Lost to the world but welcomed with love by our Lord and Savior. Katherine Elizabeth Riccio passed away unexpectedly at the age of 53 on August 27, 2014. She was so many things to so many people: wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.
As a child her family described her as funny, sensitive and inquisitive. She always wanted to know how the world works and why. Later in life she found those answers in God. In her youth she enjoyed sports and excelled at softball. She was an avid Girl Scout and enjoyed the many camping trips with her troop. Her mother was always there to lend a hand. Kathy mostly enjoyed family vacations. Many summers and winters were spent with her cousins in New England. She spoke with grate fondness of those times throughout her life.
Kathy grew up in a loving family in Rockville, Maryland, graduated from Richard Montgomery high school and received her degree in early childhood development from Montgomery College. Always diligent, she worked full-time throughout her college years and part-time as a fashion model in the local area. After college she relocated to Kentucky and worked to establish the first accredited childcare center in Bergen County. Her love of education was reflected in the faces of those she taught. Her dedication to children and loyalty to her friends would continue throughout her life.
Kathy was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in the mid-1980s and was a lifelong member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Despite her disease she always helped those in need. Family and friends described her sense of humor as quirky and her outlook on life as bright, despite her illness. Kathy found a great joy in giving. Once she became aware of the things that made you happy, she never forgot. Her brother loved her cinnamon pecans and she made them for him every birthday and Christmas. No one could make a care package better than Kathy!
Although a “Yankee”, her kindness, sense of humor and commitment to her adopted community in Kingsland Georgia, soon won over even the most steadfast southern gentleman and lady. Kathy will be remembered and missed by all those whose life she touched. The light that surrounded her will continue to brighten and comfort us. Her smile will never be forgotten. Kathy’s time with us was too short, but we thank the Lord for sharing her with us. Her strength and courage is a great testament to person she was. She would not want us to be sad, but instead, want us to remember her with love and a smile.
Kathy is survived by her husband Michael, daughter Kiri, mother Mary Bradford, brother and sister-in-law Bryan and Kim Bradford, mother-in-law Gabrielle Korang, sister and brother in law Annabella and Larry Vagonis, nieces Candace Bradford, Alexandra Vagonis, nephews Chase Bradford, Christian Vagonis, aunts Sally Robinson and Nancy King. Cousins Steve Robinson, Diane Summers, David King and Katy Goodno. She was predeceased by her father Capt. Robert Bradford.
Her memorial service was held and attended by family and friends on September 1, 2014, at the Southeast Community Church in Kingsland Georgia. The family asks that donations be made to CCFA in lieu of flowers.
Rest in peace, Kathy. We will always love you.
Allison Memorial Chapel of St. Marys was in charge of arrangements.