Rocke A. Izzo

Roche “Rocke” A. Izzo, age 80, of Wilmington, DE passed away at Christiana Hospital on November 12, 2017.

Born in Wilmington, DE he was the son of the late Mary (DiGiacomo) and Francis J. Izzo. He graduated from Wilmington High School in 1955 and worked at Hercules until his retirement in 1995. After Hercules, Rocke worked as a technician for AET.  He also worked for New Castle County Parks and Rec part-time for 32 years. Rocke was an active bowler, participating in numerous leagues including the Parkway and Grady’s Leagues. Rocke was Softball Commissioner and Umpire in Chief for the State of Delaware. He was a member of St. John the Beloved Parish and the St. Anthony Holy Name Society.

In addition to his parents, Rocke was predeceased by his daughter, Denise Izzo, and his sister, Rose Ann Izzo Baker, both in 2015. Rocke is survived by his wife, Alice (Geiszler) Izzo of Wilmington, DE; his son, Francis Izzo and his wife, Carolyn of Marlton, NJ; his daughter, Mary Alice Moran and her husband, George of Wilmington, DE; and his grandchildren, Ashley, Sydney and Emily Izzo and Alicia and Nicholas Moran.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Christiana Hospital and Fresenius Dialysis centers in Newport and Lantana Square for all their care.

A visitation will be held on Friday November 17th, 2017 from 9:30AM to Noon at the Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12:30PM at St. John the Beloved Parish, 907 Milltown Road Wilmington, DE 19808.  Entombment will follow at Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Delaware Softball Hall of Fame, 92 Reads Way #104, New Castle, DE 19720. Online condolences can be made at


Submitted by David and Carol Wohr on
To Alice, Fran, Mary Alice, George and families, our sincerest condolences to you all. Rocke was certainly a good and loving husband and father and grandfather who will be missed. Thankful that we got to know him. Sorry that we can't be with you this week but will see you when we get home. Love to all, Oma and Opa Wohr

Submitted by Ron Chambers on
I am very sorry for your family's loss. IIt was my privilege to work with Rocke for over 25 years at the Research Center. To say the least he was an "unforgettable person". Due to my daughters softball we also had many interactions as a result of ASA softball. Rocke was a great guy with a great heart behind that gruff exterior. Again my condolences!!

Submitted by John Savage on
Alice, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rocke was a good guy and a good friend. John

Submitted by Mil Mealey on
Alice, I am sending my deep condolences to you & your family, as I know Rocke will be missed. He certainly led a full life & I especially recall his sincerity & kindness to family & friends. I always enjoyed our little visits outside of church at SJB when Chick Sr. & I would meet you two. Take comfort is the memories you have of the good times together & that he has just stepped into a new arena where I am sure he will have family & friends to greet him. Sincerely, Mil Mealey

Submitted by Cliffo Vansant on
I am so sorry for your loss. Rocke was one of a kind, but you needed to take time to know him. He was a great guy who loved his family & the game of softball. Many great memories. It has been an honor to known him. RIP Rock

Submitted by Y. Holland on
"My deepest Sympathy go to the Izzo family, may your memories of your loss loved one comfort you and your family today and always, please take comfort in God's word at 2 Corinthians 1:3 "Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort".