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Carmella Rizzo, Wife of Former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, Dies at 101

Carmella Rizzo, wife of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, has died. She was 101.

An obituary posted on the Lownes Funeral Home site said Rizzo, of Chestnut Hill, died Sunday.

She was born on July 25, 1916 — during WWI — and married Frank Rizzo during World War II, on April 18, 1942.

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The funeral notice called her "consistent and dignified as first lady of Philadelphia" and said "she should be admired as an example of a woman who always stood by her principles, encouraging and loving others, especially her husband and children."

Carmella Rizzo died one day short of the 27th anniversary of her husband's death in 1991.

A funeral mass is scheduled Friday at Our Mother of Consolation Church. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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