Ilse Monica Riddick

7 mai 195422 avril 2021

Ilse Monica Riddick, 66, of Fairfax, VA passed away on April 22nd, 2021 surrounded by family after bravely battling cancer. Ilse was born on May 7th, 1954 in Loeffingen, Germany and immigrated to the US in 1964 with her family. She was educated in Heidelberg High School, Germany and a graduate of Fairfax High School and in 1972 Ilse graduated from George Mason University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in science.

In 1975 Ilse married James L. Riddick in Fairfax, VA. After building her family she went on to work for George Mason University in the Human Resource Department working her way up to Assistant Director of Compensation. In 2013 Ilse accepted a job with the Fairfax County Government Central Human Resources as a Workforce and Compensation Analyst. In 2017 she moved over to Land Development Services as the Human Resources Manager. Ilse loved her job, the employees she interacted with, and the results her hard work achieved. She was highly perceptive, incredibly intelligent and well educated on many subjects.

In her free time Ilse enjoyed many hobbies. She was an avid reader, gardener, and angler. Ilse was a self-taught jeweler and painter. Her handmade jewelry became a Christmas tradition treasured by all. Ilse was a very skilled Bridge, Pinochle and Hearts player. However, no matter how many hobbies Ilse had, the amount of joy her family brought her, was no comparison. Ilse was very proud of the fact that she got to witness all her grandchildren come into this world.

Ilse will be greatly missed by her husband James L. Riddick, 4 children, Monica Stover, James C., Michael J. and Erica Riddick, six grandchildren, Matthew Bryce and Dana Marie Stover, Kaitlyn Brooks, Alexis Bennett, Roy and Dakota Riddick, her mother, Anna Keefe, her brothers Edward and Michael Keefe and her sister Mary Helme.

Graveside services for Ilse will be on May 15th, 2021 at 1:00pm in Fairfax City Cemetery. After the services, a reception will be held at Michael & Connie Keefe’s home in Fairfax, VA. Due to COVID concerns the reception will have outdoor options on the deck and backyard. In lieu of flowers we ask that you please donate to Fancy Cats Rescue where Ilse’s two dearly beloved cats, Mooney & Marcy were adopted from.

FAIRFAX CEMETARY: 10567 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030

MIKE & CONNIE KEEFE’S HOME: 10807 Norman Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22030

FANCY CATS RESCUE DONATION PAGE: https://fancycats.salsalabs.org/donate/index.html


  • Graveside Service

    samedi, 15 mai , 2021


Ilse Monica Riddick


Alvin Baptista

7 mai , 2021

Dear Riddick family,
I want to offer my condolences for Ilse’s passing. Ilse and I worked together for three years, and I was really looking forward to working with her again; it is so unfortunate that she is no longer with us. I will miss her dearly as she was a great mentor, leader, and friend. Ilse was a very kind and gentle person who always was available for me and provided great advice. Words can’t express how saddened I am. I will cherish our memories forever. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Donna Chittum

7 mai , 2021

Sending my most heartfelt condolences to Ilse's family. She was such a great lady. Ilse was my boss back in 2005/2006 at George Mason. Wow, she really was super-smart and I learned a lot from our time together. We had kept in touch over the years and ended up working for Fairfax County, where we were in different departments but still connected. Mostly I'll always remember her for her many kindnesses, her infectious smile and great laugh. She is surely gone too soon and will be greatly missed. Until we meet again my friend, may you rest in peace.

Mary Mulrenan

6 mai , 2021

I feel fortunate that I was able to work with Ilse over this last year. I joined LDS in March 2020 just days after the Herrity Building closed. So Ilse and I worked together virtually during the pandemic. (I am the public information officer at LDS.) Even though everything during that time was urgent, and Ilse's position was in the center of a lot of constantly changing HR policies, she was also a positive and cheerful colleague which helped to make me feel calmer during the crises. She is greatly missed. My condolences to her family and friends. Many thanks for the lovely obituary that allowed me to learn even more about Ilse. (Attached is a photo from an employee of the month presentation.)

Ellie Codding

5 mai , 2021

In the four years we worked together, Ilse always greeted me with a smile, which is especially remarkable because she helped me with the toughest personnel issues. Alexis, Katie, Matthew, Dana Marie, Roy, and Dakota, Ilse talked about you all a lot and the joy you brought her. I remember best her stories about the adventures you all had together like hoverboarding (or skateboarding?) in the house, Christmas cookies, and the kittens breaking crystal vases in the night. Ilse brought her positive energy and good will wherever she went. I will miss that and wish you the deepest sympathies.

Danielle Badra

29 avril , 2021

While I didn't get to know Ilse very well as we rarely worked together, I know of her kindness. Last year my father spent 6 months dying and I had to make multiple trips back and forth from Virginia to Michigan to care for him. Ilse helped me navigate the FMLA leave process with ease and comfort. She helped make those terrible trips more bearable with a peace of mind about my work life. I will always be grateful to her for that.

Susan Kehoe-Sutphin

28 avril , 2021

I had the privilege to work with Ilse when I was at George Mason - she was a wonderful person. I hope all the good memories her family have will bring them comfort.

Shira Goodfellow

28 avril , 2021

I was so sorry to hear today of the passing of Ilse. I have known her since 1998, when we became colleagues at George Mason University. We remained friends after she left there to go to the County, and was responsible for me joining the County as well.

My her memory be a blessing to her family and friends. I will miss you Ilse, both as a friend and colleague.

Linda Stetzer

28 avril , 2021

I did not know Ilse but for a short time as we worked for different agencies, we both worked in the Herrity Bldg. Ilse was a wonderful lady whose smile would always brighten your day. We shared many talks and stories, especially about our children and grandchildren whom she adored. Through all of our talks, she inspired me to be the best that I could be. I am grateful and blessed to have gotten to know such a sweet and loving lady. She will truly be missed!

Brian Foley

28 avril , 2021

To the Riddick family...

My heart breaks for your loss, and I know there is nothing I can say to ease your pain. I too recently lost a loved one, and the one thing someone said to me that was comforting is that my grief is a reflection of the love we shared.

I worked with Ilse at the county. She was always supportive and thought of unique ways to get the job done. I respected her gumption, and I will always remember her for it.

I know these days people extend thoughts and prayers, and it sometimes feels like a shallow cordiality. However, do know that Ilse has been in my thoughts, and I have wished her a safe journey to the other side.

I am unable to make her funeral as I have moved out of state. If I was still in Virginia, I would be there to wish you these condolences in person.

All my best,

Brian Foley

Jennifer Josiah

28 avril , 2021

I worked with Ilse on the LDS Equity Team over this past year. Ilse was committed to ensuring that LDS provides an environment in which everyone succeeds and feels welcome. She was friendly and kind and caring and I never saw her without a smile on her face. She was wonderful to work with and she will be missed.