Virginia (Ricottilli) Rydzak

March 6, 1935 ~ August 12, 2019 (age 84)


Virginia Ricottilli Rydzak, 84, of Washington passed away peacefully on Monday, August 12, 2019, in her home.

She was born March 6, 1935, in Belington, WV, the daughter of the late Panfilo and Giovanna Centofanti Ricottilli.

She was a member of St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church in Washington and a former member of Immaculate Conception Church, where she was a member of the Christian Mothers and the Catholic Daughters. She was also a member of The Quilters Group.

Mrs. Rydzak enjoyed volunteering for fish fries at Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church.

She enjoyed gardening, was the matriarch of her immediate family, and was the one to bring everyone together. She loved to cook for her family and friends.  She was also a very talented seamstress and quilter, and her beautiful creations, along with her amazing crochet pieces, grace the homes of many family members and friends.

Her Nursing career included working at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Parkersburg, Wheeling Hospital, Washington Hospital and Western Center in Canonsburg.

On October 7, 1972, in Immaculate Conception Church, she married Edward S. “Herk” Rydzak who survives.

Also surviving is a son, Jeffrey Rydzak of Eighty-Four, a sister, Amelia Derico of Buckhannon, WV, two brothers, Patsy Ricottilli of Belington, WV and Carlo Ricottilli of Montrose, WV, and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Fiorina Ricottilli, Lucy Ricottilli Palmisano and Adeline Ricottilli Regester, and seven brothers, Laboria, Albert, Armand, Joseph, Dominick, Fiori, and Tony Ricottilli.

Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2019, in Dale D. DeAngelo Funeral Home at 1290 Jefferson Avenue in Washington.  The Catholic Daughters will pray the rosary at 6:00 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019, in St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church in Washington.  Interment will follow in St. Vincent’s Cemetery in Kingsville, WV, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.  Donations may be made to JFK School, Immaculate Conception Church or to a charity of one’s choice. 

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August 16, 2019

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dale D. DeAngelo Funeral Home
1290 Jefferson Ave.
Washington, PA 15301

Departing Prayers
August 17, 2019

9:00 AM
Dale D. DeAngelo Funeral Home
1290 Jefferson Ave.
Washington, PA 15301

Mass of Christian Burial
August 17, 2019

9:30 AM
St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church
320 Henderson Ave.
Washington, PA 15301

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