Geraldine Marie Riccardelli

July 7, 1929November 27, 2012

Geraldine Marie (nee Coyle) Riccardelli entered eternal life at her home in Falcon, Colorado on November 27, 2012.

Visitation, followed by a Rosary will be held at the Swan-Law Funeral Director’s, 501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs on Monday, December 3, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church 5354 S. US Hwy 85/87, Security, Colorado at 10: am on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.

“Geri” was born in Lower Shaft, Pennsylvania to Jeremiah F. and Anna M. (McSurdy) Coyle on July 7, 1929.

The Family moved to Elizabeth, NJ where Geraldine attended local schools and later became a licensed beautician. Mrs. Riccardelli also worked as a waitress at several Elizabeth area diners, such as the Bayway, Park Jersey and the Maple Diner.

After marrying Anthony Riccardelli, they moved to the Madison Park section of Parlin, NJ. Mrs. Riccardelli was very active with the PTA in the area, frequently baking and catering school functions.

In 1968 the family moved to Security, Colorado. Mrs. Riccardelli worked as the cook for the Hill Haven Nursing Home for five years. She then became the pantry supervisor/cook for the “Golden Bee Pub” at the Broadmoor. During her twenty plus years there, she introduced several dishes to their menu. Known to some family members as “Mitzi”, she was renowned for her cooking and baking. Her favorite room in the house was the kitchen and she loved to entertain family and friends. She was generous with her love and cared deeply for those less fortunate. Her favorite holiday was Thanksgiving, followed closely by the 4th of July and St. Patrick’s Day!

After her retirement, Mrs. Riccardelli was able to enjoy traveling and spending time with the loves of her life – her grand children and great grand children.

Mrs. Riccardelli is survived by her sons Gary John (Maureen) of Rahway, NJ and Anthony John (Candida) of Falcon, Colorado. Grand children: Michael (Sheri) Riccardelli of Barnegat, NJPaul Madrid and Shawn Madrid of Colorado Springs, COValerie (Jacob) Hause of Falcon, COAnthony John (Jessica) of Falcon, CO Great Grand children: Kyle, Sara, Alexander, Paul, Madison, Mackenzie, Zechariah, Nathanial, Redemption & Nehemiah.

She is predeceased by her husband Anthony, her infant son Carl J., sisters: Thelma, Anna, Mae and brothers: Jeremiah, Eugene, Leo and Ronald.

She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and friends who have loved her for so long and will miss her greatly.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Geraldine’s name to Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Suite 600, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903 or to a charity of their choice.


  • Visitation Monday, December 3, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Geraldine Marie Riccardelli

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted


December 5, 2012

You have my deepest sympathy. May good memories provide solace for your family during this challenging time; and may God provide you with the assurance that you will see your loved one again in Paradise. John 17:3

Rob McHenry

December 4, 2012

Our sincere condolences to the Ricc's for your loss. Geri will always have a special place in our hearts. You couldn't ask for a better friend and next door neighbor for 35 years!
The McHenry's

J Kant

December 4, 2012

I've missed her stories of working at the Bee, the family, and her other life adventures. Geri was an amazing and delightful soul. We miss her terribly and pray for your family's comfort.

Sarah L

December 3, 2012

I am so sorry for your lose. It breaks my heart that such a gentle women has passed. My prayers go out to my dear friends. Valerie, Shawn and AJ.

December 2, 2012

Riccardelli Family,

My sincere condolences to your family for your loss. Mitzi was one of the warmest and nicest person I met. She was one of my favorite cousins and will be missed.
Sonia Yaroma

Alysia Boring

December 2, 2012

Dear Grandma you will be missed very much to the Family love you all i think if you guys all the time