Helen Madeline (Worrell) Ricci passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, October 18, 2010 at Worthington at Adams in Mars, PA at the age of 86. Helen was a lifetime resident of Ellwood City until her admission to Worthington at Adams in February. Helen was born on March 18, 1924 to the late Carl D. and Mary L. Michaels Worrell. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Church and a former member of Christian Mothers. Helen worked for many years as a secretary at US Steel Corporation Tubular Products Division in Ellwood City and also as a librarian and secretary at the former P. B.V.M. Catholic School. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and also enjoyed reading, crocheting and working jigsaw puzzles. Helen is survived by her five children: H. Lenore Hogue of Niles, OH, Joan C. (William) Carver of Cranberry Twp., Samuel N. (Jeanne) Ricci, Jr. of Ellwood City, Marisa L. Biddle of New Castle and Janine A. (Timothy) House of Ellwood City. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, Laura (Carver) Slagle, Ronald and Robert Hogue, Kyrstyn House, Taylor and David Biddle, step-grandson Jonathan Riley; and her great grandchildren, Gabrielle, Samuel and Timothy Hogue, Nicholas, Elizabeth and Jonathan P. Riley, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Samuel N. Ricci, Sr. on September 19, 2001 and 4 sisters: Thelma Chappell, LaRue Vogt, Ruth Balmer and Mary Rauch. Friends will be received on Tuesday, October 19th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 20th at 10:00 AM at Holy Redeemer Church with Fr. Mark L. Thomas, celebrant. Entombment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Helen's name to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 or to the donor's favorite charity.
My sincerest sympathy to the Ricci son and daughters and their families. Helen was a 'big sister' to me all my growing up years. As an adult, we remained close. I will miss her so very much.
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