Class of ’57 to dedicate plaque to Ruth E. Riccio on Aug. 4

Obit - Ruth Riccio

In memory of their former classmate Ruth E. Riccio, members of the Southington High School Class of 1957 have donated a plaque in her honor that has been installed on the front of the Riccio Building on the corner of North Main Street and Riccio Way.

A dedication ceremony will take place at the site of the plaque on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m.  Friends and family are invited to attend.

The Class of 1957, which comprised about 150 students, has always been a close class, according to Anthony “Tosh” Tarfano, who spearheaded the idea of memorializing Riccio in some way after her passing in March this year.

“Ruth was very instrumental in doing a lot of things for our class during our high school years and for our reunions,” Tarfano said in a press release. “We were all very close because most of us were neighbors and grew up together.”

Riccio, who moved to Southington when she was 9 years old and later became an elementary school teacher, helped coordinate many class reunions including her classes’ 50th in 2007, a task that was appreciated by her former classmates.

“As part of the graduating class of 1957, I so appreciate the time she gave our reunions and the information she kept on everyone in the class by putting it all on paper so we could all enjoy,” Priscilla Bouchard Dunn said in the release.

Obit - Riccio PlaqueAccording to former classmate Joan Theriault, “Ruthy” as she was affectionately known, was a dedicated wife, mother, friend, and chairperson for many charities and foundations.

“We all know how busy Ruthy was, but she always found time to spend with her old school friends,” Theriault said in the release.  “At our last (reunion) meeting, it was like a part of us was missing.”

Riccio was the wife of the late Ralph J. Riccio, with whom she had five children and nine grandchildren. The building that the plaque was installed on was built by Ralph Riccio and his twin brother, Vito, according to her son, Michael Riccio. The brothers were the proud owners and operators of Riccio’s Clothing Store in Southington for 38 years until their retirement in 1988. Ruth Riccio was also active in the family store.

As one of the founding families of the Church of St. Dominic, Ruth spent many years devoted to the growth of her parish. She also volunteered at Bread for Life, the Southington Historical Society, and the Southington Public Library, where she recently served as a member of the Library Board. She was also a member of the Bradley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board and was active in numerous other charitable community organizations.

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