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Henry "Hank" Riccio, age 90 of Stratford, entered into eternal rest peacefully on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Cambridge Manor in Fairfield. Born in Bridgeport on July 23, 1922, he was the son of the late Leonard and Julia Riccio, and was the youngest brother of six children. Hank led a distinguished and notable career in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a retired veteran of three foreign wars; World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was always a U. S. Marine because it was the "best", he is a true American hero. In retirement, Hank was equally active in his woodworking hobby and volunteering at Baldwin Senior Center. His other hobbies included gourmet cooking, attending family gatherings and spending time with his nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews. Hank directed that his body be donated to Yale Medical School for the advancement of medical studies and science. Survivors include his son, Leo VanderSchuur, his sister, Florence Galaty, nephews and nieces, Danielle Rolandelli, Mary Anne Palmeri, Peter Vetri, Thomas Alaimo, Leonard Alaimo, Bernadette Voytek, John Galaty, Eleanor (Bunny) Slavin, Daniel (Buzz) Veronesi and Angel DiMartino. Hank also leaves a host of relatives and two special friends, Donna Belinkie and Mary Hall. He was predeceased by his siblings, Daniel Riccio, Josephine Riccio, Carmella Alaimo and Eleanor Veronesi. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations may be made to the Marine Corps League, Marines Helping Marines, 512 Thorton Court, Myrtle Beach S.C. 29579, in memory of Hank. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 11:30 AM in St. Margaret's Shrine, 2539 Park Ave., Bridgeport. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements entrusted to the Parente-Lauro Funeral Home, 559 Washington Ave., Bridgeport. To sign an online guest book or to send private condolences please visit, www.parentelauro.com
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Published in Connecticut Post on Apr. 4, 2013