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Ronald J. Ricci, 67, passed away peacefully on July 6 after a long and courageous battle with multiple sclerosis.

Ron was co-owner of Ricci's Cards and Gifts. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1962 and Villanova University in 1966. While at Villanova, he was a member of Delta Pi Epsilon fraternity. He later joined the National Guard and became a platoon sergeant. While living in King of Prussia, Pa., he was an account manager for Lever Brothers in Southeastern, Pa.

Ron enjoyed skiing in the Rockies, fishing in the Bahamas and sailing and snorkeling in the Caribbean. Ron's greatest pleasure was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, who brought him great joy.

He was predeceased by his mother, Della Ricci, who lovingly cared for him for many years. He is survived by his father, Archie Ricci; sister, Janice Hontz of Washington Township; wife, MaryAnn Ricci; daughter, Jill DeRuchie; daughter and husband, Joelle and Charles Nash; daughter and husband, Kari and Edward Stockbridge; grandchildren, Dillon, Brett and Zachary Nash, Anthony and Michael DeRuchie, Kate and Sophia Stockbridge; his other "sister" Jane Pustizzi; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A church visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Isidore The Farmer Church, 1655 Magnolia Road, Vineland.

Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Vineland.

Arrangements are under the supervision of Rone Funeral Service, 1110 East Chestnut Ave., Vineland.

Donations in memory of Ron can be made to Sacred Heart High School Scholarship Fund, 15 N. East Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360.

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Published in The Daily Journal on July 8, 2011
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