Emily Ricca, 90, of Hazlet, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, February 9, 2020. She was born Emily Vazquez on March 14, 1929 in Manhattan, New York, where she grew up and met her beloved husband, Thomas. On April 23, 1949, Emily and Thomas were married and began their life and family together in Manhattan. In 1958, they settled in Hazlet, New Jersey. While living in Hazlet, Emily was a devout communicant of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Union Beach, as well as a volunteer for their St. Vincent DePaul Society; an organization she was very passionate about. She was also very active in the Hazlet Senior Community and enjoyed her lifetime membership at the Hazlet Pool Club. Most of all, Emily was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend.
She was predeceased by her parents and her beloved husband, Thomas Ricca. Emily is survived by her six loving children, Eddie Ricca and his wife, Maria, of Las Vegas, Nevada, Joseph Ricca and his wife, Carrie, of Hazlet, Rosary Ricca Pallante and her husband, Luke, of Margate, Guy Ricca and his wife, Carol, of Galloway, Gloria Ricca and her husband, Kevin, of Chicago, Illinois, and Chris Ricca and his wife, Sue, of Hazlet. Emily is also survived by 12 cherished grandchildren and 12 adored great grandchildren. She will be deeply missed and never forgotten.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and Thursday morning, February 13, 2020 from 8:45 to 9:30 AM at the Shore Point Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 3269 State Highway/Route 35 North, Hazlet, New Jersey 07730. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday morning, February 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 727 Highway 36, Union Beach, New Jersey 07735. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, 360 Broadway, Keyport, New Jersey 07735. In lieu of flowers, donations in loving memory of Emily to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org, or The St. Vincent DePaul Society at Holy Family Church in Union Beach would be greatly appreciated. For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit, www.shorepointfh.com.
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