JoAnne Ricardi, 91, formerly of Westborough

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JoAnne RicardiFlagler, FL – JoAnne (Stone) Ricardi, 91, formerly of Westborough MA and Lancaster NH, passed away Tuesday March 5, 2024, at her home in Flagler Beach, FL.

Beloved wife, mom and nana, she is survived by her beloved husband in 72 years of marriage Richard Ricardi; their four children, daughters Debra Trainor (John), Cynthia Tefft, and sons Christian Ricardi (Julie), Richard A Ricardi (Tara); 11 grandchildren and families Mylinda, Erika and Brendan Tefft, Aaron, Sandra and Jesse Ricardi, Forrest and Adelle Trainor, Caleb, Ethan and Nathaniel Ricardi, 3 great-grandchildren; and loving neighbors and friends.

Born August 12, 1932, JoAnne grew up in Lancaster NH, daughter of Reynald C. and Bessie M. (Reed) Stone. She was predeceased by brothers Robert and Theodore Roby, and recently by cousins Rey John Stone and Doris (Stone) Bergeron. Cousin Carol (Stone) Bailey and husband Ronald survive her.

JoAnne was a 1950 graduate of Lancaster Academy. She was a four-year varsity basketball player. She later traveled winters to Florida to work at The Breakers and Hollywood Beach hotels. During this, she and Dick entered holy matrimony March 12, 1952 at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Palm Beach FL presided by Fr. O’Maney, with bridesmaid Virginia Wright and best man Joseph Monahan.

JoAnne and Dick moved to Westborough, MA in 1955, raising their family. JoAnne worked at local businesses and volunteered, including at the Westborough YWCA thrift store, and taught CCD at St. Luke parish where she confirmed her children. She was a dentist office manager for Drs. Joseph Poras and Myles Hirsch, both dear friends. In 1998, she and Dick moved to Flagler Beach, where she became active in town environmental preservation efforts.

Most important to JoAnne was being a wife and mom for her husband and children. She treasured special times with her children and spouses, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She enjoyed times at their cottage in Westport MA, and rides with Dick on their Harley-Davidson motorcycle. She was an adamant sports fan who enjoyed cheering on New England and Florida sports teams.

Her faith in God guided each step of her life. She always wore her cross, particularly her favorite silver and turquoise. Words cannot describe what she has meant to her loved ones. Her memory will live on among family and friends who love and miss her.

Memorial services were held in FL immediately after her passing. Services in MA to follow.

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