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Official Obituary of

Phyllis M. (McGee) Ricardi

March 3, 1926 ~ January 15, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old

Phyllis Ricardi Obituary

Phyllis M. Ricardi of Whitefield NH passed away with her family by her side on Monday, January 15 2024 at the Grafton County Nursing Home. She was 97 years old. She was born to Mary and John McGee on March 3, 1926 at the family home in Twin Mountain, NH. All will remember Phyllis as a kind, loving, dependable and beautiful person who provided a strong family bond. Throughout her life she attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church that her grandfather helped build in 1915 where she was baptized and married. The second oldest of ten children, Phyllis attended Elementary and High School at the Twin Mountain School that consisted of only four classrooms. The small size provided a close community whose students became lifelong friends. She also
attended Plymouth Teachers College and graduated with a certificate in business. She married her school sweetheart Charles (Charlie) Ricardi on September 24, 1948. She and Charlie built their home in Twin Mountain in 1965 and raised their two children. Phyllis spent her last 10 years in McIntyre Apartments in Whitefield making many close friends. “The Mayor”, as she was called, started the 3 PM gatherings each day where they shared their stories and had many laughs. Phyllis loved living there. After graduation from Plymouth, she worked at the Rosebrook Inn and Ricardi’s Spaghetti House. She was also the Hotel manager’s secretary at the Twin Mountain House, Maplewood Hotel in Bethlehem and The Breakers in Miami Fl. She managed the cafeteria at the Bretton Woods Ski Area and the Flower Shop at the Mount Washington Hotel. She and Charlie owned and operated the Twin Mountain Souvenir Store and Repete’s Drive-In Restaurant from 1962-1972. Her granddaughters described her as making the simple things in life fun. Some of their favorite memories were of her blueberry picking while dodging snakes and bears and then making muffins, her love of the Red Sox and Celtics, and watching game shows. Also, her unconditional love for her family is what stands out the most. The love she had for Charlie was like no other. We have never seen anyone love someone else so fiercely. Her face always lit up when talking about him and the life they built together until the very end. Florida will always remind them of her, going to the dog tracks, flea markets and eating lots of seafood.

Phyllis is survived by her siblings Pauline Boynton (Herb), Katherine Mountain (Fran), Thomas McGee (Charlene) and Theresa Jellison (Chuck) and sister-in-law Roberta McGee. Children Peter Ricardi (Valerie) of Keene NH, Rena Vecchio (Bill) of Twin Mountain, NH. Granddaughters Jennifer Ricardi (Joe) of Keene, NH, Chelsea Smith (Jason) of Wilmot, NH, Caitlin Vecchio Taylor (Jonathan) of New London, NH, Emily Ricardi (John) of Dover, NH and Kristy Rose (Alex) of Swanzey, NH. Along with great grandchildren Braydon, Brock, Lexi, Scarlett, Louie and Rory. Predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Charlie Ricardi in 2005 and her siblings Irene, Stella, John, Herbert and Janet.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at St. Patrick’s Church in Twin Mountain at 11AM, with Father Britto officiating. A graveside service will take place at the St. Margaret's Cemetery. A reception will be held immediately afterwards at the Town of Carroll Community room.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to her favorite charity St. Jude’s or to a charity of your choice. https://www.stjude.org/donate/

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Services

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday
June 1, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church (Twin Mountain, Straw Cemetery)
65 St. Patricks Lane
Twin Mountain, NH 03595
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Graveside Service
Saturday
June 1, 2024

12:15 PM
St. Margaret Cemetery
100 St. Margaret St.
Twin Mountain, NH 03595
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