Obituary of Vilma A. Riccardi
Vilma Breda Riccardi passed away peacefully in her home
on Sunday afternoon, November 24, 2019 surrounded by
her loving family. The youngest of 3 children of Italian
immigrants, she was born in Brewster, NY in 1931 and lived
most of her adult life in Pearl River, NY, where she was a
parishioner of Saint Margaret’s Church for over 80 years.
Vilma graduated from Saint Cecilia Academy in Tappan, NY
and worked at Rockland State Hospital until the birth of her
first child. From the 1970’s through retirement she managed
the showroom for John M. Hartel Plumbing in Pearl River.
In 1955, Vilma married her beloved husband Ben, who
passed away in March of 2019. Throughout their 63 years of
marriage, they enjoyed traveling, including over 20 trips to
Italy, entertaining their extensive family and friends, and
maintaining their cherished garden.
Vilma was an active member of many local organizations
where she cultivated a large circle of friends, many of whom
were dedicated supporters during her valiant four-year battle
with pancreatic cancer.
Those who knew Vilma will remember her love of life, her
boundless energy, supreme love of family, and pride in her
Vilma is survived by her three sons, Russell, Douglas, and
Roger, her daughter-in-laws, Erica and Amanda, and her
grandchildren Emma (Paul), Isabelle, Jasper, and Sawyer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of
Rockland in her name — hospiceofrockland.org.
34 N. Summit St.
Pearl River, NY 10965
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