Elizabeth M. Riccardi

Died: May 22, 2020
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Richard and Margaret Prokay
June Deitke
Robert Riccardi, Loving and Devoted Son
Christine Prokay
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Elizabeth M. Riccardi (Née: Prokay), of Brook Park, Ohio, died May 22, at Marymount Hospital in Garfield Heights. She was born May 12, 1933, in Punxsutawney, PA, to Emery Prokay, Sr., and Mary Uvueges Prokay. Mrs. Riccardi, Liz, was a member of Mary Queen of the Apostles Church. During her life she was an active member of her faith community as well as the Parent Teacher Association. She was employed for many years at American Greetings Corp. and Sears. Liz is preceded in death by Paul, her beloved husband whom she was devoted to for 38 loving years, mother, grandmother and friend. She was the 11th child of thirteen and survived all of her siblings. Liz is also survived by four children, Frank; Vera and husband Aaron; Robert and wife Karen; Cynthia and husband John; 7 grandchildren- Amelia, Kathleen, Benjamin, Michael, Jackson, Nathan and Gia. Family and friends will be received at Humenik Funeral Chapel on May 29 from 6-8 PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated May 30 at 11 AM at Mary Queen of the Apostles Church, Brook Park, with Fr. Jim  Stenger officiating. Interment will be made at Holy Cross Cemetery. Due to the unprecedented times, we request that face masks and social distancing be practiced during all of these proceedings. For those who wish, the family suggests Memorials to Mary Queen of the Apostles Church in Liz’s name.

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, May 29, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Humenik Funeral Chapel


14200 Snow Road
Brook Park, OH 44142

Service Information

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2020

Time: 11:00 am

Mary Queen of the Apostles Church


6455 Engle Road
Brook Park, OH 44142

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Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2020

Holy Cross Cemetery


14609 Brookpark Road
Brook Park, OH 44142

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January 12, 2019
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Died: May 22, 2020

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Blaine Deabenderfer posted on 5/31/20

Frank.Vera, Bob,and Cindy Our sincere and deepest condolences go out to you upon the loss of your mom, our Aunt Liz. Though the last years miles have kept our families apart my childhood memories of family gatherings at Grandpa and Grandma Prokay's house are still a cherished memory. Aunt Liz with the other Prokay sisters worked in the kitchen to prepare a feast. Aunt Liz now is reunited with hers sisters in God's presence. Sorry for the loss of your mom. Blaine ,Frances and Blainey Deabenderfer


Sandy DiPietro posted on 5/30/20

My sincere sympathy to all the family. I have known Liz for at least 30 or more years from working with her at Sears. She was a good friend and co worker. The last i talked to her was towards the end of last year. Planned on going to lunch with our group and we had a lot of cancellations . I believe the weather was bad. Ended up to be just myself and Liz. So we decided not to go. I wish we did go now. I will definitely miss her. She was a very good friend to me. Take care all of you.. Stay strong and God Bless. My prayers and sympathy to all. Sincerely, Sandy Di Pietro


Richard and Margaret Prokay posted on 5/30/20

Our deepest condolences to all of Aunt Liz's family and friends. Sadly, time passes swiftly and we find ourselves aging as a family. We have not attended the family reunion in Pennsylvania for a few years, but enjoyed those we were fortunate to attend. God does not cause sad things to happen, but his promise is to stand beside us when they do. May you find comfort in your memories and feel love from the prayers of family and friends.


Matt Yates posted on 5/29/20

Vera and Family, So sorry for your loss. Praying that God provides you comfort.


June Deitke posted on 5/29/20

Cindy, my sincere condolence to you and your family. I have many fond memories of your Mom. We enjoyed our water aerobics class and our Sears Luncheons. She had a great sense of humor and a wonderful laugh. I will miss her very much. May she rest in God’’s loving care.


Robert Riccardi, Loving and Devoted Son posted on 5/29/20

My Mom left us with all kinds of beauty for us to remember her by. Please keep her in your heart by remembering how she was when you were with her. How you smiled together, shared your life stories together and held each other in your hearts. Being with Mom you were and for evermore family. She is at peace and has the glory of everlasting joy provided by her belief in God as a devout catholic Amen


The Ciprianos posted on 5/29/20

Our thoughts are with you at this time. Ms. Liz was truly a pleasure to know.


Christine Prokay posted on 5/29/20

You will be missed Aunt Liz, the family reunions will not be the same without you. You were a wonderful person.


Helen Hansen posted on 5/29/20

With deepest sympathy. Aunt Liz was a wonderful woman. She will be missed. Memories comfort me now and may they comfort your family at this sad time. Thinking of you. Helen and Rick


Jay Ugrin posted on 5/28/20

Vera and family, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family.


Charles Bontempo posted on 5/28/20

I am so sorry. I am fortunate that my mother and I got to see her at the picnic in the summer. Praying for peace and strength for the Riccardi Prokay family. Chuck Bontempo


Mark Prokay posted on 5/27/20

From the 1980’s to present, reunion after reunion Liz was the Ohio rep and influential to all who came to the Prokay gathering year after year with positive enthusiasm, family and lasagna. Some (me too) were let down when getting in line too late and finding the lasagna pan empty upon arrival.... RATS!!!!! The brave woman gave up a plush hotel in exchange for staying on site Saturday night in the big room of the rental hall on a bed cot with Uncle Skip and various other family members nearby. Aunt Liz I will greatly miss the future gatherings without your presence but treasure with a smile the memories of our times together. Missing you. Mark Prokay (and Carol)


Beth and Annick Byrd posted on 5/27/20

Vera, our condolences to you and your family as you face this difficult time. We hope you can all find peace in the memories of your mother, her strength, endurance, and wisdom over a lifetime of love for her family.


Michele LaManna posted on 5/27/20

Light, Love, and Laughter Grace and Elevation Loyal, Kind, and Caring Aunt Liz made the world a better place. She made everyone feel special. Her gift to us all was the happiness she exemplified...that and her lasagna! She will remain forever in our hearts, and her memories will make us smile. Continued prayers for Frankie, Vera, Bobby, Cyndi - their families and her precious grandchildren, all of the cousins, nieces & nephews, and all that will sorely miss her. She is in the hands of our Lord and she is truly safe and at peace. Blessed are we to have shared her life.


Wanda Tidmore posted on 5/27/20

Vera, I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet your Mom. Cherish the memories that you and your family had with her. God Bless you and your family at this time.


Rick Schumann posted on 5/27/20

My deepest sympathies.


Barbara Skinta Orapello posted on 5/26/20

Sorry for your loss. I first met you and your daughter Ricky at Uncle Whities 95 birthday back in early 2000 I was very happy to learn we are cousins . Rest In Please Liz