Abigail George Pizzo, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 83 years of age. She was born in New Orleans, LA on August 19, 1938 to Dr. Jackson Shumard and Josephine Marino George. She attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans and made many wonderful, life-long friends there (“tough as nails, strong as bricks, we’re the class of ‘56!”).
She spent a year at Marymount University in New York before returning to New Orleans to marry the love of her life, Philip J. Pizzo (Jerry), also from New Orleans. They married on October 12, 1957 and enjoyed nearly 65 years of marriage. During Jerry’s naval service, they spent many years stationed at various cities throughout the country. They led a beautiful life together filled with travel, friends, and family.
In 1972, the Pizzo family of Jerry, Abbie, and children, Jerry, Jr., Pam, Abbie, and Paula, settled in Camarillo, where they have lived for over 50 years.
Abbie was a kind, selfless, and devoted woman—the rock of the Pizzo family. She led an exemplary life and appreciated all things great and small, from traveling around the world with husband Jerry to lovingly watching the hummingbirds gather at her balcony feeder at home.
An avid quilter, Abbie created many quilts for various charitable organizations, including those geared towards veterans. She also made many quilts to mark the life milestones of her family and friends and enjoyed quilting with her close friends. Quilting was one way in which she expressed her love and care for others, and it remained one of her passions throughout her life. Abbie also taught lessons at Barron’s Fabrics in Camarillo for many years.
She was deeply involved in several community organizations throughout her life, including the Camarillo Quilters Association, Padre Serra Parish, and St. Mary Magdalen Church. Abbie was passionate about her Catholic faith, family, and friends, always putting others above herself.
She is preceded in death by daughter Pamela and parents Dr. Jackson Shumard and Josephine Marino George. She leaves behind her husband, Jerry and three children, Jerry Pizzo, Jr. (Lisa), Abbie Thorpe (Liam), Paula Seibert, and six grandchildren, Sara Seibert, Liam and Maddie Thorpe, Philip and Jenna Pizzo, Samantha Talbert as well as her brother Dr. Frank George (Kathy).