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Maria F. Ricciardi 1925-2021

NEWTON FALLS — Maria Francesca Ricciardi, 96, lovingly known as “Ciccina” to many, passed away peacefully at Antonine Village on Friday, June 25, 2021.

She was born March 10, 1925, in Lipari, Italy, and raised her young family on the island of Vulcano, Sicily. She and her husband Giuseppe came to the United States with their family on the Andrea Doria in 1955, to give them all a better life. She spent her entire life in Newton Falls caring for her family, grandkids and great-grandkids, most of whom came to know her as “Nonna.”

She was a devoted homemaker to her family, as well as a talented seamstress. She loved tending to her plants and vegetable garden, feeding herself and many others with the fresh produce her large garden cultivated. In the Italian culture, it is often said that food is love. All who came through Nonna’s doors felt her love through her amazing home-cooked soups, pastas, meats, cookies and desserts.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Giuseppe; parents, Antonio and Angela Iacono; and her brother, Domenico.

She is survived by her children, Sam (Carol) Ricciardi, Tone (Cassie) Ricciardi and Enza (Jeff) Forstyk; her seven grandchildren, Charles (Charity), Anthony (Jenn), Louis, Anna Marie (Sean), Giuseppe (Haily), Carmen and Marisa; and her nine great-grandchildren, Mariah, Dominic, Camden, Mason, Giovanni, Lorenzo, Angelo, Dean and Vincent. She will be missed by many other extended family members who held her close to their hearts.

A Mass of Christian burial is set for 11 a.m. Monday, July 5, 2021, at St. Joseph and St. Mary Church in Newton Falls, with the Rev. David Merzweiler as celebrant. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.

Maria will be laid to rest next to her husband in St. Joseph Cemetery in Paris Township.

Donations can be made to Antonine Village, 2675 N. Lipkey Road, North Jackson, OH 44451.

Please visit www.borowskimemorialhome.com to send condolences to the family.

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