Darnella Coco Rizzotto

March 10, 1929 - December 26, 2019

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. 

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mary ann shumaker

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Kathy & Vito Prestia

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

Nicholas Cone

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.

Keith and Karen Rizzotto Truman

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.

Frances Sheffield

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

Connie Brocato

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

Diana (Caldronia) & Larry Scheier

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.

Jim Brocato

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

Marie Pinner

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

Michael K Truman II & Family

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!

Josie & Philip White

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

Michelle Lambert Ryan and Scott Ryan

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

Neal &joette Robichau

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.

Kathryn Malley Hinojosa

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

Wade and Mary Ann Graham

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

Jane Kinsel

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

Lee and Gail Foreman

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

Rita Leger

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.

anita s. fournier

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