Sarah Ann "Sadie" Ricca

January 14, 1948December 26, 2018

Sarah Ann “Sadie” Ricca - Born January 14, 1948, St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, Texas. Died December 26, 2018, Houston, Texas, from colon cancer. Attended St. Anne’s Catholic School, Lanier Junior High, graduated San Jacinto High School in 1967. Retired from St. Joseph Hospital in Houston on December 1, 2018 after 51 years of service. Preceded in death by father, Joe Ricca, mother, Ann Marie Bono Ricca, sister, Frances Ricca Caskey, and beloved uncle/Godfather, Bennie Ricca. Survived by sisters, Palma (Pam) Ricca DeGeorge and Rosemary Ricca. Sarah was a longtime member of Dachshund rescue. In lieu of flowers please donate in Sarah’s memory to the following organizations: Dachshund Rescue of Houston, All Texan Dachshund Rescue, and Dachshund Rescue, Education and Adoption Mission. Services will be held at Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home; visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. with memory sharing at 7 p.m. and funeral services officiated by Father Hung Tran Thursday, January 3, 2018 at 10 a.m. Per Sarah’s wish, there will be no graveside services.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 3, 2019


Sarah Ann "Sadie" Ricca

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Pamela Shaw

January 2, 2019

Sarah and I worked together for 8 years. She was the sweetest most loving person I knew. She helped me through some trying times. She loved her puppies and I know she is in her happy place at the rainbow bridge.
RIP Sarah. You will be greatly missed.

Brinda Maxwell

January 2, 2019

Sarah and I became friends years ago through dachshund rescue. I knew her to be a kind person with a great capacity to love and accept. Sarah's love came without boundaries or conditions. Those of us who were blessed to be her friend saw her compassion for all animals and her devotion to her beloved dachshunds. Sarah's friends were part of her extended family and she would always greet us with hugs and kisses. She will be greatly missed.

Autumn Beckman

January 1, 2019

Paul and I only met Sarah once - it was last year at Sam Pruett's dachshund party - but she sure left an impression on us. We talked for a few hours about dogs, looked through photo books, and she cuddled with our Baron. Later we enjoyed her daily dose of dachshund humor on Facebook. We are sorry to hear of her passing. She will be missed.
-Autumn Beckman and Paul Guillet

Ann Adamus

December 29, 2018

Sarah was only known to me through our pet blogging ... but I came to know her as an amazing,
strong and beautiful woman. She truly lived a full life, and gave much to many ... especially her
love of her little "dachsies". Rest well in God's loving arms ...
To her family and close friends, my sincere sympathy for your loss.

Becky Adcock

December 28, 2018

I’ll always remember working the Houston dog show with Sara. She loved the dogs & enjoyed talking to everyone.
She was particularly good at reeling in customers and donations at the dachshund kissing booth. Without missing a beat, she once responded to a man who said he’d just brushed his teeth, “oh the dog won’t mind!”
She could raise money and do it with a sense of humor.

Above all, Sara was always kind. Rest In Peace.

Pam Jernigan

December 28, 2018

I couldn’t tell if my memory posted, so I write a second one . I loved our brunch meet up‘s. Sarah was always such fun to be around. I so admired the way she faced her death. You will be missed my sweet friend. RIP