Merle K. Ricci

By Orleans Hub Posted 25 March 2019 at 10:46 am

Merle Ricci

Merle “Mike” Kubica Ricci, 83, of Carlton, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2019 at Medina Memorial Hospital. She was born to Alfred and Grace Fay Kubica on July 8, 1935 in Rochester, N.Y.

Academically, Mike earned a master’s degree and taught at various levels of education over the years. Additionally, she owned and operated several family businesses. She is perhaps best known for Ricci Meadows Golf Club.

Mike was an experienced seamstress. In her younger years, she sewed wedding gowns and, in retirement, she made several machine-embroidered quilts. Mike had numerous and diverse hobbies. She was a world traveler, an avid reader, and one who enjoyed playing poker. At the age of 63, she received her charter captain’s license. She was most easily described as a cross between Auntie Mame and Scarlett O’Hara.

Mike is survived by her daughter, Hollis (Gordon) Canham; her son, Charles (Sarah) Ricci; and a “bonus” daughter, Cathie Barry; three grandchildren, Andrew Canham, Peter Ricci II and Mikken Canham; three great-grandchildren, Charles Dan Ricci II, Danielle Ricci and Loryn Canham; several nieces and nephews.

Mike was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, Peter Ricci; sisters, Audrey Roosa and Fay Roberta Ciarico; and a brother, Paul Kubica.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Thu., March 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. Immediately following visitation, a wake will be held at Albion Elks Lodge #1006, 428 W. State St., Albion.

Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

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