Evo “Papa” Ricci, 94, entered into eternal life on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 30, 1919 in Shickshinny, Pennsylvania, and moved to Lorain, in 1946.
Evo worked as a mill wright with U.S. Steel from 1946 until time of retirement in 1982. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 during WWII. He served as a Tec Sgt with Headquarters Co. in the 111th Infantry attached to the 7th Army division. Evo served in Asiatic Pacific and was honorably discharged in 1945, receiving the WWII Victory Ribbon.
He married his lifelong sweetheart, Antoinette (nee Romeo) in 1950. They celebrated their 64th anniversary on February 11, 2014. Through the years, Evo enjoyed writing songs for his beloved wife. He was an avid reader and enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing the harmonica, gardening and especially spending time with his loving family. He was a member of St. Peter’s Church in Lorain and a former member of VFW Post 451.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Antoinette Ricci; son, Ron (Diane) Ricci of Elyria; daughters, Christina (Frank) Jachym of Lorain, and Diana Redilla of Avon Lake; grandchildren, Kimberly (Zach) Boesken, Gina Redilla, Veronica Jachym and Ryan Redilla; great grandson, Zachary “Zachy” Boesken, Jr.; step grandchildren, Kyle, Brenden, Morgan, Anthony, Lauren and Blake; brothers, Primo and Jerry Ricci; sister, Julia Chartnitski; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Natale and Vittoria (nee Serafini) Ricci; brothers, Cpl. Peter Paul, who was killed in action in Iwo Jima during WWII and Geno Ricci; and sisters, Delfina McLaughlin and Marine Wolff.
The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain (440) 244-1961, Friday, March 28, 2014 from 3 until 8 PM. Closing prayers will be held at 8:50 A.M., at the funeral home, Saturday, March 29, 2014, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M., at St. Peter’s Church, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, with Father Craig M. Hovanec, Pastor, as the Celebrant. Christian Entombment services will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, with military honors by the American Legion Post 30 and VFW Post 451.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter’s Church, 3655 Oberlin Ave, Lorain, OH 44053 or Mercy New Life Hospice Center, 3500 Kolbe Rd., Lorain, OH 44053 or donations may be made to a charity of donor’s choice.