Rachel (D’Amato) Riccio, 98, of Guilford, formerly of East Haven, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, surrounded by her family April 5. She was born Feb. 28, 1924, in New Haven to Nicholas and Madeline (Manzi) D’Amato. Rachel is survived by her two devoted children, Kimberly Montana (Frank) of Guilford and Clyde Riccio of East Haven, along with two grandchildren she adored, Darci Fischer and Jason Fischer (Kristin). Rachel is also survived by three great-grandchildren; a niece, Darnell Stonick (James) of Branford; sister-in-law Rosemary (Onofrio) D’Amato; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Salvatore “Ric” Riccio, and siblings Mamie (D’Amato) Romano, Rose (D’Amato) Durso, Anthony D’Amato, Alfred D’Amato, and Paul D’Amato.
Rachel worked for many years at Edward Malley Company and Bank of America before her retirement. She loved to cook and was always making new recipes with her “added touch.” She spent many fun years at the Indian Neck Yacht Club with her husband and family. Rachel was dedicated to her family, always making sure everyone was okay and never needed anything. She is the end of a legacy and will be missed by all.
Her funeral procession left the Clancy-Palumbo Funeral Home, East Haven, on April 8 for a Mass of Christian burial in St. Michael Catholic Church, New Haven, with committal following at St. Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven.