Patti Pizzo, 93
1937 – 2021
Patricia Pizzo passed away in August of 2021. She was the first President of the Friends of T.C. Steele board in 1991 and also served as Vice-President during her 30 year tenure on the board. In recent years, Patti served as Board Member Emeritus and helped with recruiting new members and fill board vacancies.
She was no stranger to the arts community in Bloomington. Mention her name and you will quickly find out the many contributions and leadership she made over a period of almost 70 years. She founded the Fine Arts Bookstore in 1968 and volunteered thousands of hours.
She helped establish the Friends of Art at IU and was actively involved with other area arts and cultural organizations such as the IU Circle Theatre, the IU Society of Music, the Lilly Library and the IU Art Museum. She selflessly volunteered her time and energy to more than a dozen cultural, environmental, and social service organizations ranging from the Wylie House to Sycamore Land Trust.
Patti lived in Bloomington where three of her children and four of her grandchildren also live. She has 7 children, 16 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. The other children and their families are scattered across the country. She instilled in her family a passion for learning, ethical responsibility and to make the world a better place.
Patti was proceeded in death by her husband Dr. Anthony “Tony” Pizzo who worked for IU Health Bloomington Hospital and like Patti, he was an active Bloomington civic leader.