NEWTON FALLS – 96-year-old Maria Francesca Ricciardi, affectionately known as “Ciccina” to several, passed away peacefully in Antonine Village on Friday, June 25, 2021.
She was born on 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 has spent her entire life in Newton Falls caring for her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, most of whom have known her as “Nonna.”
She was a devoted housewife to her family, as well as a talented seamstress. She loved taking care of her plants and her vegetable garden, feeding herself and many others with the fresh produce from her large garden. In Italian culture, it is often said that food is love. Everyone who has walked through Nonna’s doors has felt her love through her amazing homemade soups, pastas, meats, cookies and desserts.
She was predeceased by her husband, Giuseppe; parents, Antonio and Angela Iacono; and his 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 his 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 in their hearts.
A Christian funeral mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, July 5, 2021 at St. Joseph and St. Mary’s Church in Newton Falls, with Reverend David Merzweiler as celebrant. Visitations will take place at the church one hour before the service.
Maria will be buried next to her husband in the Saint-Joseph cemetery in the canton of Paris.
Donations can be made at Antonine Village, 2675 N. Lipkey Road, North Jackson, OH 44451.
Please visit www.borowskimemorialhome.com to send your condolences to the family.