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Ricci, Evelyn R.

December 26, 2012 by Ellen Jarus Hanley

CHESHIRE – Evelyn R. Ricci, 84, passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at her home after a yearlong battle with cancer. She was the wife of Leonard A. Ricci.

Mrs. Ricci was born on May 31, 1928 in Meriden, the daughter of the late George and Stella (Gimza) Pichnarcik. She was a lifelong Cheshire resident where she was communicant of St. Bridget Church. She graduated from Meriden School of Nursing in 1949 and was employed by the Cheshire Board of Education as a School Nurse for over 30 years. She worked at several Cheshire schools, spending a majority of her career at Cheshire High School before her retirement. Evelyn loved all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly. She was also an avid gardener.

Besides her husband of 61 years, Mrs. Ricci is survived by her sons, Leonard Ricci. Jr., and John Ricci and his wife Melanie, both of Cheshire; her daughters, Barbara Ricci Ruddy and her husband Larry of Cheshire, Nancy Ricci Collins and her husband Daniel of Cheshire, and Patricia Ricci Carlson of Cheshire; her brothers, George Pichnarcik and his wife Abby of South Carolina, and John Pichnarcik of Durham; her sisters, Louise Galipeau and her husband Roland of Florida, and Edith Patterson and her husband Pat of Florida; her grandchildren, Michelle Ricci Falk, Daniel Ruddy, Sara Ruddy, Michael Ricci, Johnathan Ricci, Paul Ruddy, Lindsey Ricci Choo, Rachael Ricci, Stephanie Carlson, Laura Carlson, Christine Collins and Katherine Collins; her great grandchildren Hayley, Jack, Joshua, Derek, Gabriella, Jayden and Boden.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 22, 2012 from the Alderson Funeral Home of Cheshire to St. Bridget Church for Mass at 10 a.m. Burial was in St. Bridget Cemetery. Calling hours were held on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., Rocky Hill, CT 06067-3045 or to the American Red Cross 2025 E St., Washington, DC 20006. For online condolences, and to light a candle or share a story, please visit

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