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Florence Ann Ricciardi


Florence Ricciardi, age 91 of Wayne passed away peacefully on Friday September 15th, 2017 while receiving the loving care of her family.

Florence was born and raised in Jersey City. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Jersey City with the class of 1944. Shortly after she graduated high school she met a young man by the name of Angelo Ricciardi. They dated for a couple of years and as fate would have it they fell in love and were married on August 25th 1948. They were married at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in Jersey City and honeymooned at Culver's Lake in Frankford Township, NJ.

Almost immediately after being married, Florence took on the daunting but very rewarding job of a homemaker. She dedicated her life to taking care of her husband and raising their four children.

First Florence and Angelo lived in Jersey City with Florence's mother in a two-family house. This is where their first two children Robert and Richard were born. Then in 1956 they moved to New Milford where the next two children Judy and Ray were born. They stayed in New Milford for some time and then moved to Hackensack for a short period and eventually moved to Wayne eighteen years ago.

Florence was an extremely strong person who always fought and overcame adversity. At the early age of forty-six, Florence suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. She spent the rest of her life fighting and overcoming the disabilities and complications related to this event. This led her to become a member of the post-stroke club for several years in Hackensack.

Florence was also dedicated to her Catholic faith. She was a Eucharistic minister in the Ascension Church in New Milford during the time she was living there. And later a parishioner of Our Lady of the Valley Roman Catholic Church in Wayne.

Florence loved to cook and always had her house sparkling clean for dinner with her family every night.
Aside from any and all interests and talents that Florence had, her greatest love was for her family. Florence was a loving wife and cherished nearly sixty years of marriage to her husband Angelo until his passing in 2007. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Florence was an extraordinarily strong person and generous to a fault. She touched the lives of countless people and will be sincerely missed by everyone who knew her.

Florence is survived by her three sons; Robert and his wife Deborah of Wayne, Richard of Ortley Beach, and Raymond of NYC, NY, one daughter; Judith O'Connor and her husband Gregory of Wyckoff, six grandchildren; Paul Ricciardi, Gina Aiello, Lisa Priestner, Tara Agelis, Sean O'Connor, and Melanie O'Connor, and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Angelo Ricciardi in 2007.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8PM on Wednesday September 20, 2017 at the VanderMay Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567, Ratzer Rd, Wayne, NJ.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday September 21, 2017 at 9AM from the funeral home, then to Our Lady of the Valley RC Church, 630 Valley Rd, Wayne where at 10AM a funeral mass will be celebrated.  Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Rd, North Arlington, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Florence’s name to: Foundation for the Handicapped, Inc., 30 Woodridge Terrace, Wayne, NJ 07470.

Guest Book


Please accept our deepest sympathies. We will always remember Florence's loving and caring nature. She had a smile that would brighten anyone's day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

The Novakov Family


So sorry for your loos. May she Rest in Paece, love The Laskowski Family

Ellie Laskowski


To the entire Ricciardi Family, Thinking of you all and sending you my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss.

JoAnne Agelis


Bob & I send our sincere sympathy to all the Ricciardi Family. What a beautiful smile your mom had. May she rest in Peace. Sincerely, Claire and Bob Minarick

Claire Minarick

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