was a kind and gentle woman. What I most admired about her was her love for God and her family. She was a faithful servant and did her job well. May God comfort the Rizzotto family in the days to come with his peace and mercy.


  • Michelle Lambert Ryan and Scott Ryan

    29 December 2019 at 22:59 | #

    Manuel and Donna,
    Scott and I are so sorry for your loss.. Please know that our prayers are with your family at this time!


  • Josie & Philip White

    29 December 2019 at 22:55 | #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your family. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by all.


  • Michael K Truman II & Family

    29 December 2019 at 17:57 | #

    Gee, we love you and will miss you very much. You touched many hearts in your full life. Give Paw Paw a hug for us!


  • Marie Pinner

    29 December 2019 at 16:11 | #

    Darnella was such a beautiful lady! She will be missed.


  • Jim Brocato

    29 December 2019 at 15:29 | #

    Manuel & Donna,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless.


  • Diana (Caldronia) & Larry Scheier

    29 December 2019 at 15:17 | #

    My sympathy to all the family. I have so many memories of us all over the years at Grandma's 'house. My thoughts and prayers are with you at such a sad time. Love too all.


  • Connie Brocato

    29 December 2019 at 13:52 | #

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family for the loss of Darnella. She was a wonderful woman and friend. Sending my deepest sympathy. Connie


  • Frances Sheffield

    29 December 2019 at 03:52 | #

    Karen Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Robert & Frances Sheffield


  • Keith and Karen Rizzotto Truman

    29 December 2019 at 02:51 | #

    Mom...we miss you already but we know you and Daddy are together again watching over us. We are happy you are now at peace.
    Rest In Peace...until we are all together again. Love you so very much.


  • Nicholas Cone

    27 December 2019 at 23:26 | #

    I only had the pleasure of meeting Gee a couple times but her presence stuck with me.She reminded me of my own Grandmother.She had a beautiful spirit and left an impression on me.My heartfelt condolences to the family.


  • Kathy & Vito Prestia

    27 December 2019 at 23:02 | #

    A very special lady has now taken her place in Heaven next to her beloved husband. With deepest condolences to your family.


  • mary ann shumaker

    27 December 2019 at 22:36 | #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


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