Winifred Elizabeth Ricci, 94, of Bethalto, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at her home with her loving family by her side.
She was born Nov. 30, 1919, in Big Stone Gap, Va., the daughter of the late Mervin and Edith (Woods) Oetken Sr.
She married Joseph James Ricci on Nov. 30, 1941, in Bethalto. He preceded her in death on Aug. 18, 2008.
She is survived by three sons and their wives, Joe and Pat Ricci, Mark and Kelly Ricci and Jim and Teri Ricci and a daughter, Paula Ricci, all of Bethalto; a son-in-law, Gary Elledge of Florida; a sister-in-law, Emma Stotler of Bethalto; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Susan Ganter and Joan Elledge; a son-in-law, Joseph Ganter; a great-grandson; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Mervin and Oma Oetken and Robert and Elaine Oetken; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret Bowman and her husbands, Morris and Max, Virginia Voorhees and her husband, Robert; a sister-in-law, Lydia Ricci; a brother-in-law, Roy Stotler and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dena and John Meldi.
Elizabeth wished no visitation. Graveside services will be private with the family at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.