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Rebecca J. Chizzo

August 28, 1959 March 14, 2024
Rebecca J. Chizzo
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Obituary for Rebecca J. Chizzo

Rebecca, age 64 of Larkspur, Colorado, former resident of Sudbury, Massachusetts.


Rebecca Jill Chizzo, of Sudbury, MA, passed away on March 14, 2024, after a long illness which began five years earlier. Rebecca battled valiantly through numerous challenges, and while her family and friends are profoundly saddened at her passing, we also celebrate that she is at peace in the presence of our Lord and Savior.


Rebecca was born in 1959 and raised in southern Illinois by her parents, Marv and Esther Blanton, who lovingly encouraged her appreciation of art and music. Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the University of Illinois as an accomplished pianist and violinist…all the while nurturing a lifelong love of classic rock. During her studies, she met her future husband, Scott Chizzo, and they eventually started their life together in California.


In the early 1990’s, Rebecca and Scott resettled in Sudbury, MA, and became active members of the community. Their first daughter, Emily, tragically passed away after only one day of life. Several years later their daughter, Olivia, was born, and Rebecca became involved in the local school system and civic causes. Rebecca embodied the best of qualities: unconditional love of family, strength of spirit, and a heart for service to her community.


In an extraordinary act of service, Rebecca founded a nonprofit organization called S.W.E.E.T. that focused on the eradication of invasive plant species in Sudbury and the surrounding areas. She organized work parties, collaborated with schools and city managers, obtained federal grants, and rolled up her sleeves, wielding large root wrenches and shovels while removing countless truckloads of invasive plants that were affecting the native ecosystems.


Rebecca’s husband, Scott, passed away in 2012, leaving Rebecca the additional challenge of continuing to raise their daughter on her own. Rebecca became a strong advocate for Olivia’s education, all while supporting Olivia’s own interests in music, and a myriad of other pursuits.


Rebecca continued leading her nonprofit organization until the day illness suddenly struck and robbed her of that passion. For the past five years Rebecca lived in Colorado while facing many difficult days, and some good ones, but always exhibiting her strong spirit and love of family…and often with some Led Zeppelin playing in the background.


A service will be held at Memorial Congregational Church, 26 Concord Road in Sudbury on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at 3:00 PM. Interment New Town Cemetery, Sudbury, MA.


In lieu of flowers, Rebecca’s family asks that contributions be made in her honor to the American Diabetes Association.


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Celebration of Life Gathering

Saturday

30

Mar

11:00 AM 3/30/2024 11:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 3/30/2024 1:00:00 PM
The Chapel at Ellis Family Services

13436 West Arbor Place
Littleton, CO 80127

There will be viewing with a time of sharing remembrances of Rebecca's life. The gathering will conclude at the chapel.

The Chapel at Ellis Family Services
13436 West Arbor Place Littleton 80127 CO
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Diabetes Association

P.O. Box 7023
Merrifield, VA 22116-7023
In Rebecca's memory.
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